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Bonds Loosed: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week’s First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test. The Church has always read this story as a sign of God’s love for the ...
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The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle. And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of ... Read More

Made Clean: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Old Testament, leprosy is depicted as punishment for disobedience of God’s commands (see Numbers 12:12–15; 2 Kings 5:27; 15:5). Considered “unclean”—unfit to worship or live with the Israelites, lepers are considered “stillborn,” the living dead (see Numbers 12:12). Indeed, the requirements imposed on lepers in today’s First Reading—rent ... Read More

Raised to Serve: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s First Reading, Job describes the futility of life before Christ. His lament reminds us of the curse of toil and death placed upon Adam following his original sin (see Genesis 3:17–19). Men and women are like slaves seeking shade, unable to find rest. Their lives are like the ... Read More

The King’s Authority: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion—asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31). Notice that today’s events take place on the sabbath. The sabbath was to be an everlasting ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings: 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 ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings: 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 ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings: 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, ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings: 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 ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings 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 ... Read More

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

Download Audio FileReadings 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 ... Read More
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