Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | As stewards of our souls, we are called to negotiate with God

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

'This is good and pleasing to God, our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.' 

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s compassion is always greater than mankind’s offenses

I want to go home to my Father" is the cry of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. That is also the deepest cry of us as sinners.

The first reading reveals how depraved God's chosen people have become. God, depicted in human terms, precedes His threat to wipe out His people by first saying, "Let me alone...." Even in His threat of punishment, He makes Himself "vulnerable" by inviting Moses to bargain with him. Moses bargains, and God relents and renews His promises to Abraham's descendants. God's compassion is always greater than mankind's offenses.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Wisdom of the Holy Spirit helps us know our weaknesses

The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that to know and act upon God's will for our lives, we need all the help we can get from Him.

The first reading asks the question: "Who can know God's counsel or who can conceive what the Lord intends?" It takes very little experience to realize that when it comes to understanding our own inconsistent complexities and how these relate to God's will, we humans are clueless.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Humility prepares us to receive God’s love

For the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, the second reading from Hebrews captures a vivid snapshot of the deepest longing of our hearts, a life of eternal glory with God, in the midst of all the angels and saints. The first and third reading reveal humility is a necessary virtue to get there.

The author of Hebrews describes the giving of the first covenant on Mount Sinai as a fearful and dreadful experience, with "blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm," together with a trumpet blast and a voice so frightening that the people begged never to hear such words again.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Show Jesus to all by your attitudes toward others

God is the initiator of all salvation and He sends His invitation to everyone. What we do with that invitation affects God's glory. If we receive and live it, we bring God's glory to others; if we reject it, we diminish God's glory and rob Him of the opportunity to glorify us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Keep your eyes fixed on Christ to find the path to heavenly glory

The readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that God's love is a purifying fire to prepare us for eternal glory with Him, because ours is a jealous God who wants us for Himself.

In the first reading, Jeremiah has been put into a cistern and lowered into the mud to be killed. God used Jeremiah to speak a word of repentance to the people of Judah, but they refused to listen. Now the Babylonian army is ready to capture the people and take them into exile.

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