Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We’re called to wake to the God dwelling within us

The responsorial psalm captures and simplifies the theme of the readings for the first week of Advent. We're called to walk in the "light of the Lord."

Isaiah states: "In the days to come, the mountains of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills." This doesn't mean Mount Zion is physically the highest mountain, rather God chose this mountain as His special dwelling place.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Devotion to Christ’s passion begets a deep love for Jesus

On Nov. 20, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The most powerful image in the universe isn't a national flag or a coin or a monument. The most powerful image in the universe is the crucifix of Jesus Christ, the image of power over the entire created universe.

All three readings for this Sunday give a glimpse of what that power really is. In the first reading, it's the image of King David being anointed to be king over Israel. Up until now he was king of Judah, but now his reign extends to all of God's holy people in the chosen land.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Suffering for the faith glorifies Jesus and the Church

The first and third readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time tell about the incredible future that awaits beyond our troubled times.

Malachi is a prophet, not a Dale Carnegie. He tells how it is, not how we would like to perceive it. His imagery is frank, direct and even brutal. "Lo the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Embrace hardships in light of the glory to come

The theme of the three readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time are pieced together with this theme from the responsorial psalm: "But I in justice shall behold your face; on waking I shall be content in your presence." These readings pierce our ordinary lives on earth with the brilliant hope of resurrected life.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God is all-powerful and simultaneously all-merciful

The readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time are as amazing as they are incomprehensible. God is as infinite in power as He is in mercy and love.

The Book of Wisdom states: "Before the Lord the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth." On my family's farm, we had a balance scale to weigh items to be sold, and I can assure you that if a grain of wheat fell from the scale, we would never have noticed.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We, the lowly, cry out to God from our poverty

The responsorial psalm ties together the good news of all three readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which tell that the Lord is deeply moved by the prayers of the lowly.

In the first reading, Sirach says God shows no favorites "but He hears the cry of the oppressed....The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds."

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