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The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.26.14 |

Jesus Preaching 2

Readings:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in today’s…  [Continue Reading]

First and Last: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.19.14 |

Matthew 20 1-16

Readings
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5).

Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one…  [Continue Reading]

To Win Them Back
: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.05.14 |

Peter & Keys

Readings:

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

Romans 13:8-10

Matthew 18:15-20



As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). 



He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith, building on laws of discipline…  [Continue Reading]

To Stir with Love by Scott Hahn

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.03.14 |

Dr Hahn speaking

“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him, and every one whose spirit moved him” (Exodus 35:11).

They came to Franciscan University; and like those long-ago Israelites, they found their way to the tent.

The occasion was our annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference, which is always heart-stirring. This year’s was special, though, because we were able to welcome so many people to the new home…  [Continue Reading]

For Your Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.29.14 |

Take Up Cross



Readings:

Jeremiah 20:7-9

Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9

Romans 12:1-2

Matthew 16:21-27

Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach.



But God does not deceive - and Jeremiah knows…  [Continue Reading]

A Foreigner’s Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.14.14 |

Canaanite woman



Readings:

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Matthew 15:21-28

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. 



Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s…  [Continue Reading]

Sinking Fear: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.08.14 |

Walking on Water

Readings: 

1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 

Psalm 85:9-14 

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:22-33


How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will?



God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him.



In each case, the Lord…  [Continue Reading]

Food in Due Season: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.01.14 |

Feeding 5000

Readings:
Isaiah 55:1-3
Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18
Romans 8:35,37-39
Matthew 14:13-21

In Jesus and the Church, Isaiah’s promises in today’s First Reading are fulfilled. All who are thirsty come to the living waters of baptism (see John 4:14). The hungry delight in rich fare - given bread to eat and wine to drink at the Eucharistic table.

This is the point, too, of today’s Gospel. The story of Jesus’ feeding…  [Continue Reading]


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