Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts

Heads Up: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

Posted on November 23, 2015


Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:4-5,8-10,14

1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension in the next four weeks’ readings - between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back.

In today’s First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah focuses our gaze on the promise...

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A Royal Truth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted on November 16, 2015


Daniel 7:13-14

Psalm 93:1-2,5
Revelation 1:5-8

John 18:33-37

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?

It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David - of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of...

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Hope in Tribulation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-third Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on November 08, 2015


Daniel 12:1-3

Psalm 16:5,8-11

Hebrews 10:11-14,18

Mark 13:24-32

In this, the second-to-the-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem.

Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope--telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory.

Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He...

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The Widows’ Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-second Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on November 02, 2015


1 Kings 1:10-16

Psalm 146:7-10

Hebrews 9:24-28

Mark 12:41-44

We must live by the obedience of faith, a faith that shows itself in works of charity and self-giving (see Galatians 5:6). That’s the lesson of the two widows in today’s liturgy.

The widow in the First Reading isn’t even a Jew, yet she trusts in the word of Elijah and the promise...

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Saints, Here and There: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of All Saints

Posted on October 26, 2015


Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Psalm 24:1-61
John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

The first reading focuses us for today’s solemnity. In the Book of Revelation, St. John reports “a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue” (Revelation 7:9).

This is Good News. Salvation has come not only for Israel, but for the Gentiles as well. Here is the fulfillment...

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Seeing the Son of David: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on October 19, 2015


Jeremiah 31:7-9

Psalm 126:1-6

Hebrews 5:1-6

Mark 10:46-52

Today’s Gospel turns on an irony--it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first besides the apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And His healing is the last miracle Jesus performs before entering the holy city of Jerusalem for His last week on earth.

The scene on the road to Jerusalem evokes the joyful...

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Cup of Salvation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-ninth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on October 12, 2015


Isaiah 53:10-11

Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22

Hebrews 4:14-16

Mark 10:35-45

The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors.

But the road to Christ’s kingdom is by way of His cross. To share in His glory, we must be willing to drink the...

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Wisdom and Riches: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-eighth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on October 05, 2015


Wisdom 7:7-11

Psalm 90:12-17

Hebrews 4:12-13

Mark 10:17-30

The rich young man in today’s Gospel wanted to know what we all want to know—how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He sought what today’s Psalm calls “wisdom of heart.”

He learns that the wisdom he seeks is not...

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What God Has Joined: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-seventh Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on September 28, 2015


Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 128:1-6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10:2-16

In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a trick question.

The “lawfulness” of divorce in Israel was never at issue. Moses had long ago allowed it (see Deuteronomy 24:1-4). But Jesus points His enemies back before Moses, to “the beginning,” interpreting the text we hear in today’s First Reading.


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To Belong to Christ: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-sixth Sunday Ordinary Time

Posted on September 21, 2015


Numbers 11:25–29  

Psalm 19:8,10,12–14

James 5:1–6  

Mark 9:38–48

Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar moment in the history of Israel, the episode recalled in today’s First Reading. The seventy elders who receive God’s Spirit through Moses prefigure the ministry of the apostles.

Like Joshua in the First Reading, John makes the mistake...

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