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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]

The Supper of the Lamb

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.31.11 |

Passover Lamb

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.

Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,…  [Continue Reading]

Calling the Fathers: Reflections on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.28.11 |

Prodigal Son

Readings:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed…  [Continue Reading]

The Bible and the Fathers

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.13.11 |

Polycarp
Icon of St. Polycarp

It was the Bible that made me read the Fathers.
When I was studying for the Presbyterian ministry, I wanted to understand the world where Jesus lived and where the apostles preached. I wanted to defend the New Testament canon against its latest round of challenges, for example — against those who would place the newfound “Gnostic Gospels” on the same footing as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
My research…  [Continue Reading]

In the School of Pope Benedict

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.30.11 |

Pope Teaches

The new semester’s starting up. We’re heading back to school. I’m readying my lesson plans. My students are shopping for the best buys on their textbooks.

Maybe your school days are long over. But isn’t it good that we have these seasonal nudges—perennial reminders that we should never be finished with our learning? Maybe the school bus doesn’t stop for us any more, but we should still feel an eagerness…  [Continue Reading]


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