Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections


This Sunday

Following Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 The calling of the brothers in today's Gospel evokes Elisha's commissioning by the prophet Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:19-21). As Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family's farm, so Jesus sees the brothers working by the seaside. And as Elisha left his mother and father to follow Elijah, so the brothers leave their father to come after Jesus. Jesus' promise - to make them ...
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Recent Reflections

Hearing the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19 Psalm 40:2,4,7-10 1 Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20 John 1:35-42 In the call of Samuel and the first Apostles, today's Readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. Notice in the Gospel today that John's disciples are prepared to hear God's call. They are already ... Read More

Newborn King: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 10-13 Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 Matthew 2:1-12 Today the child born on Christmas is revealed to be the long-awaited king of the Jews. As the priests and scribes interpret the prophecies in today's Gospel, he is the ruler expected from the line of King David, whose greatness ... Read More

Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Readings: Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:22-40 Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God's plan to make all people live ... Read More

The Mystery Kept Secret: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16 Psalm 89:2-5,27,29 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 What is announced to Mary in today's Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today's Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians ... Read More

One Who is Coming: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent

Readings Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week's readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today's Gospel, is best understood by who he isn't. He is not Elijah returned ... Read More

Straighten the Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Psalm 85:9-14 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 Our God is coming. The time of exile - the long separation of humankind from God due to sin - is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today's liturgy. Isaiah in today's First Reading promises ... Read More

Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-37 The new Church year begins with a plea for God's visitation. "Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down," the prophet Isaiah cries in today's First Reading. In today's Psalm, too, we hear the anguished ... Read More

When the End Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ's words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29; ... Read More

Settling Accounts: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalm 128:1-5 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today's Epistle. What matters isn't the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us ... Read More

Members of the Wedding: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16 Psalm 63:2-8 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 Matthew 25:1-13 According to marriage customs of Jesus' day, a bride was first "betrothed" to her husband but continued for a time to live with her family. Then, at the appointed hour, some months later, the groom would come to claim her, ... Read More