Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let God’s compassion work through you

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate how God makes His invisible divinity visible in His actions in our midst.

In the first reading, the prophet Elijah prays over the dead son of a widow and raises him back to life. However, context is needed to understand the significance of this event.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus longs to make contact with us through the Eucharist

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Only God's grace lets us wrap our hearts around the mystery of Christ's love that we celebrate on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

Paul tells the Corinthians, and us, "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes." However, we might ask just what that means.

Does it mean that when we proclaim the death of the Lord, we also proclaim the forgiveness of sin? Does it mean that in the forgiveness of sin we find ourselves so deeply loved and cared for?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | All creation issues forth from the Trinity

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On May 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and the readings shed light on this, the greatest of divine mysteries.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (234) states: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith.'"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Pentecost unleashes the Holy Spirit on the whole Church

Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Easter Sunday night was the beginning of a worldwide revolution to lead His faithful followers to eternal glory. On that night, Jesus unleashed upon the apostles, and eventually the whole world, the fruits of His passion, death and Resurrection. He unleashed God's awesome power of love to confront man's sinfulness and the forces of hell.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus’ Ascension leaves us with great expectations of the Holy Spirit

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On May 8, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. After 40 days of post-resurrection appearances, Jesus takes formal leave of the apostles and disciples.

The departure of loved ones is always painful because we miss their comforting and reassuring presence. However, the departure of Jesus differs remarkably from any human departure that we may have experienced.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s love dwells within us

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reveals some remarkable things. "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling in him." Just think of it: If we fall in love with God's word, then Jesus and the Father fall in love with us, and They will come to dwell within us.

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