The Seventh Summer by Scott Hahn

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.29.14 |

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In the Bible the seventh instance of anything is significant. Seven is the number signifying God’s covenant, and so it suggests a certain completion and perfection.

As we approached our seventh annual Letter and Spirit Summer Institute, it would have been natural to wonder whether our Institute has now become an institution.

Every year we approach it with high expectations, based on past successes,…  [Continue Reading]

Treasures of the Kingdom: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.25.14 |

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1 Kings 3:5,7-12  
Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-130
Romans 8:28-30  
Matthew 13:44-52

What is your new life in Christ worth to you?

Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish, would you follow Solomon’s example…  [Continue Reading]

Of Wheat and Weeds: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.18.14 |

Wheat

Readings:
Wisdom 12:13,16-19  
Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

Romans 8:26-27  
Matthew 13:24-43

God is always teaching His people, we hear in today’s First Reading.

And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve Him may hope for His mercy if they turn to Him in repentance.

This divine teaching continues in the…  [Continue Reading]

The Word’s Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Nate Roberts on 07.11.14 |

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Readings:
Isaiah 55:10-11  
Psalm 65:10-14

Romans 8:18-23  
Matthew 13:1-23

Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially.

Again we see, as we did last week, that the kingdom’s mysteries…  [Continue Reading]

A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Nate Roberts on 07.03.14 |

Jesus and Children

Readings:
Zechariah 9:9-10  
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14

Romans 8:9, 11-13  
Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses.

Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the Law, through which God first revealed himself and how…  [Continue Reading]

Blessed Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Apostle of India.

Posted by Robert Corzine on 07.03.14 |

St. Thomas the Apostle

Most people know him from the single episode in the upper room after Our Lord’s resurrection (John 20) when he at first refused to believe without seeing.  And if you refer to “Doubting Thomas” everyone will know whom you mean.  But when you take a look at his whole life and his martyr’s death, it would be more accurate if we called him “Trusting Thomas.”  Sent out with all of the Apostles to proclaim…  [Continue Reading]

The Apostles’ Church: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.27.14 |

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Readings:
Acts 12:1–11  
Psalm 34:2–9

2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18  
Matthew 16:13–19

This Sunday’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with belt, sandals, and…  [Continue Reading]

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Word of the ‘Living Father’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.18.14 |

Readings:
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That’s how Jesus presents it in today’s Gospel.

He doesn’t make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of His flesh and blood…  [Continue Reading]


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