god's will

BEFORE THE CROSS | God’s plan is fulfilled in His time, not ours

We begin a cycle of Old Testament readings this week that takes us through the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. In Monday's reading, God gives a promise to Abraham. This promise is reiterated several times throughout the week. But the key phrase is probably this: "Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb."

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our bodies, as temples of the Holy Spirit, radiate the presence of God

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent make it clear that the word of God will remain, but everything not in accord with His word must pass away.

The first reading gives us the Ten Commandments, which are foundational for the Old Testament Covenant. They spell out the basic behavior God expects from those who choose Him as their God. They give life if followed and point the way to destruction if not followed.

The commandments describe behavior that makes us righteous in the eyes of God -- godly behavior flowing directly from God Himself.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Obedience to God's will leads to happiness, eternal life

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

The Gospel for the 2nd Week of Lent features the Transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain in Palestine. However, we can't really understand the Transfiguration unless we understand the significance of obedience, in the first reading and the Gospel.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus helps us conform our will to God's

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

In the first reading of the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the young king Solomon has been chosen to be king of Israel, even though he's very young and inexperienced in leadership. God appears to Solomon in a dream and invites him to ask for a gift and He will give it to him.

Solomon could have asked for the gift of administration, or leadership training, or a council of elders to help him rule. Instead, he asks for "an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong."

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