Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Wisdom helps prepare us for God’s heavenly banquet

There is a cliché in business journals that goes something like this: "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

A similar question we need to ask ourselves is this: "Based upon my present behaviors, where is my life leading me?"

The first reading for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time speaks of the gift of wisdom, saying it is resplendent and unfading and "is readily perceived by those who love her and is found by those who seek her."

Have I found this gift of wisdom? How do I recognize this gift? What does it do for me?

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s word confronts our behavior so we receive His mercy

In the readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, God simply tells us that when we take His word to heart, it produces good things in our hearts and therefore in our lives. When we fail to live that word, we fail to realize the happiness and peace that God's word is meant to bring.

In the first reading from Malachi, the Lord speaks to the leaders of the Jews and tells them: "You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Forgiveness and love are keys to defeating Satan

The readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time speak healing words to the heart of the racial divide in our society. Our reaction to the phrase "Black Lives Matter" often depends very much on the color of our skin. However, what we may not realize is that the evil one is using human divisions to win converts for his kingdom of evil.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Ask the Holy Spirit to show how God works in our lives

God is the invisible power behind every good thing that happens, which is supported by the readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the first reading, God explains to King Cyrus, a Gentile king, that God has anointed him, grasped his hand and subdued nations before him.

Remember that God chose the Persian King Cyrus as the leader to return the Israelites to the Promised Land and even to help them rebuild the temple. God does all of this in and through Cyrus, even though Cyrus doesn't know God.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God invites all to His heavenly banquet

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time aren't recommended for anyone who wants to remain joyless, bored, depressed, discouraged and driven to accomplish everything that leaves him or her empty.

These readings spell the destruction of all the above, containing an invitation to an unimaginable banquet. We need only take the time to forsake our joyless toys and endless activities that leave us frustrated, exhausted and depressed — and come to enjoy everything our hearts could ever desire.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Tough talk breaks through the barriers of our sins

The first and third readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time may be considered tough talk for tough times. But, behind the tough talk is an infinitely loving God who so dearly desires that all mankind receive and live the invitation to come into the Father's kingdom for all eternity. Sometimes it takes tough talk to break through the barriers our sins create.

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