Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Find Christ beyond our compulsions

All three readings for the 13th Sunday in Oradinary Time speak about the paradox of losing life in order to find life. In the first reading, the prophet Elisha meets a woman of influence who persuades him to dine with her. Later, whenever the prophet passed by, he would stop to dine there. She and her husband agreed to fix up a room for him to stay every time he passed by. On one occasion the man of God said to her, "This time next year you will be fondling a baby son."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Witnessing to the world starts with witnessing to God’s mercy

'Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.' 

In the Gospel reading for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus speaks in powerful imperatives, simply telling us that the time has come for the Gospel to explode on the world, and that we're the ones to make this happen.

One translation puts it this way: "What was concealed, must be revealed; what was secret, must be made known; what was said in darkness, must be spoken in light; what was whispered, must be shouted."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Receiving Christ’s Body and Blood preserves us for eternal life

The poet John Ciardi once said, "I love to hang around words and listen to what they mean." Catholics might aptly paraphrase that by saying, "We Catholics love to hang around Christ's words as He reveals to us the meaning of the Holy Eucharist."

In the Gospel for the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus says, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Trinitarian unity provides the answer to all the world’s hatred

My favorite image of the Holy Trinity is in the large dome in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It depicts the crucifixion, with the Father on His throne behind the crucifix, His arms outstretched and His hands holding Christ's hands to the cross. On the right side is a depiction of a dove as a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

In a nutshell, this image conveys the simple message: The Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit conspire to save us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Baptism in the Holy Spirit a path to a new awakening in the Church

Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, started off with great fireworks. These fireworks are much needed in our weary world today. We need to give back to God His power over our lives, so that He renews the face of the earth. He has the power, but He doesn't have our permission.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | As fruits of the great commission, we are called to make disciples of others

The feast of the Ascension of Our Lord marks the transition between Jesus' earthly ministry and the early Church's ministry.

When the time came to depart this earth, Jesus turned over the ministry to the apostles, who were to be filled with the Holy Spirit on the coming feast of Pentecost.

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