sunday scriptures

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?"

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Living the lifestyle God wants for us leads to happiness

We would each do well to ask ourselves this question: "What am I looking for?"

At one time in our lives, each of us thought that we were the most important person in our world because that is all we knew. Others existed to love us, nurture us and take care of us.

But then we found out that we were in competition with others for attention, nurturing and toys. We came to realize that others have the same needs.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The strength of a family is the practice of faith

Fittingly, the final Sunday of the year is devoted to family values, which hopefully reflects the grace-filled wisdom practiced over the past year. Christian virtues start in family living. That is where parents demonstrate how to integrate the word of God with daily living, model this behavior and teach these values to their children.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Mary models our participation in God’s plan for salvation

The mystery of the birth, death and resurrection of Christ taken together is the central mystery of revealed religion. The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent help us enter into this mystery, using Mary as the model of how we're invited to participate in this incredible act of God becoming man.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God give us His spirit to bring Godly power to others

The readings for the Third Sunday of Advent celebrate what the Lord has already done, as an indication of the even greater things He will do in the future.

In the first reading, Isaiah writes: "As the earth brings forth its plants and a garden makes its growth spring up, so will the Lord God make justice and praise spring up before all nations."

This allusion to the lushness of the earth's vegetation is a metaphor for the fresh spiritual energy God will pour out upon His people. Both the freshness of the vegetation and the freshness of spiritual rebirth come from the Holy Spirit.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Ask the Holy Spirit to bring a spirit of repentance

We start the second week of the new liturgical year with the beginning of St. Mark's Gospel. St. Mark makes it clear that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, but it's also a continuation of the unfolding revelation found in the Old Testament.

Isaiah tells us: "Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.'" Isaiah prophesied the forerunner of the Lord.

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