sunday scriptures

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The blood of Jesus cleans our consciences and forgives our sins

Some billionaires give away massive amounts of money to promote dark causes. Contrast them with Jesus, the God-Man, who gives us His Body and Blood as food to prepare us for eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

On the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord, we ponder the mystery of this total self-giving. The Old Testament is about the mystery of God giving Himself away to save His people.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Pentecost means receiving the Holy Spirit and using His gifts to evangelize

Where were we when the day of Pentecost arrived? We were still awaiting the Father's call to birth. He brought us into being so that we too could experience our own Pentecost.

The apostles didn't receive the Holy Spirit because they were holy. They received the Holy Spirit because they were sinners who needed the Holy Spirit to make them holy. This was God's surprise gift to them — and to each of us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Holy Spirit fuels our journey toward eternity with God

On May 13, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. When I think of all 20 mysteries of the Rosary, the one that most appeals to me is that of Christ ascending into heaven after the Resurrection.

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.

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