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Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.03.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.29.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.22.12 |
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]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.15.12 |
Through the oracles of the Prophet Ezekiel, God gave his people reason to hope. It would have been a cryptic message to his hearers, long centuries before the Lord’s coming.
Ezekiel glimpsed a day when the Lord God would place a tree on a mountain in Israel, a tree that would “put forth branches and bear fruit.” Who could have predicted that the tree would be a cross, on the hill of Calvary, and that… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.14.12 |
“Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival … with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8).
Saint Paul wrote that line about the Christian Passover, the feast of the victory of the Lamb of God. But he would certainly forgive me for applying it to the feast day he shares with Saint Peter on the Church’s calendar.
It’s a big day for us at the Saint Paul Center. He is, after all,… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.08.12 |
All of today’s readings are set in the context of the Passover. The First Reading recalls the old covenant celebrated at Sinai following the first Passover and the exodus.
In sprinkling the blood of the covenant on the Israelites, Moses was symbolizing God’s desire in this covenant to make them His family, His “blood” relations.
Quoting Moses’ words in today’s Gospel, Jesus elevates and transforms… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.01.12 |
Last Sunday, we celebrated the sending of the Spirit, which sealed God’s new covenant and made a new creation.
In this new creation, we live in the family of God, who has revealed himself as a Trinity of love. We share in His divine nature through His body and blood (see 2 Peter 1:4). This is the meaning of the three feasts that cap the Easter season - Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi.… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.25.12 |
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.
The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).
In today’s First Reading the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the… [Continue Reading]