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God Is With Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 20, 2013

Readings:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

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

Posted on December 20, 2013

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

Posted on December 20, 2013

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…

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Here is Your God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent

Posted on December 13, 2013

Readings:
Isaiah 35:1-6,10
Psalm 146:6-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

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

Posted on November 30, 2013

Readings:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

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

Posted on November 21, 2013

Readings:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-5
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43

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

Posted on November 15, 2013

Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98:5-9
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19

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....


To Rise Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on November 08, 2013

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 
Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 
Luke 20:27-38

With their riddle about seven brothers and a childless widow, the Sadducees in today’s Gospel mock the faith for which seven brothers and their mother die in the First Reading.

The Maccabean martyrs chose death - tortured limb by limb, burned alive - rather than betray God’s Law. Their story is given to us in these...


Lover of Souls: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 31, 2013

Wisdom 11:22-12
1 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10

Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate towards all that He has made.

In His mercy, our First Reading tells us, He overlooks our sins and ignorance, giving us space that we might repent and not perish in our sinfulness (see Wisdom 12:10; 2...


No Favorites: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 25, 2013

Readings:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3,17-19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

Jesus draws a blunt picture in today’s Gospel.

The Pharisee’s prayer is almost a parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Psalms 30,118). Instead of praising God for His mighty works, the Pharisee congratulates himself for his own deeds, which he presents to God in some detail.

The tax collector stands at a...