Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts


All Things Well: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 31, 2015

Readings:

Isaiah 35:4-7

Psalm 146:7-10

James 2:1-5

Mark 7:31-37

The incident in today's Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: "He has done all things well." In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31). 

Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah'...

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Pure Religion: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 24, 2015

Readings:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8

Psalm 15:2-5

James 1:17-18,21-22,27

Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

Today's Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God's law.

Jesus' quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they've turned the law inside out, making...

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A Choice to Make: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 17, 2015

Readings:

Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18

Psalm 34:2-3, 16-23

Ephesians 5:21-32

John 6:60-69

 

This Sunday's Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.

The 12 apostles in today's Gospel are asked to make a choice -- either to believe and accept the new covenant He offers in His body and blood, or return to their former ways of life.

Their choice is...

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Wisdom’s Feast: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 10, 2015

Readings:

Proverbs 9:1-6

Psalm 34:2-3, 10-15

Ephesians 5:15-20

John 6:51-58

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today's First Reading.

We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3-4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly of the cross that is represented and renewed.

To the world, it is foolishness to believe that the...

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Take and Eat: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on August 03, 2015

Readings:

1 Kings 19:4-8

Psalm 34:2-9

Ephesians 4:30-5:2

John 6:41-51

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today's First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures, that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us.

We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in the desert. We can be tempted...

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Endurance Test: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 27, 2015

Readings:

Exodus 16:2–4, 12–15

Psalm 78:3–4, 23–25, 54

Ephesians 4:17, 20–24

John 6:24–35

 

The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth in Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life.

The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s First...

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Bread Left Over: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 20, 2015

Readings:

2 Kings 4:42-44

Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18

Ephesians 4:1-6

John 6:1-15

 

Today's liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel's promised Messiah and king, the Lord who comes to feed His people.

Notice the parallels between today's Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few "barley"...

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One Flock: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 13, 2015

Readings:

Jeremiah 23:1-16

Psalms 23:1-6

Ephesians 2:13-18

Mark 6:30-34

 

As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today's Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church.

Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel's leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had mislead and scattered God's people. He promises God will send a shepherd,...

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The Church’s Mission: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on July 06, 2015

Readings:

Amos 7:12-15

Psalms 85:9-14

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:7-13

 

In commissioning the apostles in today's Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church's mission after the resurrection.

His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread...

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Son of Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 29, 2015

Readings:

Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm 123:1-4
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6

 

As we've walked with the apostles in the Gospels in recent weeks, we've witnessed Jesus command the wind and sea, and order a little girl to arise from the dead. But He seems to meet His match in His hometown of Nazareth. Today's Gospel is blunt: "He was not able to perform any mighty deed there."

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