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Understanding the Scriptures: Reflections on the Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.20.12 |

Bible Open Glasses

Jesus in today’s Gospel, teaches His apostles how to interpret the Scriptures.

He tells them that all the Scriptures of what we now call the Old Testament refer to Him. He says that all the promises found in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in His passion, death, and resurrection. And He tells them that these Scriptures foretell the mission of the Church - to preach forgiveness of sins to all…  [Continue Reading]

The Day the Lord Made: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.13.12 |

Divine Mercy

Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.”

Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. By the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ pierced side (see John 19:34), we’ve been made God’s children, as we hear in today’s Epistle.

Yet we never met Jesus, never heard Him teach, never saw Him raised from the dead. His saving…  [Continue Reading]

Jesus Resurrection

Eighth Day Dawning

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.05.12 |

April began with Palm Sunday this year, and Easter Sunday falls on the eighth day. In so many ways, this brings us Christians back to our roots.

The early Church Fathers marked every Sunday as the “eighth day.” Creation was complete in six days, and God rested on the Sabbath—but at the Resurrection He began something new

The first-century Epistle of Barnabas presents the matter in a prophetic oracle.…  [Continue Reading]

No Place Like Rome

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.02.12 |

Rome

Teaching is like fatherhood. In fact, in the ancient world, it was considered a form of fatherhood. In the Oath of Hippocrates, medical students promised to take care of their aging teachers who had “fathered” them in the healing arts. In early Judaism, the rabbis were considered “fathers” to their disciples. And, of course, the Church came to look upon its first teachers as “the Fathers.”

A teacher…  [Continue Reading]

Darkness at Noon: Reflections on Passion Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.30.12 |

crown him

Crowned with thorns, our Lord is lifted up on the cross, where He dies as “King of the Jews.” Notice how many times He is called “king” in today’s Gospel - mostly in scorn and mockery.

As we hear the long accounts of His passion, at every turn we must remind ourselves - He suffered this cruel and unusual violence, for us.

He is the Suffering Servant foretold by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. He…  [Continue Reading]

The "Hour" Come: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.22.12 |

Jesus on the Cross 2

Our readings today are filled with anticipation. The days are coming, Jeremiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The hour has come, Jesus says in the Gospel. The new covenant that God promised to Jeremiah is made in the “hour” of Jesus - in His death, resurrection, and ascension to the Father’s right hand.

The prophets said this new covenant would return Israel’s exiled tribes from the ends of…  [Continue Reading]

Spiritual Sacrifices: Reflections on the Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.09.12 |

Jesus and the money changers

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) - to reveal its true purpose in God’s saving plan.

He is the Lord the prophets said would come - to purify the temple, banish the merchants, and make it a house of prayer for all peoples (see Zechariah 14:21; Malachi 3:1-5; Isaiah 56:7).

The God who made the heavens and the earth, who brought Israel out of slavery, does…  [Continue Reading]

Bonds Loosed: Reflections on the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.02.12 |

Abraham and Issac

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week’s First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test.

The Church has always read this story as a sign of God’s love for the world in giving His only begotten son.

In today’s Epistle, Paul uses exact words drawn from this story to describe how God, like Abraham, did…  [Continue Reading]


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