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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]

The King’s Authority: Reflections on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.27.12 |

Holy Face of Jesus

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion - asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31).

Notice that today’s events take place on the sabbath. The sabbath was to be an everlasting sign -both of God’s covenant love for His creation (see Exodus 20:8-11; 31:12-17), and His deliverance of…  [Continue Reading]

Following Him: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.20.12 |

Calling Peter

The calling of the brothers in today’s Gospel evokes Elisha’s commissioning by the prophet Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:19-21).

As Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family’s farm, so Jesus sees the brothers working by the seaside. And as Elisha left his mother and father to follow Elijah, so the brothers leave their father to come after Jesus.

Jesus’ promise - to make them “fishers of men” - evokes…  [Continue Reading]

Ushering in the New Year of Faith!

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.09.12 |

Increase our Faith!

The Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5).

That’s been the constant cry not only of the Lord’s Apostles, but of every disciple since Day One of the New Testament. Deep faith got Jesus’ attention (see Matthew 8:10) and moved him to perform miracles (see Matthew 9:2 and 22). Shallow faith brought on his rebuke (see Matthew 6:30 and 14:31).

He strongly suggested that our prayers…  [Continue Reading]

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]


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