Sunday Bible Reflections

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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, ...
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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
The Annunciation

God Is with Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25–26). This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle—the good news that “God is with us” in Jesus Christ. The sign promised to the House of ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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
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