Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | All creation issues forth from the Trinity

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On May 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, and the readings shed light on this, the greatest of divine mysteries.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (234) states: "The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the 'hierarchy of the truths of faith.'"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Pentecost unleashes the Holy Spirit on the whole Church

Jesus' gift of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Easter Sunday night was the beginning of a worldwide revolution to lead His faithful followers to eternal glory. On that night, Jesus unleashed upon the apostles, and eventually the whole world, the fruits of His passion, death and Resurrection. He unleashed God's awesome power of love to confront man's sinfulness and the forces of hell.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus’ Ascension leaves us with great expectations of the Holy Spirit

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

On May 8, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. After 40 days of post-resurrection appearances, Jesus takes formal leave of the apostles and disciples.

The departure of loved ones is always painful because we miss their comforting and reassuring presence. However, the departure of Jesus differs remarkably from any human departure that we may have experienced.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s love dwells within us

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reveals some remarkable things. "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling in him." Just think of it: If we fall in love with God's word, then Jesus and the Father fall in love with us, and They will come to dwell within us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s glory lies on the other side of hardships

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the power illustrated begins with Jesus' words at the Last Supper. "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him."

This power flows into the selection from the Acts of the Apostles, in which this power comes alive in Christ's disciples. The reading from the Book of Revelation reveals the ultimate glory of Christ's words as His disciples share in Christ's glory in heaven. This is good news for us because we share in Christ's power working the Father's glory in our hearts.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Invite Jesus to be your daily companion

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

We've all heard the cliché, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter make it clear that our destiny is eternal glory, and Jesus and the Father show us the way.

To take the readings chronologically, first comes the Gospel, then the Acts of the Apostles, and concludes with the Book of Revelation.

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