Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts


Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 26, 2016

Readings:

Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33

Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus. 

Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren't addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the "great crowds" -...

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To Go Up Higher: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 22, 2016

Readings:

Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Psalm 68:4-7,10-11
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Luke 14:1, 7-14

We come to the wedding banquet of heaven by way of humility and charity. This is the fatherly instruction we hear in today's First Reading, and the message of today's Gospel.

Jesus is not talking simply about good table manners. He is revealing the way of the kingdom, in which the one who would be greatest...

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Gateway to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 12, 2016

Readings:

Isaiah 66:18-21

Psalm 117:1, 2

Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

Luke 13:22-30

Jesus doesn't answer the question put to Him in this Sunday’s Gospel. It profits us nothing to speculate on how many will be saved. What we need to know is what He tells us today—how to enter into salvation and how urgent it is to strive now, before the Master closes the door.

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Consuming Fire: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 08, 2016

Readings:

Jeremiah 38:4–6, 8–10

Psalm 40:2–4, 18

Hebrews 12:1–4

Luke 12:49–53

Our God is a consuming fire, the Scriptures tell us (see Hebrews 12:29; Deuteronomy 4:24).

And in this week’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of fire to describe the demands of discipleship.

The fire he has come to cast on the earth is the fire that he wants to blaze in each of  our...

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Faith of Our Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 01, 2016

Readings:

Wisdom 18:6-9

Psalm 33:1,12,18-22

Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19

Luke 12:35-40

We are born of the faith of our fathers, descending from a great cloud of witnesses whose faith is attested to on every page of Scripture (see Hebrews 12:1). We have been made His people, chosen for His own inheritance, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm.

The Liturgy this week sings the praises of our...

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The Fool’s Vanity: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 22, 2016

Readings:

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9

Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11

Luke 12:13-21

Trust in God—as the Rock of our salvation, as the Lord who made us His chosen people, as our shepherd and guide. This should be the mark of our following of Jesus.

Like the Israelites we recall in this week's Psalm, we have made an exodus, passing through the waters of Baptism,...

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Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 15, 2016

Readings:
Genesis 18:20-32 
Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8
Colossians 2:12-14
Luke 11:1-13

Though we be "but dust and ashes," we can presume to draw near and speak boldly to our Lord, as Abraham dares in this week’s First Reading.

But even Abraham—the friend of God (see Isaiah 41:8), our father in the faith (see Romans 4:12)—did not know the intimacy that we know as children of Abraham, heirs...

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Waiting on the Lord: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 08, 2016

Readings:

Genesis 18:1-10
Psalm 15:2-5
Colossians 1:24-28
Luke 10:38-42

God wants to dwell with each of us personally, intimately—as the mysterious guests once visited Abraham's tent, as Jesus once entered the home of Mary and Martha.

By his hospitality in this week’s First Reading, Abraham shows us how we are to welcome the Lord into our lives. His selfless service of his divine guests (see...

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What We Must Do: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 04, 2016

Readings:

Deuteronomy 30:10-14

Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37

Colossians 1:15-20

Luke 10:25-37

We are to love God and our neighbor with all the strength of our being, as the scholar of the Law answers Jesus in this week’s Gospel.

This command is nothing remote or mysterious—it's already written in our hearts, in the book of sacred Scripture. "You have only to carry it...

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Harvest Time: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 27, 2016

Readings:

Isaiah 66:10-14 
Psalm 66:1-7,16,20
Galatians 6:14-18
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Jesus has a vision in this week’s Gospel—Satan falling like lightning from the sky, the enemy vanquished by the missionary preaching of His Church. 

Sent out by Jesus to begin gathering the nations into the harvest of divine judgment (see Isaiah 27:12-13; Joel 4:13), the 70 are a sign of the continuing mission of the Church....

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