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New Song: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Readings for Christmas Day

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.21.12 |

Nativity 4

Isaiah 52:7–10
Psalms 98:1–6
Hebrews 1:1–6
John 1:1–5, 9–14

The Church’s liturgy rings in Christmas with a joyful noise. We hear today of uplifted voices, trumpets and horns, and melodies of praise. 

In the First Reading, Isaiah fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing.

The new song in today’s Psalm is…  [Continue Reading]

A Mother’s Greeting: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday in Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.20.12 |

Mary Mother of Christ

On this last Sunday before Christmas, the Church’s Liturgy reveals the true identity of our Redeemer:
He is, as today’s First Reading says, the “ruler…whose origin is from…ancient times.” He will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of Jesse the Ephrathite and anointed king (see Ruth 4:11-17; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1; Matthew 2:6).

God promised that an heir of David would reign on his throne…  [Continue Reading]

The New ‘Ark’

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.17.12 |

Mary Ark of the Covenant

The Church in her liturgy and tradition has long praised Mary as “the Ark of the New Covenant.” We see biblical roots for this in the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (Cycle C).

Compare Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth with the story of David returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and you’ll hear interesting echoes.

As Mary “set out” for the hill country of Judah, so did David (see…  [Continue Reading]

What Do We Do? Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday in Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.13.12 |

John the Baptist

The people in today’s Gospel are “filled with expectation.” They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they’ve been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: “What then should we do?”
The Messiah’s coming requires every man and woman to choose - to “repent” or not. That’s John’s message and it will be Jesus’ too (see Luke 3:3; 5:32; 24:47).

“Repentance” translates a Greek word, metanoia…  [Continue Reading]

The Road Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 2nd Sunday in Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.07.12 |

Mount

Today’s Psalm paints a dream-like scene - a road filled with liberated captives heading home to Zion (Jerusalem), mouths filled with laughter, tongues rejoicing.

It’s a glorious picture from Israel’s past, a “new exodus,” the deliverance from exile in Babylon. It’s being recalled in a moment of obvious uncertainty and anxiety. But the psalmist isn’t waxing nostalgic.

Remembering “the Lord has done…  [Continue Reading]

The Angel and Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.07.12 |

Immaculate Conception, The

In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the angel Gabriel greets Mary in an unusual way: “Hail, favored one” (see Luke 1:28).

Kecharitomene, the Greek word translated as “favored one,” is very rare, used in only one other place in the New Testament. It comes from charis, the Greek word for “grace” and basically means “made full of grace” or “transformed by grace.”

This is how the word is used…  [Continue Reading]

Do You Believe in Magi?

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.03.12 |

Epiphany

‘Tis the season. In December even the advertisements point insistently toward the day the Messiah comes — the day of the Christ’s Mass: Christmas.

It is always a much-heralded birth. It was foretold by prophets, announced by angels, celebrated by shepherds and wise men. Christ came into the world in a stable. He lay in a manger. But he came as King.

Advent prepares us for a day of strange beauty.…  [Continue Reading]

Heads Up: Scott Hahn reflects on the 1st Sunday in Advent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.30.12 |

King of Glory

Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension in the next four weeks’ readings - between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back.

In today’s First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah focuses our gaze on the promise God made to David, some 1,000 years before Christ. God says through the prophet…  [Continue Reading]


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