Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The kingdom of God is an invitation to us all

On September 3, 1914, when the cardinals elected Cardinal Giacomo della Chiesa as Pope Benedict XV, he received the customary pledge of their obedience. When Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val, the secretary of state who also had been a candidate for the papacy, came forward, Pope Benedict XV looked him in the eyes and said, "The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone." Without missing a beat, Cardinal Merry del Val responded, "By the Lord has this been done; it is marvelous in our eyes."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Adopt the attitude of Christ toward others

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Once on the farm when we were night hunting, our lantern ran out of kerosene. It was a very dark night in the woods. We knew where we were, but we couldn't see the path to lead us home, so we simply turned around and gingerly took steps until we got to a gravel road that led us home.

Sometimes in life when we don't pray, or even when we do pray but don't listen to the Lord, we lose our way. Our first reaction is to blame God for not caring for us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Scripture and prayer help us find our way home to heaven

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

What we now see, we will not always see. What we now possess, we will not always possess. All of these things will be passed on to others, because the Father is calling us away from these things unto Himself.

Therefore Isaiah tells us, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near." We didn't come into this world because we planned to. The Father has called us into this world to reveal His glory in the created universe, as well as to reveal the new life of grace He shares with us through His Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ's crucifixion and resurrection show His depth of commitment to us

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

There is a story about a conversation of the pig and the chicken living on the family farm. They were discussing what kind of Sunday morning breakfast they might offer their host family. The chicken suggested a breakfast of ham and eggs. The pig was quick to reply: "Yes, for you that is charity; for me, it is commitment."

If the readings for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are about anything, they are about the Son of God's commitment to make our life better, no matter what the personal cost.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God calls each of us to be a witness for His mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the readings for the 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, God is speaking directly to your heart and mine when He tells us: "You son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel." In this context, the term "son of man" refers to every son and daughter of Adam and Eve. God is appointing you and me to be recruiters for His kingdom.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Suffering is a deeper calling from God

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

All three readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time address the yet-to-be-redeemed within each of us that is crying out for freedom. This cry for freedom within is also a cry for help from God. The suffering this entails is filled with the presence of God at work in our hearts.

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