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A Radical Sabbatical

Posted on October 03, 2013

The word sabbatical comes from the biblical Sabbath — the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his labors. The Sabbath was, ever afterward, the weekly holy day when Israel imitated God by refraining from work.

Last month I began a sabbatical year, a break from my ordinary labors at the university. But it’s not a vacation. It is, rather, a year of freedom to do work that is usually difficult if not impossible...


St. Jerome - Changing the World from a Cave

Posted on September 30, 2013

Join Matthew Leonard and Bible scholar Curtis Mitch as they discuss the great (though somewhat ill-tempered) St. Jerome. Learn how he transformed scripture study, his zero tolerance for dissent from the Church, how he lived out his famous maxim—“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”...and more.

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A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 27, 2013

Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31

The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy - not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom...


Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 20, 2013

Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13

The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon...


Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 13, 2013

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.

Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He...


Chrysostom and the Mysteries of Marriage

Posted on September 12, 2013

If you run a Google search on the terms “John Chrysostom” and “sex,” you’ll soon find a mess of conflicting statements. Part of the problem is with the saint’s interpreters, and part of it is with his own voluminous writings — some 700 sermons, 246 letters, plus biblical commentaries, moral discourses, and theological treatises.

When a man publishes so many thousands of words, an industrious enemy can pull together enough strands...


Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 06, 2013

Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus.

Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren’t addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the “great crowds” - to ...


To Go Up Higher: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 30, 2013

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today’s First Reading, and the message of today’s Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who...


Gateway to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 23, 2013

Isaiah 66:18-21
Psalm 117:1, 2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Luke 13:22-30

Jesus doesn’t answer the question put to Him in this Sunday’s Gospel. It profits us nothing to speculate on how many will be saved. What we need to know is what He tells us today - how to enter into salvation and how urgent it is to strive now, before the Master closes the door.

Jesus is “the narrow...


Faith of Our Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 09, 2013

Wisdom 18:6-9
Psalm 33:1,12,18-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
Luke 12:35-40

We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (see Hebrews 12:1). We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm.

The Liturgy this week sings the praises of our fathers, recalling the defining moments in...