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Echoing God’s Word

Reflections on the readings from the Lectionary by Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017)

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Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 10, 2021
Wisdom 7:7-11 
Hebrews 4:12-13 
Mark 10:17-30 
Psalm 90: 12-17
Wisdom is God’s greatest gift.
Christians are tested as were the Israelites.
Discipleship requires a total commitment. 
Prayer for God’s compassion.
Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 17, 2021
Isaiah 53:10-11 
Hebrews 4:14-16 
Mark 10:35-45 
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22 
The Suffering Servant takes our pain upon himself.
The new High Priest shares our human condition.
Disciples must put away personal ambition.
God watches over us with love.
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 25, 2021
Jeremiah 31:7-9 53:10-11 
Hebrews 5:1-6 
Mark 10:46-52 
God promises to restore that which God has made.
The priesthood of Christ is not limited by time.
Jesus does the work of God: Restoring creation.
Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time - October 31, 2021
Deuteronomy 6:2-6 
Hebrews 7:23-28 
Mark 12:28-34
The Lord is One; That One calls us to love.
The priesthood of Christ is not limited by time.
Jesus teaches the Law of Love.
Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 7, 2021
1 Kings 17:10-16        
Hebrews 9:24-28        
Mark 12:38-44        
Psalm 146: 7-10    
God cares for the widow through the ministry of Elijah.
Christ will save those who wait for his return.
Jesus praises the humble woman who gave all she had.
God stands by those who have no one to defend them.
Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time - November 14, 2021
Daniel 12:1-3 
Hebrews 10:11-14,18 
Mark 13:24-32 
Psalm 16:5, 8-10 
Our names are in the Book of Life.
His enemies will be subdued.
He will return with power and glory.
They will live in light and joy.
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - November 21, 2021
Daniel 7:13-14 
Revelation 1:5-8 
John 18:33-37 
Psalm 93:1-2,5 
One Like a Human Being is exalted above all.
Jesus Christ is one with the Lord of Hosts.
The title “king” is affirmed at the trial of Jesus.
A royal psalm acknowledges the universal reign of God.
First Sunday of Advent - November 28, 2021
Jeremiah 33:14-16 
1 Thessalonians 3:12 -4:2 
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10,14 
The Lord will send a new David to bring peace and justice.
God prepares our hearts so we may prepare our lives.
The “great day” is coming; we need to be watchful.
We wait for the day of the Lord.
Second Sunday of Advent - December 5, 2021
Baruch 5:1-9 
Philippians 1:4-6,8-11 
Luke 3:1-6 
Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6 
God’s people return to Jerusalem amid great glory. 
Paul prays that the Church may show itself blameless.
In John the Baptist, God introduces salvation for all.
God’s people return from captivity in festive joy.
Third Sunday of Advent - December 12, 2021
Zephaniah: 3:14-18 
Philippians: 4:4-7 
Luke: 3:10-18 
Response: Isaiah 12:2-6
The Lord is still among the people.
Paul is filled with joy because the Lord is near.
The Baptist urges people to live rightly for the Lord is near.
“Sing praise! The Great One is among you!
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 19, 2021
Micah 5:14 
Hebrews 10:5-10 
Luke 1:39-45 
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19 
A new “King David” will come from Bethlehem.
Christ came as one of us to make us one with God.
Mary hears God’s will for her and accepts it.
Shepherd of Israel, come to shepherd your people.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - December 25, 2021
Isaiah: 52:7-10 
Hebrews 1:1-6 
John 1:1-18 
Sing for joy. There is good news coming!
Now God speaks to the people through the Son.
The Word of God is one with us, living in our midst.
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph - December 26, 2021
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:41-52 
Respect for God requires that we honor our parents. 
Christian life asks that we respect one another.
The child Jesus grew to maturity and wisdom. 
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God - January 1, 2022
Numbers 6:22-27 
Galatians 4:4-7 
Luke 2:16-21 
Aaron blesses the people of Israel in God's name.
God blesses time by sending his Son in history.
On the eighth day the Child is named.
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord - January 2, 2022
Isaiah 60:1-6 
Ephesians 3:2-6 
Matthew 2:1-12 
Gentiles will come to faith in the light of God's people.
Astonishing revelation: Gentiles are brought to Christ.
Wise men from the Gentiles follow a light to find Christ.
Feast of the Baptism of the Lord - January 9, 2022
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 
Acts 10:34-38 
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 
God’s servant will bring sight to the blind. 
God has anointed Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah and Lord. 
Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father.
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 16, 2022
Isaiah 62:1-5 
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 
John 2:1-12 
Psalm 96:1-3,7-10
God weds his people as a young man marries a virgin. 
The Holy Spirit is the source of all gifts in the Church. 
The age of the Messiah has come: Wine flows in abundance!
Praise God for his gracious love. 
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 23, 2022
Nehemiah 8:2-10 
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 
Psalm 19:8-10,15 
We hear the word of God and promise to be faithful.
The many members are one in the body of Christ.
Jesus assumes the role assigned for the Messiah.
God’s word gives spirit and life. 
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 30, 2022
Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 
Luke 4:21-30 
Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17 
A prophet facing rejection still must speak the truth. 
The greatest of the gifts is love.
Does God abandon those who reject prophets and now Jesus? 
Those who trust in God will not be disappointed. 
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 6, 2022
Isaiah 6:1-8  
Psalm 138:1-8 
1 Corinthians 15:1-11 
Luke 5:1-11 
The Lord chooses Isaiah to be prophet.
Men and women join the angels in praising the Lord. 
The preaching of Paul is the foundation of our belief. 
Jesus chooses the apostles who will call other disciples
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 13, 2022
Jeremiah 17:5-8  
Psalm 1:1-6 
1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20 
Luke 6:17,20-26 
Curses or blessings: depending on whom you trust. 
Blessed and prosperous the ones who trust in the Lord. 
If Christ is not alive, why do we believe?
Blessings and woes: not just beatitudes. 
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 20, 2022