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Bride and Joy

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.08.12 |

Wedding Feast at Cana

“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there” (John 2:1).

It’s May, Mary’s month, and the month when I am “giving away” my daughter in marriage. It’s hard for a dad, especially the dad of such a daughter, because I know no one deserves her. But Ben comes close.

Hannah is the third of my children to walk the aisle, but she’s my only daughter, and the preparation is different…  [Continue Reading]

On the Vine: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.04.12 |

True Vine

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine that God intended Israel to be—the source of divine life and wisdom for the nations (see Sirach 24:17-24).

In baptism, each of us was joined to Him by the Holy Spirit. As a branch grows from a tree, our souls are to draw life from Him, nourished by His word and the Eucharist.

Paul in today’s First Reading seeks to be grafted onto the visible…  [Continue Reading]

The Shepherd’s Voice: Reflections on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.27.12 |

Good Shepherd

Jesus, in today’s Gospel, says that He is the good shepherd the prophets had promised to Israel.

He is the shepherd-prince, the new David—who frees people from bondage to sin and gathers them into one flock, the Church, under a new covenant, made in His blood (see Ezekiel 34:10-13, 23-31).

His flock includes other sheep, He says, far more than the dispersed children of Israel (see Isaiah 56:8; John…  [Continue Reading]

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]


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