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New Song by Scott Hahn

Isaiah 52:7–10 Psalms 98:1–6 Hebrews 1:1–6 John 1:1–18     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

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The New ‘Ark’

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

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A Mother’s Greeting: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings: Micah 5:1-4 Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19 Hebrews 5:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 (see also “The ‘New Ark’”) 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

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What Do We Do? Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent

Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18 Isaiah 12:2-6 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:10-18 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”

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