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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]

A Choice to Make: Reflections on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.23.12 |

Eucharistic Adoration

This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.

The 12 apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the new covenant He offers in His body and blood, or return to their former ways of life.

Their choice is prefigured by the decision Joshua asks the 12 tribes to make in today’s First Reading.

Joshua gathers them at Shechem—where God…  [Continue Reading]

Wisdom’s Feast: Reflections on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.16.12 |

LastSupper

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today’s First Reading.

We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3-4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly of the cross that is represented and renewed.

To the world, it is foolishness to believe that the crucified Jesus rose from the dead. And for many, as for the crowds in today’s Gospel, it is foolishness—maybe…  [Continue Reading]

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.14.12 |

Assumption of Mary

On this great feast, we praise God who has taken the sinless Virgin Mary, body and soul, into His glory. The celebration is from the ancient Church, and the reality it celebrates is embedded in our readings.

In our first, from Revelation, we find God’s temple in heaven opened and the Ark of the Covenant revealed. The most sacred item in Israel’s history, the Ark had been missing since the Temple’s…  [Continue Reading]

Take and Eat: Reflections on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.10.12 |

Eucharist 3

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today’s First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures, that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us.

We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in the desert. We can be tempted to “murmur” against God, as the Israelites did during their forty years in the desert (see Exodus 16:2,7,8; 1…  [Continue Reading]

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]


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