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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]

My Ordeal

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.29.12 |

Dr. Hahn Teaching

It was exhausting and exhilarating. Between the end of one semester and the beginning of the next, I spent ten days working to establish a more visible and permanent presence for the St. Paul Center in southern California—teaching, speaking, taping, consulting with bishops, meeting with scholars and Hollywood stars. At night I sometimes caught chill, and I had no appetite for eating. But I chalked…  [Continue Reading]

The New Creation: Reflections on the First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.24.12 |

Pope Baptizes

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).…  [Continue Reading]

God’s Great ‘Amen’: Reflections on the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.17.12 |

Shroud of Turin

Today’s Gospel makes explicit what has been implied in preceeding weeks. Namely, that in healing the sick and casting out demons, Jesus is manifesting God’s forgiveness of His people’s sins.

They had wearied of God, refused to call on His name, we hear in today’s First Reading. Despite that, God promised to remember their sins no more.

Sin is often equated with sickness in Scripture (see Psalm 103:39).…  [Continue Reading]

Made Clean: Reflections on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.10.12 |

Jesus Healing a Leper

In the Old Testament, leprosy is depicted as punishment for disobedience of God’s commands (see Numbers 12:12-15; 2 Kings 5:27; 15:5).

Considered “unclean” - unfit to worship or live with the Israelites, lepers are considered “stillborn,” the living dead (see Numbers 12:12). Indeed, the requirements imposed on lepers in today’s First Reading - rent garments, shaven head, covered beard - are signs…  [Continue Reading]

The Real Campaign

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.30.12 |

Iconic Paul 2

The year has hardly begun, and in the United States we’re already well into our race to November’s presidential elections. The campaign follows us wherever we go. The media micro-analyze every candidate’s every word and gesture. And then the news stories make their way into our conversations at work and at home.

The papers and blogs and news networks—and even the political parties—count on us to get…  [Continue Reading]


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