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Anointed Ones: Reflections on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Monday Jan 9th)

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.06.12 |

Baptism

Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading.

His baptism marks the start of a new world, a new creation. As Isaiah prophesied, the Spirit descends upon Jesus…  [Continue Reading]

Newborn King: Reflections on the Epiphany of our Lord

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.06.12 |

Epiphany

An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.

Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much more, combining two strands of Old Testament promise - one revealing the Messiah to…  [Continue Reading]

In the New Beginning: Reflections on the Readings of Christmas Day

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.22.11 |

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The birth of Jesus marks a new creation, the start of a new heavens and a new earth (see Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13). That’s why the first words of today’s Gospel reprise the Bible’s first words - “In the beginning” (see Genesis 1:1).

Jesus is the Word that God spoke when He said, “Let there be,” and all things came to be (see Genesis 1:3, 26). The Wisdom through whom all things were made (see Proverbs…  [Continue Reading]

The Mystery Kept Secret: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.16.11 |

Annunciation 4

What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9).

Mary is the virgin prophesied to bear a son of the house of David (see Isaiah 7:13-14). And nearly every word the angel speaks to her today evokes and echoes the long…  [Continue Reading]

One Who is Coming: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.09.11 |

John the Baptist

The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t.

He is not Elijah returned from the heavens (see 2 Kings 2:11), although like him he dresses in the prophet’s attire (see Mark 1:6; 2 Kings 1:8) and preaches repentance and judgment (see 1 Kings 18:21; 2 Chronicles 21:12-15).…  [Continue Reading]

Straighten the Path: Reflections on the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.02.11 |

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Our God is coming. The time of exile - the long separation of humankind from God due to sin - is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today’s liturgy.

Isaiah in today’s First Reading promises Israel’s future release and return from captivity and exile. But as today’s Gospel shows, Israel’s historic deliverance was meant to herald an even greater saving act by God - the coming of Jesus…  [Continue Reading]

Advent 2011: Extraordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.28.11 |

Advent Annunc.

This is no ordinary Advent.

The Holy Father is treating this time as a moment of great historical significance. It’s the time of the new evangelization.

In recent months Pope Benedict has spoken and acted with great urgency about the matter. He established a dicastery in the Vatican to oversee new evangelistic efforts. He summoned a synod of bishops for 2012 to discuss the new evangelization. And…  [Continue Reading]

Watch For Him: Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.23.11 |

Angelico Christ

The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne - to save and shepherd His people.

Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple.…  [Continue Reading]


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