Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.10.14 |
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Our Lord’s parable in today’s Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history.
God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The Israelites are those first invited to the feast by God’s… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.03.14 |
Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20
In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God.
And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood.
God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from Egypt and transplanted… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.29.14 |
Pope John Paul II was arguably the most iconic priest of the last century. Millions attended his Masses — at extraordinary World Youth Day rallies, from Denver to Manila. And over the course of his twenty-seven-year pontificate, tens of thousands more attended the “private” weekday Masses in his apartment, whose little chapel was always crammed with as many people as possible.
He inspired a generation… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.26.14 |
Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?
This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in today’s… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.19.14 |
Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5).
Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.05.14 |
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16).
He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith, building on laws of discipline… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.03.14 |
“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him, and every one whose spirit moved him” (Exodus 35:11).
They came to Franciscan University; and like those long-ago Israelites, they found their way to the tent.
The occasion was our annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference, which is always heart-stirring. This year’s was special, though, because we were able to welcome so many people to the new home… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.29.14 |
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach.
But God does not deceive - and Jeremiah knows… [Continue Reading]