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Loving Your Enemies: John Bergsma Examines the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints.Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament, quoting a section from Leviticus (19:1-2, 17-18):
Affair of the Heart: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 119:1–2, 4–5, 17–18, 33–34
1 Corinthians 2:6–10
Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that he has come not to abolish but to “fulfill” the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets.
His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral Law of the Old Testament. But his Gospel also transcends the Law. He demands...
Light Breaking Forth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world.
As his disciples, we too are called to be “the light of the world,” he tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4–4, 9; 8:12; 9:5).
All three images that Jesus uses to describe the Church are associated with the identity and vocation of Israel.
Scott Hahn Reflects on The Presentation of the Lord
Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to the Temple and “redeem” him by paying five shekels. At the same time, the Law required the child’s mother...
All the Right Moves
“Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles …”
So St. Peter wrote to the Catholic Church of his generation (1 Peter 2:11). And those words never get timeworn, because the Church is always on pilgrimage toward its heavenly goal. We’re always on the move.
In the first ten years of our marriage, Kimberly and I moved eleven times! We moved for school. We moved for work. We moved for pastoral assignments. Each...
Converted and Converting
Our patron, St. Paul, isn’t any ordinary saint. He’s a singularity. He’s unique. And the Church calendar reflects the extraordinary role he played in God’s revelation. It was he who brought the Gospel to the world beyond Israel — the Gentiles. He’s credited as author of more than half the books of the New Testament, and it was under Paul’s tutelage that Luke composed his Gospel and...
Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever their tongue, praise the name of Saint Agnes.” Prudentius wrote a long poem and a hymn...
Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.”
Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus - to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel,...
Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert
“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”~ St. Anthony of the Desert
Mike Aquilina talks with Bruce & Kris McGregor on Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS about St. Anthony of the Desert…one of the great Fathers of the Church!...
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.