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Saint John the Baptist in Prison Visited by Two Disciples

Here is Your God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent

John questions Jesus from prison in today’s Gospel—for his disciples’ sake and for ours. He knows that Jesus is doing “the works of the Messiah,” foretold in today’s First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples—and us—to know that the Judge is at the gate, that in Jesus our ...
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St. John the Baptist Preaching

Kingdom Come: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Advent

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring. The Lord whom John prepares the way for in today’s Gospel is the righteous king prophesied in ... Read More
Virgin of the Annunciation

In a Dark Hour: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday in Advent

Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; Luke 14:26). His point here is that the exact “hour” is ... Read More
The Crucifixion

Kingdom of the Son: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Week by week the Liturgy has been preparing us for the revelation to be made on this, the last Sunday of the Church year. Jesus, we have been shown, is truly the Chosen One, the Messiah of God, the King of the Jews. Ironically, in today’s Gospel we hear these ... Read More
The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem

“Today” is the Day: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is the age between our Lord’s first coming and His last. We live in the new world begun by His life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, by the sending of His Spirit upon the Church. But we await the day when He will come again in glory. “Lo, the day ... Read More
Christ Pantocrator

To Rise Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

With their riddle about seven brothers and a childless widow, the Sadducees in today’s Gospel mock the faith for which seven brothers and their mother die in the First Reading. The Maccabean martyrs chose death—tortured limb by limb, burned alive—rather than betray God’s Law. Their story is given to us ... Read More
Christ extends a scroll to Zaccheaus

Lover of Souls: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate toward all that He has made. In His mercy, our First Reading tells us, He overlooks our sins and ignorance, giving us space that we ... Read More
Christ in the Synagogue of Nazareth

No Favorites: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus draws a blunt picture in today’s Gospel. The Pharisee’s prayer is almost a parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Psalms 30, 118). Instead of praising God for His mighty works, the Pharisee congratulates himself for his own deeds, which he presents to God in some detail ... Read More
Aaron and Hur holding up Moses's arms

Hope from on High: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles. In today’s Psalm we’re told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Temple—the dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and ... Read More

Returning Thanks: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today. There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha’s time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God’s Word and was ... Read More

Life by Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today’s First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave Himself on the Cross for ... Read More
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