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Cup of Salvation: Scott Hahn reflects on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.19.12 |

Cup of Salvation

The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors.

But the road to Christ’s kingdom is by way of His cross. To share in His glory, we must be willing to drink the cup that He drinks.

The cup is an Old Testament image for God’s judgment. The wicked would be made to drink this cup in punishment for…  [Continue Reading]

Wisdom and Riches: Scott Hahn reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.12.12 |

Rich young Ruler

The rich young man in today’s Gospel wanted to know what we all want to know—how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He sought what today’s Psalm calls “wisdom of heart.”

He learns that the wisdom he seeks is not a program of works to be performed, or behaviors to be avoided. As Jesus tells him, observing the commandments is essential to walking the path of salvation—but…  [Continue Reading]

What God Has Joined: Reflections on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.05.12 |

Ring on Bible

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.

The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never at issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in today’s First Reading.

Divorce violates the order of creation, He says. Moses permitted it only as a concession…  [Continue Reading]

To Belong to Christ: Reflections on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.28.12 |

Salvador Jesus 2

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the apostles.

Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake of presuming that only a select few are inspired and entrusted to carry out God’s plans. The Spirit blows…  [Continue Reading]

Servant of All: Reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.21.12 |

Suffering Servant

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34). 

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged…  [Continue Reading]

Following the Messiah: Reflections on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.13.12 |

Holy Face of Jesus

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. 

Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” 

Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of…  [Continue Reading]

All Things Well: Reflections on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.06.12 |

Jesus Heals Deaf

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31). 

Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading that God will make the deaf hear and…  [Continue Reading]

Pure Religion: Reflections on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.31.12 |

Hebrew Scripture

Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law.

Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.

The gift of the law,…  [Continue Reading]


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