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Something New: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.15.13 |


Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalms 126:1-6
Philippians 3:8-14
John 8:1-11

The Liturgy this Lent has shown us the God of the Exodus. He is a mighty and gracious God, Who out of faithfulness to His covenant has done “great things” for His people, as today’s Psalm puts it.
But the “things of long ago,” Isaiah tells us in today’s First Reading, are nothing compared to the “something new” that He will do in the…  [Continue Reading]

Found Alive Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.07.13 |

Prodigal Son close up

Joshua 5:9-12
Psalms 34:2-7
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

In today’s First Reading, God forgives “the reproach” of the generations who grumbled against Him after the Exodus. On the threshold of the promised land, Israel can with a clean heart celebrate the Passover, the feast of God’s first-born son (see Joshua 5:6-7; Exodus 4:22; 12:12-13).

Reconciliation is also at the heart of the…  [Continue Reading]

Fruits of the Fig: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.01.13 |

Parable of Fig tree

Exodus 3:1-8,13-15
Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
Luke 13:1-9

In the Church, we are made children of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the God who makes known His name and His ways to Moses in today’s First Reading.

Mindful of His covenant with Abraham (see Exodus 2:24), God came down to rescue His people from the slave-drivers of Egypt. Faithful to that same covenant (see…  [Continue Reading]

Forward March! by Scott Hahn

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.28.13 |

Pope and Hahn Shake Hands

Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of February 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm. Nothing in my past—indeed, very little in history—had prepared me for what I found in the news that day.

To many people, the pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle.

But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly…  [Continue Reading]

The Glory in Sight: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.22.13 |

Transfiguration 3

Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Psalm 27:1,7-9, 13-14
Philippians 3:17-4:1
Luke 9:28-36

In today’s Gospel, we go up to the mountain with Peter, John and James. There we see Jesus “transfigured,” speaking with Moses and Elijah about His “exodus.”

The Greek word “exodus” means “departure.” But the word is chosen deliberately here to stir our remembrance of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt.

By His death…  [Continue Reading]

Forty Days: Scott Hahn reflects on the 1st Sunday in Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.15.13 |

Temptation of Jesus

Deuteronomy 26:4-10
Psalm 91:1-2,10-15
Romans 10:8-13
Luke 4:1-13

In today’s epic Gospel scene, Jesus relives in His flesh the history of Israel.

We’ve already seen that like Israel, Jesus has passed through water, been called God’s beloved Son (see Luke 3:22; Exodus 4:22). Now, as Israel was tested for forty years in the wilderness, Jesus is led into the desert to be tested for forty days and…  [Continue Reading]

Into the Deep: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.08.13 |

Peter Fishing

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.

His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each experiences the Lord’s forgiveness and…  [Continue Reading]

Prophet to the Nations: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.01.13 |


Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30

God’s words in today’s First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a “prophet to the nations” (see Luke 1:31-33).

Like the prophets before Him, Jesus too faces hostility. In today’s Gospel, the crowd in His hometown synagogue quickly turns on Him, apparently…  [Continue Reading]

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