Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | To be an effective evangelist, allow Jesus to transform your inner being

Every time God speaks to us through His word, it's obvious that He desires to share with us His inner life so that we might become more like Him. We see this in the three readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the first reading from Isaiah, God tells us: "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is still near." We seek the Lord when we relinquish sinful behavior. "Let the scoundrel forsake his way and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s goodness is so overwhelming we can’t lose

If God were to reveal to us His incredible goodness which He desires to share with us someday, we would probably perish, overwhelmed by sheer joy.

Therefore, God gives out His goodness in incremental amounts suited to our needs. For example, when we're deeply hurt by the words or actions of another, we suffer intensely and face a clear choice: retaliation, or turning to God for comfort and support.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Proclaiming truth, even when uncomfortable, produces wonderful results

In the readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, God commands each of us to be a spokesperson for His saving truth.

In the first reading, God tells Ezekiel, "You I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me...."

About 45 years ago, I was at a prayer meeting, and I got the inner urge to share this very passage from Ezekiel, but chose not to for fear of turning off a seminarian, who was present for the first time.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The joy of repentance draws people to God’s peace

All three readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time celebrate the power of God to change human hearts.

The selections begin with Jeremiah's complaint against God, alleging that God deceived him and also that Jeremiah let himself be deceived. Several chapters earlier he stated, "When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, because I bore your name, O Lord, of hosts. ... Under the weight of your hand I sat alone because you filled me with indignation."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Word of God is the truth that exposes lies

The readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time make it clear that God intends to establish His authority on the face of the earth, in the hearts of all mankind so that mankind will come to know Him and accept His invitation to enter into the life of the Most Holy Trinity for all eternity.

In the first reading, God replaces Shebna as the master of the palace and gives that authority to Eliakim. Apparently, there had been mismanagement in the palace, and God didn't want His people to be led astray.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God passionately wants to share His mercy

God is the relentless source of goodness to all who come to Him in hope and humility, an image depicted in the readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the first reading, the Lord tells us: "Observe what is right, do what is just; for My salvation is about to come, My justice about to be revealed." Justice and righteousness are divine prerogatives. Man can't justify himself by his works; he can only receive righteousness as a gift from God, who offers the gift of righteousness so that man can experience dialogue and union with God.

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