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What God Has Joined: Reflections on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.05.12 |

Ring on Bible

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.

The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never at issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in today’s First Reading.

Divorce violates the order of creation, He says. Moses permitted it only as a concession…  [Continue Reading]

To Belong to Christ: Reflections on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.28.12 |

Salvador Jesus 2

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the apostles.

Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake of presuming that only a select few are inspired and entrusted to carry out God’s plans. The Spirit blows…  [Continue Reading]

Servant of All: Reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.21.12 |

Suffering Servant

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34). 

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged…  [Continue Reading]

Following the Messiah: Reflections on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.13.12 |

Holy Face of Jesus

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. 

Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” 

Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of…  [Continue Reading]

All Things Well: Reflections on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.06.12 |

Jesus Heals Deaf

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31). 

Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading that God will make the deaf hear and…  [Continue Reading]

Pure Religion: Reflections on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.31.12 |

Hebrew Scripture

Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law.

Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.

The gift of the law,…  [Continue Reading]

A Choice to Make: Reflections on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.23.12 |

Eucharistic Adoration

This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.

The 12 apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the new covenant He offers in His body and blood, or return to their former ways of life.

Their choice is prefigured by the decision Joshua asks the 12 tribes to make in today’s First Reading.

Joshua gathers them at Shechem—where God…  [Continue Reading]

Wisdom’s Feast: Reflections on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.16.12 |

LastSupper

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today’s First Reading.

We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3-4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly of the cross that is represented and renewed.

To the world, it is foolishness to believe that the crucified Jesus rose from the dead. And for many, as for the crowds in today’s Gospel, it is foolishness—maybe…  [Continue Reading]


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