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Anointed Ones: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Epiphany
Psalm 72:-12,7-8, 10-13
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...
Saving Family: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Underlying the wisdom offered in today’s Liturgy is the mystery of the family in God’s divine plan.
The Lord has set father in honor over his children and mother in authority over her sons, we hear in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the blessings of the family...
God Is With Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent
The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25-26).
This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle - the good news that “God is with us” in Jesus Christ. The sign promised to the House of David in today&rsquo...
Pope Francis and Biblical Interpretation
Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is vigorous and beautiful reading, full of provocative statements to awaken us from spiritual slumber. Unfortunately, it is a long document, and many may not read it through carefully. I thought it would be helpful to clip out some of the most striking comments the Pope makes on the interpretation of Scripture. Although he has in mind the priest-homilist, the principles he lays out also apply, mutatis mutandis,...
“A Virgin Shall Conceive”: The Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Senior Fellow Michael Barber has made a close and careful reading of the Scriptures that the Church has chosen for this coming Sunday. He unpacks the Emmanuel Prophecy in Isaiah 7 showing how it was read at the time and how the rabbis understood it before Matthew’s Gospel applied it to the virgin birth of Our Lord. Click Here to Read More…...
Here is Your God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent
John questions Jesus from prison in today’s Gospel - for his disciples’ sake and for ours.
He knows that Jesus is doing “the works of the Messiah,” foretold in today’s First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples - and us - to know that the Judge is at the gate, that in Jesus...
In a Dark Hour: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday in Advent
Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again.
He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; Luke 14:26).
His point here is that the exact “hour” is not important. What is crucial is that we not...
Kingdom of the Son: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Week by week the Liturgy has been preparing us for the revelation to be made on this, the last Sunday of the Church year.
Jesus, we have been shown, is truly the Chosen One, the Messiah of God, the King of Jews. Ironically, in today’s Gospel we hear these names on the lips of those who don’t believe...
‘Today’ is the Day: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
It is the age between our Lord’s first coming and His last. We live in the new world begun by His life, death, Resurrection and Ascension, by the sending of His Spirit upon the Church. But we await the day when He will come again in glory.
“Lo, the day is coming,” Malachi warns in today’s First Reading....