Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Struggles help us awaken to a greater life in God

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The Gospel for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time illustrates the simple fact that the more overwhelmed we are by life, the more ready we are to let God burst into our lives. In the Gospel, the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years and the father of the dying 12-year-old girl knew that they had exhausted all worldly help.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | In moments of weakness, Jesus reveals the Gospel is the answer

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The Gospel for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time might prompt questions: "Why is Jesus crossing over to the other side in the evening? What will He find on that side? Why didn't He wait until morning when the disciples could see the sea's condition more clearly?"

We might ask Jesus similar questions about many scenes in the Gospel, which might stimulate a multiplicity of answers. The bottom line: Christ is always looking for more opportunities to uncover our poverty and to reveal the Gospel as the only answer.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Sacrifice necessary to live the culture of the Gospel

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The first and third readings of the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time are symbolic of God taking a tiny organism and turning it into a large and life-giving plant. When Ezekiel says God will take a tender shoot and plant it "on a high and lofty mountain," he might be suggesting the tree of the cross, planted on Calvary.

In the Gospel, Jesus uses a similar image in the parable of a tiny mustard seed sown in the ground. When it springs up, "it becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Bring our unredeemed actions to Christ in the Eucharist

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The opening prayer at Mass tells us so much about the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. To paraphrase a cliché, familiarity breeds apathy. Is it possible that we receive the Holy Eucharist so casually that we forget how momentous this event really is?

How often we do we really advert to how far we have fallen with the disobedience of Adam and Eve? Without God's intervention, we would be totally lost in darkness.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We are called to be intercessors for our opressors

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The last three verses of St. Matthew's Gospel might be the most power-packed three verses in the Bible.

First, Jesus tells us: "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Holy Spirit energizes us for evangelization

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

This is one of the most shocking, yet joy-filled passages of the Bible. The disciples have locked themselves in the upper room in fear of their lives. Just three days before, in this room, they ate the Last Supper with the Master, then abandoned him. They've been confused and deeply distressed since.

Their confusion and distress stems from choices they made in abandoning their Master. They're overcome by fear, grief and shame. They want to reconnect with that last warm memory of Christ's hospitality at the Last Supper, so they pray.

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