Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our identity as forgiven sinners comes from the Father through Jesus

We are better than we think we are, and we are better off than we think we are. Our faith tells us this in the readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

In the first reading Peter is in the house of Cornelius, a Gentile. According to Jewish teachings, it was wrong for a Jew to enter a Gentile's home, for this would render such a person unclean. This was Peter's concern, but God commanded him to go to Cornelius' home and witness to Jesus.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s presence in our hearts reveals His desires for us

The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter stress that Christ was truly alive in the hearts of His disciples, and His aliveness transformed their hearts and attracted followers.

The first reading tells us: "The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace." One of the main reasons that the Church was at peace was that Saul, the persecutor, had become Paul, the evangelizer. That the teachings of Jesus could remove from the community the fear of being persecuted gave tremendous hope.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s actions through us catch the attention of those seeking Him

The impression I get from the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is that Jesus says to each of us, "I want to be on stage in your life wherever you go and in whatever you do."

In the first reading, Peter points out that the main character in their midst is the invisible Jesus Christ. He is the one engendering such a fervent and furious ferment.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Resurrection of Jesus leads to a reassessment of our lives

The readings for the third Sunday of Easter make a simple point: knowledge of the Resurrection of Jesus impels all hearers to reassess how they're living their daily lives. Up until Christ's Passion, Jews who came into the presence of Jesus, made an effort to conform their behavior to Jesus' presence and to His teaching.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The light of the Holy Spirit overcomes darkness

The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter make it clear that God engages His people in a new way, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spent three years presenting His followers with the truth of God's love for them, and He extended to His people the invitation to return that love.

At times, they briefly experienced the power of God's love when they witnessed a miracle, but that brief experience of love quickly faded. They didn't experience God's love as a permanent daily possession.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Faith in the resurrection of Christ transforms everything we do

The Feast of the Resurrection is as spectacular as it is mysterious. We'll never comprehend this mystery, we'll only experience it someday. The mystery touches us in inexplicable ways every day. Contemplating this mystery should profoundly alter the way we relate to others, because Christ relates to others through us.

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