Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections

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The Crucifixion

All Is Fulfilled: Scott Hahn Reflects on Passion Sunday

“All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (see Matthew 26:56). Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated and promised is to be ...
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Recent Reflections

The Raising of Lazarus

At Lazarus’ Tomb: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today’s Gospel clearly has Jesus’ passion and death in view. That’s why John gives us the detail about Lazarus’ sister, Mary—that she is the one who anointed the Lord for burial (see John 12:3, 7). His disciples warn against returning to ... Read More

Eyesight to the Blind: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

God’s ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today’s First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel—as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind. The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin,” he is made a new creation by ... Read More
Christ and the Woman at the Well

Striking the Rock: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Lent

The Israelites’ hearts were hardened by their hardships in the desert. Though they have seen His mighty deeds, in their thirst they grumble and put God to the test in today’s First Reading—a crisis point recalled also in today’s Psalm. Jesus is thirsty, too, in today’s Gospel. He thirsts for ... Read More
The Transfiguration of Jesus

Listen to Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Moses also took three companions up a mountain and on the seventh day was overshadowed by the shining cloud of God’s presence. He too spoke with God and his face and clothing were made radiant in the encounter (see Exodus ... Read More
The Temptation on the Mount

Tale of Two Adams: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

In today’s Liturgy, the destiny of the human race is told as the tale of two “types” of men—the first man, Adam, and the new Adam, Jesus (see 1 Corinthians 15:21–22; 45–59). Paul’s argument in the Epistle is built on a series of contrasts between “one” or “one person” and ... Read More
The Crucifixion

Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as ... Read More
The Sermon on the Mount

Affair of the Heart: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that He has come not to abolish but to “fulfill” the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral Law of the Old Testament. But His ... Read More
View of Jerusalem from the Valley of Josaphat

Light Breaking Forth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world. As His disciples, we too are called to be “the light of the world,” He tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4–4, 9; 8:12; 9:5). All three images that Jesus uses to describe ... Read More
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

Presenting the Present: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Presentation

Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to the Temple and “redeem” him by paying five shekels. At the same ... Read More

History Redeemed: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Liturgy gives us a lesson in ancient Israelite geography and history. Isaiah’s prophecy in today’s First Reading is quoted by Matthew in today’s Gospel. Both intend to recall the apparent fall of the everlasting kingdom promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12–13; Psalm 89; 132:11–12). Eight centuries before Christ, ... Read More
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