Bishop Robert Hermann

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Obedience to God’s will releases His overabundant blessings

The transfiguration of Jesus is a vivid description of a future life of glory if we do the will of the Father. We would do well in spending quiet time simply contemplating Jesus, transfigured in glory. He is the obedient one. That's our future, our calling and the fruit of doing the Father's will. We will have an eternity of contemplating God in His glory.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Expose your sinfulness to Christ and let His mercy wash you clean

Lent is the time each year when the Lord allows us to see our enormous need for redemption and how willingly He offers it.

Jesus also models for us how to spend this time of transformation. "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and He remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan."

In the desert, our humanity is tested. The desert is a dry and barren place. Fierce, wild beasts inhabit it. Food is hard to come by. Our humanity is threatened. For John the Baptist, food was locusts and wild honey. For Jesus, food was contemplating the will of the Father.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus fulfills our longings with His compassion

Leprosy was so contagious that victims had to be isolated from the rest of humanity. This caused victims to suffer from psychological illnesses associated with isolation and extreme loneliness.

Various scientific and psychiatric studies show that babies who don't receive sufficient human contact are more likely to suffer developmental delays — either physical or emotional.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The goodness of God’s Kingdom breaks into our sin-ridden world

Does the potential threat of a nuclear missile attack get the best of you? What about the constant threat of another terrorist attack, in almost any neighborhood? What about racial unrest, the inability of our society to work together for the common good? These fears are all aspects of a world where sin abounds and we have no place to go. It has been like this since Cain and Abel.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The inner silence produced by God’s word brings relief to our spirit

What are the sounds that drive us? Recently I was waiting at a red light and saw a driver in a car opposite me. He was bobbing his head up and down and side to side rhythmically. The movements seemed so extreme that I wondered how he could tell when the red light changed.

Granted, the body was simply responding in a musical way to the rhythms on his radio. Thank God there was a reason his body responded in this patterned way. If that weren't the case, I would think that the person might be in need of deliverance from unclean spirits.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus is the fulfillment of our hearts’ hungers

The Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time begins: "Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: '... this is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.'"

Just what does Jesus mean by "the time of fulfillment?"

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