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The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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
Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
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...
To Win Them Back : Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9
As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16).
He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith, building on laws of discipline prescribed by Moses for...
To Stir with Love by Scott Hahn
“And they came, every one whose heart stirred him, and every one whose spirit moved him” (Exodus 35:11).
They came to Franciscan University; and like those long-ago Israelites, they found their way to the tent.
The occasion was our annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference, which is always heart-stirring. This year’s was special, though, because we were able to welcome so many people to the new home of the Saint Paul Center....
For Your Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9
Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach.
But God does not deceive - and Jeremiah knows this. He tests the just ...
BookNotes - St. Monica and the Power of Persistent Prayer
Do you have loved ones who have left the faith? Looking for inspiration to pray? Check out the newest edition of BookNotes from the St. Paul Center....
Pray Thee Well!
About three weeks ago my summer peaked. And it had nothing to do with hiking a mountain with my kids. In fact, it happened right here in lil’ old Steubenville, Ohio. It was the St. Paul Center’s annual Applied Biblical Studies Conference which we co-sponsor with Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was a special conference not only because of the world-class lineup of speakers (e.g. Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre, Michael Barber, Jeff Cavins, etc…),...
A Foreigner’s Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies.
Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with...
Introducing our Latest Scripture Study! “The Bible and Prayer”
It’s no exaggeration to say that prayer and its relationship to the Bible are among the most important topics we can examine. That’s because we come to know God through the Bible, and commune with him through prayer. They’re meant to go together.
The Bible and Prayer part of our Journey Through Scripture program explores the human quest for God, unveiling the true nature of prayer: what it...
Sinking Fear: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9, 11-13
How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will?
God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him.