Dr. Scott Hahn: The Good News of the Ascension

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 1:1–11Psalm 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9Ephesians 1:17–23Matthew 28:16–20 (In dioceses where Ascension is celebrated on Thursday, see also the reflection for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.) In today’s First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Building His House

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 6:1–7Psalm 33:1–2, 4–5, 18–191 Peter 2:4–9John 14:1–12 By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house. His Father’s house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house of the Church, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: What are We to Do?

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Acts 2:14, 36–41Psalm 23:1–61 Peter 2:20–25John 10:1–10 Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion. By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading. He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that […]

Emmaus and Us

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 2:14, 22–28Psalm 16:1–2, 5, 7–111 Peter 1:17–21Luke 24:13–35 We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused, they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred. They know what they’ve seen—a prophet mighty in […]

They Saw and Believed

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Readings:Acts 10:34, 37–43Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23Colossians 3:1–4John 20:1–9 Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.” What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted […]

At Lazarus’ Tomb

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A).. Readings:Ezekiel 37:12–14Psalm 130:1–8Romans 8:8–11John 11:1–45 As we draw near to the end of Lent, today’s Gospel clearly has Jesus’ passion and death in view. That’s why John gives us the detail about Lazarus’ sister, Mary—that she is the one who anointed the Lord for […]

Listen to Him

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A).. Readings:Genesis 12:1-4Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 222 Timothy 1:8-10Matthew 17:1-9 Today’s Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Moses also took three companions up a mountain and on the seventh day was overshadowed by the shining cloud of God’s presence. He too spoke with God and […]

Holy as God

"The Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino [Public domain]

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A).. Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–131 Corinthians 3:16–23Matthew 5:38–48 We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in […]

Light Breaking Forth

Photography © by Randy Hain

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A).. Isaiah 58:7–10Psalm 112:4–91 Corinthians 2:1–5Matthew 5:13–16 Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world. As His disciples, we too are called to be “the light of the world,” He tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John […]

Presenting the Present

"The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple" (detail) - Guido of Siena [Public domain]

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Readings:Malachi 3:1–4Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10Hebrews 2:14–18Luke 2:22–40 Today’s feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him to […]