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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 |

Jesus on the Cross 2

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]

Saving Family: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.27.13 |

Holy Family

Readings:
Sirach 3:2-6,12-14
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Colossians 3:12-21
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

Underlying the wisdom offered in today’s Liturgy is the mystery of the family in God’s divine plan.

The Lord has set father in honor over his children and mother in authority over her sons, we hear in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the blessings of the family flow from Zion, the heavenly…  [Continue Reading]

God Is With Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.20.13 |

Mary Ark of the Covenant

Readings:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25-26).

This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle - the good news that “God is with us” in Jesus Christ. The sign promised to the House of David in today’s First Reading is given in…  [Continue Reading]


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