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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...


Do You Believe in Magi?

Posted on December 03, 2012

‘Tis the season. In December even the advertisements point insistently toward the day the Messiah comes — the day of the Christ’s Mass: Christmas.

It is always a much-heralded birth. It was foretold by prophets, announced by angels, celebrated by shepherds and wise men. Christ came into the world in a stable. He lay in a manger. But he came as King.

Advent prepares us for a day of strange beauty. It...


Heads Up: Scott Hahn reflects on the 1st Sunday in Advent

Posted on November 30, 2012

Readings: 
Jeremiah 33:14-16 
Psalm 25:4-5,8-10,14 
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension in the next four weeks’ readings - between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back.

In today’s First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah focuses our gaze on the...


Christmas Comes Early!

Posted on November 30, 2012

Scott Hahn discusses the Pope’s new book “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” and what a perfect book it is for Advent.

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A Royal Truth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted on November 23, 2012

Readings:
Daniel 7:13-14
Psalm 93:1-2,5
Revelation 1:5-8
John 18:33-37

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?

It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David - of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth” ...