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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]

Seven Upward

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.03.12 |

L&S vol. 7 Book Cover

If you’ve read any of my books, you know about the biblical significance of the number seven. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.  The seventh day would forever stand as a sign of the covenant (see Exodus 31:16-17).  He invited mankind to enter into His rest—to enter into a covenant relationship with Him, a family relation. Indeed, to swear a covenant in ancient Israel was…  [Continue Reading]

Arise!: Reflections for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.29.12 |

Arise

God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die, we hear in today’s First Reading. Death entered the world through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin; as a result, we are all bound to die.

But in the moving story in today’s Gospel, we see Jesus liberate a little girl from the possession of death.

On one level, Mark is recounting an event that led the disciples to…  [Continue Reading]

He Must Increase: Reflections on the Birth of John the Baptist

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.22.12 |

Baptism of Christ

The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John.

Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be.

John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the womb he was set apart, formed to be God’s servant, as Isaiah declares in this week’s…  [Continue Reading]


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