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Echoing God’s Word

Echoing God's Word in the Catholic Faith Community

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

(Click on the date to read the reflection)

First Sunday of Lent - February 18, 2018
Genesis 9:8-15
1 Peter 3:18-22  
Mark 1: 12-15
God makes a promise of life and seals it with a rainbow.
We are saved through the waters of baptism.
Jesus encounters his human dimension in the desert.
Second Sunday of Lent - February 25, 2018
Genesis 22:1-18  
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10
Abraham is willing to obey God.
God gives us everything in giving us Jesus.
Jesus shows his glory in a glimpse of the resurrection.
Third Sunday of Lent - March 4, 2018
Exodus 20:1-17
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25
God’s law leads us to freedom.
Jesus is the sign of God's wisdom and power.
His resurrection is our ultimate freedom.
Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 11, 2018
2 Chronicles 36:14-17
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21
God used Gentiles to change the hearts of his people.
We have been brought to life in Christ.
God so loved the world that he gave his Son.
Fifth Sunday of Lent - March 18, 2018
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33
God will make a spiritual covenant with his people.
In obedience to the Father, Jesus became our Savior.
In his death Jesus is glorified by the Father.
Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018
Isaiah 50:4-7  
Philippians 2:6-11  
Mark 14:1-15:47
The Servant of the Lord is open to God's word.
Jesus emptied, humbled himself in obedience.
The Passion and Death of Jesus Christ
Triduum & Easter Sunday - March 29-April 1, 2018
Acts 10:34, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-45
John 20:1-9
We know him because we have experienced him.
We share in the Resurrection; let us live worthily.
The disciples testify that the tomb is empty.
Second Sunday of Easter - April 8, 2018
Acts 4:32-35  
1 John 5:1-6
John 20:19-31
Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24
The disciples reach out in compassion.
Believing in Jesus as Son of God, we triumph over evil.
Jesus calls Thomas to faith; Thomas then worships.
"God's mercy endures forever."
Third Sunday of Easter - April 15, 2018
Acts 3:13-15,17-19  
1 John 2:15
Luke 24:35-48
Psalm 4:2,4,7-9
Sermon of Peter about the power of God in Jesus.
Our sins are removed through the intercession of Jesus.
The disciples eat with Jesus and touch his body.
When God answers us we feel peace and gladness.
Fourth Sunday of Easter - April 22, 2018
Acts 4:8-12
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18
Psalm 118
Jesus is the cornerstone of the building.
Through the Risen One, we are children of God.
He is the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for us.
The one rejected is now the foundation of the Church. 
Fifth Sunday of Easter - April 29, 2018
Acts 9:26-31
1 John 3:18-24  
John 15:1-8
Psalm 22
Saul witnesses to the Risen Lord.
Love of one another testifies to our love of God.
We are branches on the Vine which is Christ.
Together let us praise his name in worship.
Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 6, 2018
Acts 10:25-48
1 John 4:7-10
John 15:9-17
Psalm 98:1-4
God works also among the Gentiles.
We must love as Jesus has loved.
Love one another for perfect joy.
God's salvation extends to the Gentiles.
Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 13, 2018
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
1 John 4:11-16
John 17:11-19
Psalm 103:1-20
Another witness of Jesus’ resurrection must be chosen.
We acknowledge Jesus as Son of God, so we live in God.
Jesus prays that his followers may be holy.
We look to God’s kindness and bless God's name.
Pentecost Sunday - May 20, 2018
Acts 2:1-11  
1 Corinthians 12:3-13
John 20:19-23
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,3
The community is filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit creates a new Body for Christ.
Jesus comes to those who fear, bringing peace
God's Spirit has all power.