Sunday Scripture

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Be persisent and pray always

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time stress the importance of persistence in prayer before our God.

In the first reading, the Israelites battle the superior army of Amalekites. Joshua was to engage the Amalekites in battle, while Moses climbed to the top of a hill overlooking the battlefield. He raised his arms toward heaven, and as long as he kept them raised, the Israelites were victorious. But when his arms grew weary, the Amalekites gained momentum. Hence, Moses asked Aaron and Hur to support his hands raised to heaven, and thus the Israelites were victorious.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God transforms inner poverty into beautiful virtues

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate the power that gratitude and thanksgiving have in our lives.

In the first reading, a Gentile, Naaman the leper, comes to Elisha, the Lord's prophet, for healing. Naaman was a man of considerable means and had servants at his disposal. Leprosy was a profound embarrassment for him. Even more embarrassing, Elisha refused to come out to meet Naaman, to lay hands on him and pray with him.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let Christ live through you

Paul wrote in the letter to the Galatians, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Perhaps this passage shows how the readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time are interconnected. These readings tell us there is something within us that we perceive ever so dimly.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Focus on making virtuous choices in life

Since we are a people covenanted to the Lord, the readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time spell out the everlasting consequences of our everyday decisions, whether good or bad.

In the first reading, the Lord clearly speaks to His chosen people, "Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves from the stall!"

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.

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