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Summer Heat Wave

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.07.12 |

Thorns

Things are hot at the St. Paul Center this summer, and it’s not the temperature on the thermometer that makes it so. It’s the fire of God’s love that you’ve helped to kindle.

As I write, I have just completed the St. Paul Center’s annual Summer Institute, the week when we gather young scholars for an intensive experience of study in a prayerful environment.

Our fellowship was heavenly. Or, as St.…  [Continue Reading]

Majestic Voice: Reflections on the Transfiguration of the Lord

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.06.12 |

Transfiguration 2

High on the holy mountain in today’s Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in His transfiguration.

Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law of Moses to the prophets and psalms (see Luke 24:24-27). As Moses did, Jesus climbs a mountain with three named friends and beholds God’s glory in a cloud (see Exodus 24:1,9,15). As Elijah did, He hears…  [Continue Reading]

Endurance Test: Reflections on the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.03.12 |

Priest raising monstrance

The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth in Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life.

The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s First Reading.

We have to see these times of hardship as a test of what is in our hearts, a call to trust God more and to purify the…  [Continue Reading]

Bread Left Over: Reflections on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feeding 5000

Today’s liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah and king, the Lord who comes to feed His people.

Notice the parallels between today’s Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few “barley” loaves. We hear similar words about how impossible it will be to feed the crowd with so little.…  [Continue Reading]

One Flock: Reflections on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.20.12 |

Good Shepherd

As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church.

Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had mislead and scattered God’s people. He promises God will send a shepherd, a king and son of David, to gather the lost sheep and appoint for them…  [Continue Reading]

The Church’s Mission: Reflections on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.13.12 |

Commissioning

In commissioning the apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the resurrection.

His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread and only one set of clothes, wearing sandals and carrying a staff (see Exodus 12:11; Deuteronomy…  [Continue Reading]

Hijo de María - 14o Domingo de Tiempo Ordinario

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.06.12 |

Perpetual Help

En los evangelios de los últimos do¬mingos hemos sido testigos, junto a los apóstoles, del poder de Jesús, quien es capaz de mandar al viento y al mar, y de levantar una muchacha que estaba muerta.

Sin embargo, parecería que no puede mostrar ese poder en Nazaret, su lugar de origen. El evangelio de este domingo lo dice claramente: “No pudo hacer allí ningún milagro” (Mc 6, 5).

¿Por qué no pudo?…  [Continue Reading]

Son of Mary: Reflections on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.06.12 |

Mary Jesus Lamb

As we’ve walked with the apostles in the Gospels in recent weeks, we’ve witnessed Jesus command the wind and sea, and order a little girl to arise from the dead.

But He seems to meet His match in His hometown of Nazareth. Today’s Gospel is blunt: “He was not able to perform any mighty deed there.”

Why not? Because of the people’s lack of faith. They acknowledged the wisdom of His words, the power…  [Continue Reading]


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