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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,...
Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20
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
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
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 ...