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Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.28.13 |
Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of February 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm. Nothing in my past—indeed, very little in history—had prepared me for what I found in the news that day.
To many people, the pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle.
But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.22.13 |
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1,7-9, 13-14
In today’s Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John and James. There we see Jesus “transfigured,” speaking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus.”
The Greek word “exodus” means “departure.” But the word is chosen deliberately here to stir our remembrance of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt.
By His death… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.15.13 |
In today’s epic Gospel scene, Jesus relives in His flesh the history of Israel.
We’ve already seen that like Israel, Jesus has passed through water, been called God’s beloved Son (see Luke 3:22; Exodus 4:22). Now, as Israel was tested for forty years in the wilderness, Jesus is led into the desert to be tested for forty days and… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.08.13 |
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.
His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each experiences the Lord’s forgiveness and… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.01.13 |
Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
God’s words in today’s First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a “prophet to the nations” (see Luke 1:31-33).
Like the prophets before Him, Jesus too faces hostility. In today’s Gospel, the crowd in His hometown synagogue quickly turns on Him, apparently… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.18.13 |
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of “epiphanies.” The Liturgy is showing us Who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God.
Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial - Jesus is the newborn king of the Jews who makes us co-heirs of Israel’s promise, beloved children… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.11.13 |
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God’s plan - that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made “co-heirs” to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we’re shown how we claim our inheritance.
Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification. He humbles Himself to pass… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.07.13 |
I was overjoyed when I got the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict’s study of the Gospels. But I must confess I was a little sad at the same time. I knew this would be the third and final volume. I’ve loved these books; and, as I’ve said before to anyone who’ll listen, I believe they are the great legacy of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, just as the theology of the body was the great legacy… [Continue Reading]