Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts


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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Taking the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 20, 2016

Readings:

1 Kings 19:16-21

Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11

Galatians 5:1,13-18

Luke 9:51-62

In this week’s First Reading, Elijah's disciple is allowed to kiss his parents goodbye before setting out to follow the prophet's call.

But we are called to follow a greater prophet than Elijah, this week’s Liturgy wants us to know.

In Baptism, we have put on the cloak of...

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Children of the Promise: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 13, 2016

Readings:

Zech 12:10-11; 13:1

Ps 62:2-6. 8-9 r. 2

Gal 3:26-29

Luke 9:18-24

In this Sunday's readings we hear the voice of the Prophet Zechariah as he delivers difficult oracles from God. The people have returned from exile. Now back in Jerusalem, they face the arduous work of rebuilding the Temple. Zechariah acknowledges their hardships and foresees more obstacles.

But their grief has a purpose. It is a...

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Many Sins, Great Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 05, 2016

Readings:

2 Samuel 12: 7–10, 13

Psalm 32: 1–2, 5,7,11

Galatians 2:16, 19–21

Luke 7:36–50

In this Sunday’s readings we are like the fallen king, David, and the woman who weeps at Jesus’ feet.

Like David, the Lord has rescued us from sin and death, anointed us with His Spirit in baptism and in confirmation. He has made us heirs of His promise to the children of Israel.

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Restored to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on May 27, 2016

Readings:

1 Kings 17-17-24

Psalms 30: 2,4-6,11-13

Gal 1:11-19

Luke 7:11-17

Jesus in today’s Gospel meets a funeral procession coming out of the gates of the town of Nain.  Unlike when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) or Lazarus (John 11), no one requests his assistance.  Moved by compassion for the widow who had lost her only son, Jesus steps forward and, laying his hand on...

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Blessed and Given: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

Posted on May 20, 2016

Readings:

Genesis 14:18-20

Psalm 110:1-4

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Luke 9:11-17

At the dawn of salvation history, God revealed our future in figures. That's what's going on in today's First Reading: A king and high priest comes from Jerusalem (see Psalm 76:3), offering bread and wine to celebrate the victory of God's beloved servant, Abram, over his foes.

By his offering, Melchizedek bestows God's blessings...

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