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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]

A Royal Truth: Scott Hahn reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.23.12 |

Christ the King

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?

It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David - of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth” (see 2 Samuel 7:12-16; Psalm 89:27-38).

Today’s Second Reading, taken from the Book of Revelation, quotes these promises and celebrates…  [Continue Reading]

Hope in Tribulation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.16.12 |

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In this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem.

Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope—telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory.

Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen “since the beginning of God’s creation” (see Mark 13:9).…  [Continue Reading]

Matthew Leonard - What Do We Do Now?

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 11.09.12 |

Presidents come and go, but our path as Catholics remains clear. Matthew Leonard puts current events in perspective and reminds us of the fundamentals that must take place in order to transform our world.


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