Recent Sunday Bible Reflections Posts


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

Posted on October 12, 2015

Readings:

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

Readings:

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

Readings:

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

Readings:

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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Servant of All: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 14, 2015

Readings:

Wisdom 2:12,17-20

Psalm 54:3-8

James 3:16-4:3

Mark 9:30-37  (see below "Finding Christ in the Psalms")

In today's First Reading, it's like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34).

The liturgy invites us to see this...

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Following the Messiah: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 07, 2015

Readings:

Isaiah 50:4-9

Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9

James 2:14-18

Mark 8:27-35 (see also "Finding Christ in the Psalms")

In today's Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we're asked to decide who Jesus truly is.

Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when...

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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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