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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...
St. Ignatius, "God-Carrier"
Today is the memorial of St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch at the end of the first century. In this interview, Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important early witness to the faith of the Apostles.
Returning Thanks: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today.
There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha’s time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God’s Word and was cleansed (see Luke 5:12-14). Today’s Gospel...
The Bible and the Rosary: How to Hear the Word of God in Prayer
In honor of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we’d like to share this talk by St. Paul Center Fellow Dr. Michael Barber, “The Bible and the Rosary: How to Hear the Word of God in Prayer.” As Pope Francis said, “the Rosary is a school of prayer; the Rosary is a school of faith!” But so many people don’t get all that they can out of...
Life By Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today’s First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us (see Galatians 2:20).
The world, though, can seem to us...
Record High in Florida!
I’ve always liked Florida. I’ve been going there off and on for vacation since I was a kid and have done business there, too. And while I have always enjoyed myself in the “Sunshine State,” September 14, 2013, was of particular note. Why? First of all, because I only spent about 5 minutes at the beach, which is unusual. More importantly, because it was the largest Journey Through Scripture training event we’ve ever held....
A Radical Sabbatical
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...