Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Holy Spirit helps us let Jesus loves us through our shame

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter speak about our present and our future. When Jesus tells His Jewish audience, "I have other sheep," He is referring to the non-Jews who will hear His word. That includes you and me.

Every day, Christ the Good Shepherd searches for us. You might say, "But I am baptized and I belong to Him." That is partially true. You have committed yourself to follow Him, but you don't fully understand what it means to follow Him.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let Christ open your mind to the meaning of Scriptures

The Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter sets the tone for the liturgy and for Christ's message to His Church. He opened disciples minds to understand the meaning of the Scriptures.

Two disciples, who left Jerusalem in confusion about the crucifixion, meet Jesus on the way to Emmaus. He opens their eyes and their hearts by telling them: "Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and enter into His glory?"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ wants us to extend to others His infinite mercy

Imagine the great joy on Easter Sunday night when Christ made a surprise appearance to the frightened Apostles in the room where just a few days before He had celebrated the Last Supper with them.

So much had happened in the past three days. After the Last Supper, Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter denied Him three times, and the Apostles abandoned Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Now they're gathered in the upper room with the doors locked for fear of the Jews. They're praying their hearts out when suddenly Christ appears, bearing His five wounds.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Reexamine the past year in light of Jesus' Resurrection

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the Easter Gospel, Mary of Magdala, Peter and John were stunned, confused, bewildered and perplexed when they found the tomb empty. Even though Christ had told them that He would rise from the dead, His words at that time were incomprehensible. The apostles had no previous experiences to which they could connect His words.

The revelation about His Resurrection is about to explode in their consciousness. John, the beloved disciple and the contemplative, is the first to comprehend. When he entered the tomb, "he saw and believed."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ's resurrection fills us with the hope of new life

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Holy Week is the greatest week of the liturgical year. Devotion to Christ's passion is essential for salvation. The paschal mystery describes the law of dying and rising that must direct our lives. The more deeply we enter into this paschal mystery, the more we will experience victory over sin. The more we enter into the love of Christ that powered Him through His passion, the more we move into a love that crowds out sin. That is the power of the cross of Christ.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our hearts hunger for holiness and mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent shout out man's hunger for God's mercy and God's desire to share that mercy.

Let's explore this hunger within ourselves. Our greatest hungers aren't for possessions, sensual pleasures, or earthly power and glory. These might consume most of our time and effort, but they're distractions from our deepest thirst. They're mere superficial camouflages of our deepest hunger and don't ever satisfies our deepest instincts.

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