Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections

This Sunday

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 ...
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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
Icon of St. John the Baptist

Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading. He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.” Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus—to raise up the exiled tribes ... Read More
The Baptism of Christ

Anointed Ones: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord

Jesus presents himself for baptism in today’s Gospel not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”)—the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading. His baptism marks ... Read More
Adoration of the Magi

A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Epiphany

An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights, and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears. Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their ... Read More
Innocence by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Children of God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Mary, Mother of God

Today we give thanks to Mary, the Mother of God. Her response to the angel, born of a humble heart, brought us life and salvation in the Child conceived in her womb. From before all ages, God had destined her for this decisive role in salvation history. She was to ... Read More
The Nativity

Saving Family: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Underlying the wisdom offered in today’s Liturgy is the mystery of the family in God’s divine plan. The Lord has set father in honor over his children and mother in authority over her sons, we hear in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the blessings of the ... Read More

New Song: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nativity of the Lord

The Church’s liturgy rings in Christmas with a joyful noise. We hear today of uplifted voices, trumpets and horns, and melodies of praise. In the First Reading, Isaiah fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing. The new ... Read More
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