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Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted on December 28, 2012

Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21 
Luke 2:41-52

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

Posted on December 21, 2012

Isaiah 52:7–10
Psalms 98:1–6
Hebrews 1:1–6
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

Posted on December 20, 2012

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’

Posted on December 17, 2012

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...


What Do We Do? Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday in Advent

Posted on December 13, 2012

Readings:
Zephaniah 3:14-18
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

The people in today’s Gospel are “filled with expectation.” They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they’ve been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: “What then should we do?”

The Messiah’s coming requires every man and woman to choose - to “repent” or not. That&rsquo...


Spirit of Advent

Posted on December 13, 2012

It is no easy task in our modern world to keep Advent well while the culture around us is screaming Merry X-Mas.  This will help; it is a lovely biblical mediation on the reason for the season, the Meaning of Advent.  Most of us CANNOT go out into the desert to prepare the way of the Lord.  And we SHOULDN’T go around being pious killjoys at other people’s parties.  But we CAN do...


The Dark Night Rises

Posted on December 12, 2012

St. John of the Cross is about as hard-core as they come. He leaves no wiggle room when it comes to seeking sanctity. In fact, this 16th century Spanish saint is called the “Mystical Doctor” because of the heights of holiness he achieved. His one goal was union with God.

For a long time my only real knowledge of John was in reference to his mysterious description of the “dark night of the soul...


A Season of Mary

Posted on December 12, 2012

Last Night Archbishop Gomez, the voice of our Al Partir el Pan, celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with midnight mass. Click here to read his column about Mary in this Advent season and Our Lady of Guadalupe in particular. Also, here is a link to this Sunday’s Al Partir el Pan reflection.

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The Angel and Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Posted on December 07, 2012

Readings: 
Genesis 3:9-15, 20 
Psalm 98:1-4 
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 
Luke 1:26-38

In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the angel Gabriel greets Mary in an unusual way: “Hail, favored one” (see Luke 1:28).

Kecharitomene, the Greek word translated as “favored one,” is very rare, used in only one other place in the New Testament. It comes from charis, the Greek word...


The Road Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 2nd Sunday in Advent

Posted on December 07, 2012

Readings: 
Baruch 5:1-9 
Psalm 126:1-6 
Philippians 1:4-6,8-11 
Luke 3:1-6

Today’s Psalm paints a dream-like scene - a road filled with liberated captives heading home to Zion (Jerusalem), mouths filled with laughter, tongues rejoicing.

It’s a glorious picture from Israel’s past, a “new exodus,” the deliverance from exile in Babylon. It’s being recalled in a moment of...