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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....
To Rise Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
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
1 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
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
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3,17-19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
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...
Hope From on High: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles.
In today’s Psalm we’re told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Temple - the dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and earth.
Joshua and the...