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At Lazarus’ Tomb: Reflections for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.03.11 |

Lazarus

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today’s Gospel clearly has Jesus’ passion and death in view.

That’s why John gives us the detail about Lazarus’ sister, Mary - that she is the one who anointed the Lord for burial (see John 12:3,7). His disciples warn against returning to Judea; Thomas even predicts they will “die with Him” if they go back.

When Lazarus is raised, John notices the tombstone being…  [Continue Reading]

Eyesight to the Blind: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.31.11 |

Blind man

God’s ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today’s First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel - as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind.

The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin” he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ.

As God fashioned the first man from the clay of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), Jesus gives the blind man new…  [Continue Reading]

Reasons to Rock

Chair of Peter

It’s twenty-five years since I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. In some ways it seems like an aeon ago. In other ways it seems like yesterday.

It’s a quarter-century now, but I still experience, every February, a certain sense of homecoming. On February 22, the Church celebrates the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle. It’s an ancient feast, originally marking the first…  [Continue Reading]

Word Association

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.05.11 |

domini

Christmas came early for me in 2010. My biggest present arrived, date-stamped from the Vatican, in my email in mid-November. It was Pope Benedict’s new missive, the apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”) — the most important magisterial document on Sacred Scripture in nearly half a century.

(Click Here for a pdf version of Verbum Domini)

The Word of God is Pope Benedict’s highest…  [Continue Reading]

A Christmas Invitation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.07.10 |

Nativity 2

Advent is a profound moment in the Church’s year. As we pray the Mass, as we hear the readings, as we ponder the mysteries, we’re really studying the grand panorama of salvation history. In these few short weeks, we relive the longing and expectation of God’s people as they awaited the Messiah.
It’s also a chance to review our personal history, and to appreciate how God continues to work in our lives.…  [Continue Reading]

Not Your Average Reading Group

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.21.10 |

Rome Mountain

Here’s an excerpt of a letter I received this week:

My husband is a high altitude mountain climber. In planning for those extended treks, weight is a very serious concern, even to the point where some climbers cut the handle of their toothbrushes down to nubs. They do take books up, however, in anticipation of being bivouacked for multiple days in unwelcomed storms. Before he left for Aconcagua, the…  [Continue Reading]

Holy Land, Happy Landings

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.05.10 |

Saint Paul 23

Pilgrimage should be second nature to an institution that’s dedicated to the spirit of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Any book devoted to St. Paul’s ministry is sure to have pages devoted to maps. Our patron was a man on the move. Yet he was not a restless wanderer. He was a pilgrim, and he sojourned with a destination in mind. “For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus … for he was hastening…  [Continue Reading]

Who is the Rich Man of Luke 16?

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.15.10 |Lazarus, Luke 16, Rich Man

Rich Man

Very few of us can be numbered among the rich and the powerful who have the power to exploit the poor. So how are we to apply to our own lives the readings for the 25th and 26th S undays in Ordinary Time (Cycle C), which are so preoccupied with questions of social justice, wealth and poverty?

These readings remind us that the law of love (see John 15:12; Romans 13:8) means that each of us in some…  [Continue Reading]


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