Scott Hahn Reflects on The Presentation of the Lord
Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to the Temple and “redeem” him by paying five shekels. At the same time, the Law required the child’s mother...
All the Right Moves
“Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles …”
So St. Peter wrote to the Catholic Church of his generation (1 Peter 2:11). And those words never get timeworn, because the Church is always on pilgrimage toward its heavenly goal. We’re always on the move.
In the first ten years of our marriage, Kimberly and I moved eleven times! We moved for school. We moved for work. We moved for pastoral assignments. Each...
Converted and Converting
Our patron, St. Paul, isn’t any ordinary saint. He’s a singularity. He’s unique. And the Church calendar reflects the extraordinary role he played in God’s revelation. It was he who brought the Gospel to the world beyond Israel — the Gentiles. He’s credited as author of more than half the books of the New Testament, and it was under Paul’s tutelage that Luke composed his Gospel and...
Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever their tongue, praise the name of Saint Agnes.” Prudentius wrote a long poem and a hymn...
Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.”
Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus - to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel,...
Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert
“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”~ St. Anthony of the Desert
Mike Aquilina talks with Bruce & Kris McGregor on Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS about St. Anthony of the Desert…one of the great Fathers of the Church!...
Anointed Ones: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Epiphany
Psalm 72:-12,7-8, 10-13
An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.
Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...