sunday scriptures

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s presence in our hearts reveals His desires for us

The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter stress that Christ was truly alive in the hearts of His disciples, and His aliveness transformed their hearts and attracted followers.

The first reading tells us: "The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace." One of the main reasons that the Church was at peace was that Saul, the persecutor, had become Paul, the evangelizer. That the teachings of Jesus could remove from the community the fear of being persecuted gave tremendous hope.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Christ’s actions through us catch the attention of those seeking Him

The impression I get from the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is that Jesus says to each of us, "I want to be on stage in your life wherever you go and in whatever you do."

In the first reading, Peter points out that the main character in their midst is the invisible Jesus Christ. He is the one engendering such a fervent and furious ferment.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Resurrection of Jesus leads to a reassessment of our lives

The readings for the third Sunday of Easter make a simple point: knowledge of the Resurrection of Jesus impels all hearers to reassess how they're living their daily lives. Up until Christ's Passion, Jews who came into the presence of Jesus, made an effort to conform their behavior to Jesus' presence and to His teaching.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The light of the Holy Spirit overcomes darkness

The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter make it clear that God engages His people in a new way, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spent three years presenting His followers with the truth of God's love for them, and He extended to His people the invitation to return that love.

At times, they briefly experienced the power of God's love when they witnessed a miracle, but that brief experience of love quickly faded. They didn't experience God's love as a permanent daily possession.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Faith in the resurrection of Christ transforms everything we do

The Feast of the Resurrection is as spectacular as it is mysterious. We'll never comprehend this mystery, we'll only experience it someday. The mystery touches us in inexplicable ways every day. Contemplating this mystery should profoundly alter the way we relate to others, because Christ relates to others through us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus’ silence roars with love for our redemption

On Palm Sunday, we enter into the most moving week of the liturgical year.

As we enter into His passion through quiet prayer, we engage the love in His heart that embraces the sufferings and insults of all humanity. This is Christ's opportunity to pour out on mankind God's unfathomable love and mercy. As we encounter His outward silence, let us be in touch with the inward roar of saying "yes" to the Father. Jesus models the strength and wisdom we need in encountering the effects of sin in our lives.

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