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New Year, New Book!

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.07.13 |

Infancy narratives

I was overjoyed when I got the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict’s study of the Gospels. But I must confess I was a little sad at the same time. I knew this would be the third and final volume. I’ve loved these books; and, as I’ve said before to anyone who’ll listen, I believe they are the great legacy of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, just as the theology of the body was the great legacy…  [Continue Reading]

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

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.04.13 |

Three Wise Men

Isaiah 60:1-6
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
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, combining…  [Continue Reading]

Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.28.12 |

Holy Family

Sirach 3:2-6,12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21
Luke 2:41-52

Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God’s plan to make all people live as one “holy family” in His Church (see 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, God reveals our true home. We’re…  [Continue Reading]

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]


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