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Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.21.14 |

Jesus on the Cross 2

Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18
Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–13
1 Corinthians 3:16–23
Matthew 5:38–48

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday.

Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect?

Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as his beloved children (Eph. 5:1–2).

As God does, we must…  [Continue Reading]

Affair of the Heart: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.14.14 |

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Sirach 15:15–20
Psalm 119:1–2, 4–5, 17–18, 33–34
1 Corinthians 2:6–10
Matthew 5:17–37

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that he has come not to abolish but to “fulfill” the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets.

His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral Law of the Old Testament. But his Gospel also transcends the Law. He demands a morality…  [Continue Reading]

Light Breaking Forth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.06.14 |

Light Breaking Forth

Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-9
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world.

As his disciples, we too are called to be “the light of the world,” he tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4–4, 9; 8:12; 9:5).

All three images that Jesus uses to describe the Church are associated with the identity and vocation of Israel.

God forever…  [Continue Reading]

Scott Hahn Reflects on The Presentation of the Lord

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.31.14 |

Presentation of the Lord

Readings:
Malachi 3:1-4
Psalm 24:7-10
Hebrews 2:14-18
Luke 2:22-40

Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God.  According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to the Temple and “redeem” him by paying five shekels. At the same time, the Law required the child’s mother to offer sacrifice in…  [Continue Reading]

Converted and Converting

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.22.14 |

Pauls Conversion

Our patron, St. Paul, isn’t any ordinary saint. He’s a singularity. He’s unique. And the Church calendar reflects the extraordinary role he played in God’s revelation. It was he who brought the Gospel to the world beyond Israel — the Gentiles. He’s credited as author of more than half the books of the New Testament, and it was under Paul’s tutelage that Luke composed his Gospel and Acts.

The Apostle…  [Continue Reading]

Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.17.14 |

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Readings:
Isaiah 49:3,5-6
Psalm 40:2,4,7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading.

He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.”

Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus - to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel, to gather and restore them to God. More than that,…  [Continue Reading]

Anointed Ones: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.09.14 |

Baptism of Our Lord

Readings:
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Matthew 3:13-17

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…  [Continue Reading]

A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Epiphany

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.03.14 |

Epiphany

Readings:
Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:-12,7-8, 10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

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,…  [Continue Reading]


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