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The “Hour” Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.19.15 |

Thorns

Readings:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15
Hebrews 5:7-9
John 12:20-33

Our readings today are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, Jeremiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The hour has come, Jesus says in the Gospel. The new covenant that God promised to Jeremiah is made in the “hour” of Jesus - in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father’s right hand.

The…  [Continue Reading]

Living in the Light: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.12.15 |

John 3:16

Readings:
2 Chronicles 36:14-17, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
Ephesians 2:4-10
John 3:14-21 (see also “Binding Isaac, Crucifying Jesus”)

The Sunday readings in Lent have been showing us the high points of salvation history - God’s covenant with creation in the time of Noah; His promises to Abraham; the law He gave to Israel at Sinai.

In today’s First Reading, we hear of the destruction of the kingdom established…  [Continue Reading]

Spiritual Sacrifices: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.06.15 |

Jesus Driving Money Changers

Readings:
Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19:8-11
1 Corinthians 1:22-25
John 2:13-25

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) - to reveal its true purpose in God’s saving plan.

He is the Lord the prophets said would come - to purify the temple, banish the merchants, and make it a house of prayer for all peoples (see Zechariah 14:21; Malachi 3:1-5; Isaiah 56:7).

The God…  [Continue Reading]

Bonds Loosed: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.26.15 |

Transfiguration Mark 9

Readings:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15-19
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week’s First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test.

The Church has always read this story as a sign of God’s love for the world in giving His only begotten son.

In today’s Epistle,…  [Continue Reading]

The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.20.15 |

Jesus Tempted Mark 1:12

Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant…  [Continue Reading]

February 22nd 2015 - First Sunday of Lent

The New Creation

Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15


Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.16.15 |

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).…  [Continue Reading]

Lenten Back to Basics

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.06.15 |

Prodigal Son close up

I love Lent.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I take pleasure in fasting. And I don’t enjoy “giving stuff up” any more than the next guy. In my devotional life I can be a typical spoiled American.

But Lent, for me, is always a hopeful time. It’s my annual reminder that change is possible. More than that, I’m reminded that God wants me to change and wills me to change. So he’ll give me the grace I…  [Continue Reading]

Raised to Serve: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.06.15 |

Book of Job

Readings:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

In today’s First Reading, Job describes the futility of life before Christ.

His lament reminds us of the curse of toil and death placed upon Adam following his original sin (see Genesis 3:17-19). Men and women are like slaves seeking shade, unable to find rest. Their lives are like the wind that comes and goes.

But, as…  [Continue Reading]


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