Sunday Bible Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections

This Sunday

Wisdom’s Feast: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Wisdom of God has prepared a feast, we hear in today’s First Reading. We must become like children (see Matthew 18:3–4) to hear and accept this invitation. For in every Eucharist, it is the folly of the Cross that is represented and renewed. To the world, it is foolishness ...
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Recent Reflections

Take and Eat: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today's First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures—that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us. We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in ... Read More

Endurance Test: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The journey of discipleship is a life-long exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life. The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s ... Read More

Bread Left Over: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah and King, the Lord who comes to feed His people. Notice the parallels between today’s Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few ... Read More

One Flock: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church. Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had misled and scattered God’s people. He promises God will send ... Read More

The Church’s Mission: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In commissioning the apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the Resurrection. His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out ... Read More

Son of Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we've walked with the apostles in the Gospels in recent weeks, we've witnessed Jesus command the wind and sea, and order a little girl to arise from the dead. But He seems to meet His match in His hometown of Nazareth. Today's Gospel is blunt: "He was not able ... Read More

Arise!: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die, we hear in today’s First Reading. Death entered the world through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin; as a result, we are all bound to die. But in the moving story in today’s ... Read More

He Must Increase: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

The people in this week’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John. Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be. John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing ... Read More

Tree of Righteousness: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the cryptic message of the prophet Ezekiel, long centuries before the Lord’s coming, God gave His people reason to hope. Ezekiel glimpsed a day when the Lord God would place a tree on a mountain in Israel, a tree that would “put forth branches and bear fruit.” Who could ... Read More

The Promised One: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel Jesus has just been healing and casting out demons in Galilee. Along with the crowds, who flock to Him so that He can’t even take a break to eat, come people who do not understand what He is doing. Even His friends think He has lost His ... Read More
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