Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God calls us to receive and share His Divine Mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Sunday, April 27, is Divine Mercy Sunday. The celebration was first established on April 30, 2000, the day of the canonization of Sr. Faustina, the apostle of Divine Mercy. This year, it is also the canonization of soon-to-be-St. John Paul II, who declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday.

One quick look at the Gospel for that Sunday gives us the reason. Perhaps it was not St. John Paul II that gave us this feast, but Jesus Himself gave it to us on Easter Sunday night.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ's resurrection power has taken up the battle with Satan

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

So often we think of the resurrection of Christ as primarily a promise of our own resurrection from the dead. Since we fail to see our human condition as it really is, we fail to understand how Christ wants to free us in our lives today. If we don't understand our condition and the battle we are in, how can we understand the freedom Christ wishes to bring about in us?

When Adam sinned, he and all of his descendants had contracted a debt and had to battle Satan to free themselves, but since the sin was infinite, mankind could never get himself out of debt to Satan.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ's Passion is the outlet of His love for sinners

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Holy Week is holy because Christ made it holy that we might become holy. As French philosopher and Dominican priest Father Antonin Sertillanges once said, "The triumph of Jesus on Palm Sunday was actually a march toward Calvary, and He knew it. Thus, the triumph of the Christian to baptism, confirmation, first Communion, marriage, the priesthood or religious profession (and the single life) is and ought to be a march to Calvary.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | With God's resurrection power in us, we shouldn't fear death

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Who is afraid of death if you have resurrection power dwelling within you? That is the topic developed by each of the readings of the 5th Sunday of Lent.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Allow Christ's light to shine on our darkness

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The New Testament readings for the fourth Sunday of Lent are all about light. Paul mentions the term light six times. He tells us "light produces every kind of goodness, righteousness and truth."

In the physical world, darkness causes us to fear the unknown, to stumble, to sometimes crash into objects, become totally disoriented and lost. If we unknowingly stumble into a deep pit or step off a high cliff, we probably will crash to our death.

I Thought You Should Know | Jesus wants a relationship of mercy and forgiveness with us

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The story of Christ meeting the Samaritan woman at the well is your story and my story. It is a love story. In the Old Testament, wells have nuptial significance. Isaac's wife, Rebecca, was found at a well. His son, Jacob, met his wife, Rachael, at a well. Moses also first encountered his wife, Zipporah, by a well.

St. Augustine tells us that the Samaritan woman in Sunday's Gospel stands for the Church. Christ went to the well to meet His bride, the Church.

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