Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Acceptance of God’s plan brings rest to our restless souls

The readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent reflect two seemingly contradictory states (though they are actually complementary): rest and restlessness.

First, the state of rest. Jeremiah saw his share of conflict, but he also saw it was never destined to be a permanent state for mankind. Earlier he had said, "More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Receiving mercy is our re-entry into God’s friendship

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent illustrate a simple fact: Man's best friend is God, while his two worst enemies are his own flesh and the Evil One.

God revealed to Judah a plan for its future, but the people of Judah had other plans for their happiness. "Early and often did the Lord, the God of their fathers, send His messengers to them, for He had compassion on His people and His dwelling place."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s crucifixion binds us together as beloved children of God

The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent focus on what the heart sees but the eyes don't.

In the Book of Exodus, God communicates His covenant to His people in order to form them into a community of love. To do this, they will need a common set of teachings and beliefs, hence the Ten Commandments.

This set of beliefs, if lived, will bind them to their God but also establish Godly principles in their heart, and these principles will unite them into a community.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Obedience to God’s will releases His overabundant blessings

The transfiguration of Jesus is a vivid description of a future life of glory if we do the will of the Father. We would do well in spending quiet time simply contemplating Jesus, transfigured in glory. He is the obedient one. That's our future, our calling and the fruit of doing the Father's will. We will have an eternity of contemplating God in His glory.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Expose your sinfulness to Christ and let His mercy wash you clean

Lent is the time each year when the Lord allows us to see our enormous need for redemption and how willingly He offers it.

Jesus also models for us how to spend this time of transformation. "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan."

In the desert, our humanity is tested. The desert is a dry and barren place. Fierce, wild beasts inhabit it. Food is hard to come by. Our humanity is threatened. For John the Baptist, food was locusts and wild honey. For Jesus, food was contemplating the will of the Father.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus fulfills our longings with His compassion

Leprosy was so contagious that victims had to be isolated from the rest of humanity. This caused victims to suffer from psychological illnesses associated with isolation and extreme loneliness.

Various scientific and psychiatric studies show that babies who don't receive sufficient human contact are more likely to suffer developmental delays — either physical or emotional.

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