Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Taking up the soul-saving mission of God

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time help us sort out what is fleeting from what is permanent in life; what is pleasing to our senses from what is pleasing to our spirit.

The rich young man in the Gospel faces these choices. He is a good young man who apparently has lived a good moral life, has many riches and now wants to add the kingdom of heaven to his acquisitions.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Power of godly love holds the center together

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

After the basic message of salvation, the world today needs to hear messages about the sanctity of marriage and the sacredness of human life. These values are at the very core of society.

Sometimes it seems that societies around the world are unraveling from the center. In 1919, Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote a poem entitled "The Second Coming." In it he states:

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...

... Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God intends for His gifts to be shared

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time make a simple point: The Holy Spirit unites us to God and one another, while material attachments separate us.

In the first reading, Moses, following the advice of his father-in-law Jethro, invoked God's special blessing on 72 chosen men to help him in ministry. Even though two of the men weren't in camp at the time of the anointing, the Holy Spirit still fell upon them because they had been chosen.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Embracing the 'confusion' of God's plan

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The three readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time point out that when God enters into our lives, we lose our way. The things we had depended upon to carry out our life's project are undermined. We become confused and uncertain as to what's happening next.

The skills we have honed lose their purpose. Our life's goal falls apart; we're angry. What should have worked no longer does. What in the past gave consolation now leaves us hollow and empty.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Embracing our crosses unleashes the mercy of God on the world

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time are all about the power of the cross, alive in our midst. They refer to the passion of Christ as well as to the passion of every follower of Christ. Life is so much easier when we discover that Christ is alive in our passion, filling us with energy and hope.

The first reading, a servant song from Isaiah, is a hint of Christ's passion. It portrays God's servant as obedient in the face of trials. In the midst of intense suffering, he is very much aware that God is his helper every step of the way. The Lord God is with him to strengthen him.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God longs to erupt through us into the lives of others

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time show us a God who is waiting to break into our lives so as to reveal His mercy and saving power, if only we give Him the chance.

In the first reading, Isaiah tells the Israelites that their suffering at the hands of the Assyrians will end. Isaiah uses physical imagery to convey spiritual transformation.

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