Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections


This Sunday

Christ and the Canaanite Woman

A Foreigner’s Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew 15:21-28 Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today's First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today's Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God's covenant with Israel. Jesus tests her faith three ...
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Recent Reflections

St. Peter is Walking on the Water

Sinking Fear: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Psalm 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today's First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His ... Read More
Icon of the Transfiguration

Majestic Voice: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Readings: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 2 Peter 1:16-19 Matthew 17:1-9 High on the holy mountain in today's Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in His transfiguration. Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law of Moses to ... Read More
Parable of the Hidden Treasure

Treasures of the Kingdom: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 Romans 8:28-30 Matthew 13:44-52 What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell ... Read More
Landscape with the Parable of the Tares among the Wheat

Of Wheat and Weeds: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Wisdom 12:13,16-19 Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 God is always teaching His people, we hear in today’s First Reading. And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of justice, even those who ... Read More
Parable of the Sower by Domenico Fetti

The Word’s Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalm 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That ... Read More
Christ Blessing the Children

A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ist Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses. Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10) ... Read More
Jesus and the Apostles

To Find Our Lives: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8–11, 14–16 Ps 89:2–3,16–19 Rom 6:3–4,8–11 Mt 10:37–42 The Liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to His Church. We’re not all called to the ... Read More
Jesus Christ

Be Not Afraid: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. For His sake ... Read More
Corpus Christi

Word of the ‘Living Father’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That's how Jesus presents it in today's Gospel. He doesn't make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words ... Read More
Painting of the Interior of the Dome Depicting the Holy Trinity

How God Loves: Scott Hahn Reflects on Trinity Sunday

ni Readings: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-56 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God ... Read More