Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections


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First and Last: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 The house of Israel is the vine of God - who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed His vineyard, Israel's kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But God promised that one day He would replant His vineyard and its shoots would ...
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Recent Reflections

The Debt We Owe: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Sirach 27:30-28:7 Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 Romans 14:7-9 Matthew 18:21-35 Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today's First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done us wrong. Jesus, too, strikes ... Read More

To Win Them Back: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today's first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). He also puts in ... Read More

For Your Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only ... Read More
Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter

‘Oh, the Depths!’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8 Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20 (see also "Peter's Powers") “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Paul exclaims in today’s Epistle. Today’s Psalm, too, takes up the triumphant note of joy and thanksgiving. Why? Because in the Gospel, ... Read More
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 ... Read More
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