Sunday Scripture

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.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Scripture readings show what trust in God means

God is always leading us from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the known and trusted to the unknown and, therefore, to the fearful. If we knew the way to heaven, we would not need God to show us the way.

The reading from the Book of Wisdom begins to develop this theme. The author of the Book of Wisdom wrote, "The night of the Passover was known beforehand to our fathers." However, where did that knowledge come from? It came from God's revelation to Moses. This knowledge was very vague and enlisted them in a trust relationship with God.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Keep your eyes fixed on our heavenly treasure

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time are a great gift to us because they remind us that our greatest gifts aren't possessions, but God found within us.

In the first reading, the author reflects on the fruits of human labor. For example, the man who has labored "with wisdom and knowledge and skill" must leave all his property to "another who has not labored over it."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God will grant the Holy Spirit to those who ask

The readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time make clear that God desires to share His power with sinful mankind.

To fully appreciate the importance of the first reading from Genesis, we must review what had happened just before this passage from Genesis. Abraham and Sarah were very old, many years past the childbearing age. Yet God had promised over and over again to Abraham that he would make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands of the sea shore.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God is glorified when we embrace His will

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that submission to God brings about His glory. In the first reading, Abraham instinctively practices the virtue of hospitality by inviting three men, traveling through the hot desert, a shade tree, water to bathe their sore feet and refreshing food.

He is the father of our faith, and his descendants were reminded to practice hospitality to strangers. Unknowingly, Abraham entertained three angels who told him that in one year his aged wife would be expecting a child.

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