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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 Israel's future release and return from captivity and exile. But as today's Gospel shows, Israel's historic deliverance was meant to herald an even greater saving ...
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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

Calling the Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10 Psalm 131:1-3 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12 Though they were Moses' successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi ... Read More

Love Commanded: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Exodus 22:20-26 Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) And in today's Gospel, He reveals that love - of God and of neighbor - is the fulfillment of the whole of ... Read More

Caesar and the King: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 45:1,4-6 Psalm 96:1,3-5, 7-10 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today's Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect, God says to ... Read More

Dressing for the Feast: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-10 Psalm 23:1-6 Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Matthew 22:1-14 Our Lord's parable in today's Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus is the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15), the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies ... Read More

Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20 Philippians 4:6-9 Matthew 21:33-43 In today's Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God. And the symbolism of today's First Reading and Psalm is readily understood. God is the owner ... Read More

The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: Ezekiel 18:25-28 Psalm 25:4-9 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 Echoing the complaint heard in last week's readings, today's First Reading again presents protests that God isn't fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who ... Read More

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