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Faith of Our Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.09.13 |

All Saints

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:35-40

We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (see Hebrews 12:1). We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm.

The Liturgy this week sings the praises of our fathers, recalling the defining…  [Continue Reading]

My Summer Vocation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.08.13 |

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God made me for this purpose.

That same thought occurs to me every year after the St. Paul Center’s exhausting, exhilarating Letter & Spirit Summer Institute. We just wrapped up our sixth annual gathering of doctoral candidates. It’s five intense days of fellowship, study, prayer, and discussion. But it’s become so much more than that. It’s become a community. What started as an Institute is becoming…  [Continue Reading]

The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.01.13 |

Rich Fool

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Luke 12:13-21

Trust in God - as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus.

Like the Israelites we recall in this week’s Psalm, we have made an exodus, passing through the waters of Baptism, freeing us from our bondage to…  [Continue Reading]

Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.26.13 |

Abraham Sodom

Genesis 18:20-32
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

Though we be “but dust and ashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading.

But even Abraham - the friend of God (see Isaiah 41:8), our father in the faith (see Romans 4:12) - did not know the intimacy that we know as children of Abraham, heirs of the blessings promised…  [Continue Reading]

What We Must Do: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.12.13 |

Good Samaritan

Deuteronomy 30:10-14
Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37
Colossians 1:15-20
Luke 10:25-37

We are to love God and our neighbor with all the strength of our being, as the scholar of the Law answers Jesus in this week’s Gospel.

This command is nothing remote or mysterious - it’s already written in our hearts, in the book of sacred Scripture. “You have only to carry it out,” Moses says in this week’s…  [Continue Reading]

Harvest Time: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.03.13 |

Harvest

Isaiah 66:10-14
Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Jesus has a vision in this week’s Gospel - Satan falling like lightning from the sky, the enemy vanquished by the missionary preaching of His Church.

Sent out by Jesus to begin gathering the nations into the harvest of divine judgment (see Isaiah 27:12-13; Joel 4:13), the 70 are a sign of the continuing mission of the Church.…  [Continue Reading]

He Must Increase: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Birth of John the Baptist

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.23.13 |

Birth of John the Baptist 2

Isaiah 49: 1–6
Psalm 139: 1–2, 13–15
Acts 13:22–26
Luke 1:57–66, 80

The people in today’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John.

Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be.

John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the womb he was set…  [Continue Reading]

Children of the Promise: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.21.13 |

Holy Face of Jesus

Zech 12:10-11; 13:1
Ps 62:2-6. 8-9 r. 2
Gal 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24

In this Sunday’s readings we hear the voice of the Prophet Zechariah as he delivers difficult oracles from God. The people have returned from exile. Now back in Jerusalem, they face the arduous work of rebuilding the Temple. Zechariah acknowledges their hardships and foresees more obstacles.

But their grief has a purpose. It is a remedy,…  [Continue Reading]


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