Sunday Scripture

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.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Reflect on Jesus’ question to Peter: ‘Do you love me?’

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Our subconscious is a beautiful part of our being, but all too often we use it as a deposit for painful and unwanted memories. We toss bothersome memories into our unconscious because they make us feel bad.

Perhaps St. Peter's most painful memories were his denials in the courtyard when Jesus was arrested. At the last supper Peter had even boasted, "Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | We are called to pass on God’s transformative mercy

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

God's mercy explodes upon the apostles in the Upper Room on Easter Sunday night when Christ appears to them in His resurrected body and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."

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