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Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 03, 2014

Readings:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God.

And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood.

God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from...


Feast Forward by Scott Hahn

Posted on September 29, 2014

Pope John Paul II was arguably the most iconic priest of the last century. Millions attended his Masses — at extraordinary World Youth Day rallies, from Denver to Manila. And over the course of his twenty-seven-year pontificate, tens of thousands more attended the “private” weekday Masses in his apartment, whose little chapel was always crammed with as many people as possible.

He inspired a generation of men to answer God’s call and follow...


The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 26, 2014

Readings:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in...


First and Last: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 19, 2014

Readings:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5).

Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one day He would replant His...


To Win Them Back
: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 05, 2014

Readings:

Ezekiel 33:7-9

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

Romans 13:8-10

Matthew 18:15-20



As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). 



He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith, building on laws of discipline prescribed by Moses for...


To Stir with Love by Scott Hahn

Posted on September 03, 2014

“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him, and every one whose spirit moved him” (Exodus 35:11).

They came to Franciscan University; and like those long-ago Israelites, they found their way to the tent.

The occasion was our annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference, which is always heart-stirring. This year’s was special, though, because we were able to welcome so many people to the new home of the Saint Paul Center.

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For Your Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 29, 2014



Readings:

Jeremiah 20:7-9

Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9

Romans 12:1-2

Matthew 16:21-27

Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach.



But God does not deceive - and Jeremiah knows this. He tests the just ...


BookNotes - St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer

Posted on August 27, 2014

Do you have loved ones who have left the faith? Looking for inspiration to pray? Check out the newest edition of BookNotes from the St. Paul Center.

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Pray Thee Well!

Posted on August 14, 2014

About three weeks ago my summer peaked. And it had nothing to do with hiking a mountain with my kids. In fact, it happened right here in lil’ old Steubenville, Ohio. It was the St. Paul Center’s annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference which we co-sponsor with Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was a special conference not only because of the world-class lineup of speakers (e.g. Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, Jeff Cavins, etc…),...


A Foreigner’s Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 14, 2014



Readings:

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Matthew 15:21-28

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. 



Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with...