bishop robert j. hermann

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Ask the Holy Spirit to show how God works in our lives

God is the invisible power behind every good thing that happens, which is supported by the readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the first reading, God explains to King Cyrus, a Gentile king, that God has anointed him, grasped his hand and subdued nations before him.

Remember that God chose the Persian King Cyrus as the leader to return the Israelites to the Promised Land and even to help them rebuild the temple. God does all of this in and through Cyrus, even though Cyrus doesn't know God.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God invites all to His heavenly banquet

The readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time aren't recommended for anyone who wants to remain joyless, bored, depressed, discouraged and driven to accomplish everything that leaves him or her empty.

These readings spell the destruction of all the above, containing an invitation to an unimaginable banquet. We need only take the time to forsake our joyless toys and endless activities that leave us frustrated, exhausted and depressed — and come to enjoy everything our hearts could ever desire.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Tough talk breaks through the barriers of our sins

The first and third readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time may be considered tough talk for tough times. But, behind the tough talk is an infinitely loving God who so dearly desires that all mankind receive and live the invitation to come into the Father's kingdom for all eternity. Sometimes it takes tough talk to break through the barriers our sins create.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God gives us freedom to choose to follow His truth

The readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on the unseen and hidden areas of our hearts in which God actively works with the power of His word.

In the first reading, God articulates what is happening in the heart of the Jewish followers: "You say, 'The Lord's way is not fair!'" Thus, God surfaces the hidden attitudes of people called to follow His way to freedom. In effect, He answers by suggesting that His ways are fair and just, but their behavior isn't.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | To be an effective evangelist, allow Jesus to transform your inner being

Every time God speaks to us through His word, it's obvious that He desires to share with us His inner life so that we might become more like Him. We see this in the three readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the first reading from Isaiah, God tells us: "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is still near." We seek the Lord when we relinquish sinful behavior. "Let the scoundrel forsake his way and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the Lord for mercy."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God’s goodness is so overwhelming we can’t lose

If God were to reveal to us His incredible goodness which He desires to share with us someday, we would probably perish, overwhelmed by sheer joy.

Therefore, God gives out His goodness in incremental amounts suited to our needs. For example, when we're deeply hurt by the words or actions of another, we suffer intensely and face a clear choice: retaliation, or turning to God for comfort and support.

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