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Chrysostom and the Mysteries of Marriage
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
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
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
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
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
Psalm 117:1, 2
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
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
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
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...
My Summer Vocation
God made me for this purpose.
That same thought occurs to me every year after the St. Paul Center’s exhausting, exhilarating Letter & Spirit Summer Institute. We just wrapped up our sixth annual gathering of doctoral candidates. It’s five intense days of fellowship, study, prayer, and discussion. But it’s become so much more than that. It’s become a community. What started as an Institute is becoming an institution. And...
The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Trust in God - as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus.
Like the Israelites we recall in this week’s Psalm, we have made an exodus, passing through the waters of Baptism, freeing...
Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Though we be “but dust and ashes,” we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading.
But even Abraham - the friend of God (see Isaiah 41:8), our father in the faith (see Romans 4:12) - did not know the intimacy that we know as children of Abraham, heirs of...
What We Must Do: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37
We are to love God and our neighbor with all the strength of our being, as the scholar of the Law answers Jesus in this week’s Gospel.
This command is nothing remote or mysterious - it’s already written in our hearts, in the book of sacred Scripture. “You have only to carry it out,” Moses says...
Harvest Time: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
Jesus has a vision in this week’s Gospel - Satan falling like lightning from the sky, the enemy vanquished by the missionary preaching of His Church.
Sent out by Jesus to begin gathering the nations into the harvest of divine judgment (see Isaiah 27:12-13; Joel 4:13), the 70 are a sign of the continuing mission of the Church.
Carrying out the...