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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]

Dr. Scott Hahn - Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.18.11 |

When the End Comes: Reflections on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.18.11 |

Christ the King

Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ’s words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20).

For instance, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: “In Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of…  [Continue Reading]

Settling Accounts: Reflections on the Readings from the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.11.11 |

Christ Mosaic

The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us.

This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master. Having died, risen, and ascended into heaven, He appears to have gone away for a long time.

By our baptism, He has entrusted to each…  [Continue Reading]


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