Recent Blog Posts
God in the Details
Joy is what we sing about at Christmas, but it’s not often what we have in our hearts. We get so distracted by work and worries that we hardly notice the season; and then, when we do notice, the logistics of the celebration can lead to more worry still.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the details of Christmas preparation. As we prepare, we need to remember that God is in the details.
Watch For Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.
In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne - to save...
When the End Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
The Church year ends this week with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.
The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13-14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18;...
No Problem, Houston!
All I can say is, “Wow!” This past weekend in Houston, Texas, was unbelievable. Along with St Paul Center staff and Fellows, Rob Corzine, Raquel Lopez, and Ximena DeBroek, I was as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church to present Genesis to Jesus, the foundational program of our parish Bible study program Journey Through Scripture. We expected some warm weather and a little more than 100 people for the event. We were wrong…on both counts....
Settling Accounts: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
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
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....
Body Building: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9,12
1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17
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
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
Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
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
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
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,...