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Settling Accounts: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on November 14, 2014

Readings:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30

The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us.

This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master....


writer. fighter. mitre - St. Leo the Great

Posted on November 09, 2014

All Christians believe the key doctrine that Jesus is all God and all man. Why? Because of the Catholic Church and men like St. Leo the Great.

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Body Building: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

Posted on November 07, 2014

Readings:
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9,12 

Psalm 46:2-3,5-6,8-9

1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17 

John 2:13-22 



Why commemorate a church dedication that happened in fourth-century Rome? First, because St. John Lateran is no ordinary church—it’s the cathedral church of the Pope and still known as “the mother of all the world’s churches.”

But more than that, because God has from all time intended the church building...


The King, the Drama, and the Joy

Posted on November 03, 2014

November is, for me, a month of great drama. It begins with the feasts of All Saints and All Souls — days when the Church celebrates God’s outpouring of holiness upon his people. The month concludes with the Solemnity of Christ the King, the conclusion of the liturgical year.

The readings at Mass are often apocalyptic. They’re revelatory. They pull back the veil between heaven and earth, so that we “see”...


Love Commanded: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 24, 2014

Readings:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40

Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17)

And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love - of God and of neighbor - is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10).

Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books....


Dressing for the Feast: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-eighth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on October 10, 2014

Readings:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14

Our Lord’s parable in today’s Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history.

God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies in today’s First Reading. The Israelites are those first invited to the feast by God’s servants,...


Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on October 03, 2014

Readings:
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God.

And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood.

God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from...


Feast Forward by Scott Hahn

Posted on September 29, 2014

Pope John Paul II was arguably the most iconic priest of the last century. Millions attended his Masses — at extraordinary World Youth Day rallies, from Denver to Manila. And over the course of his twenty-seven-year pontificate, tens of thousands more attended the “private” weekday Masses in his apartment, whose little chapel was always crammed with as many people as possible.

He inspired a generation of men to answer God’s call and follow...


The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 26, 2014

Readings:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32

Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in...


First and Last: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 19, 2014

Readings:
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5).

Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one day He would replant His...