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The Anointing: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God’s plan - that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made “co-heirs” to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we’re shown how we claim our inheritance.
Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification....
Pope Benedict speaks on the “depth of God’s love for us”
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In this Christmas season, we celebrate the “Incarnation” –the mystery of the Son of God who “became flesh” (cf. Jn 1:14) for our salvation, so that we might become, in him, adoptive sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. In the Child of Bethlehem, God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself. For our sake, God became one of us, sharing our human existence to the...
New Year, New Book!
I was overjoyed when I got the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict’s study of the Gospels. But I must confess I was a little sad at the same time. I knew this would be the third and final volume. I’ve loved these books; and, as I’ve said before to anyone who’ll listen, I believe they are the great legacy of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, just as the...
A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Epiphany of the Lord
An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.
Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...
Besides John the Evangelist, Gregory of Nazianzus is the only person the Early Church called “The Theologian.” His is the brilliant mind who sharpened our language and understanding of doctrines all Christians believe about the person of Jesus Christ. According to tradition in the East, he is the only theologian who never wrote a single sentence which erred theologically....
“What’s So ‘Great’ about St. Basil?” with Matthew Leonard and Mike Aquilina.
Ever wonder how the Catholic Church became the greatest charitable organization in the world? What was the relationship between the early Church and the State? Join Matthew Leonard and Fathers of the Church expert Mike Aquilina as they discuss the rich history surrounding St. Basil the Great, 4th century Father and Doctor of the Church....
Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family
Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God’s plan to make all people live as one “holy family” in His Church (see 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary...
New Song: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Readings for Christmas Day
John 1:1–5, 9–14
The Church’s liturgy rings in Christmas with a joyful noise. We hear today of uplifted voices, trumpets and horns, and melodies of praise.
In the First Reading, Isaiah fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing.
The new song in today’s...
A Mother’s Greeting: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday in Advent
On this last Sunday before Christmas, the Church’s Liturgy reveals the true identity of our Redeemer:
He is, as today’s First Reading says, the “ruler…whose origin is from…ancient times.” He will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of Jesse the Ephrathite and anointed king (see Ruth 4:11-17; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1; Matthew 2:6).
God promised that an heir of David would reign on...
The New ‘Ark’
The Church in her liturgy and tradition has long praised Mary as “the Ark of the New Covenant.” We see biblical roots for this in the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (Cycle C).
Compare Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth with the story of David returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and you’ll hear interesting echoes.
As Mary “set out” for the hill country of...