Sunday Scripture Reflections

Life-Changing Lessons from St. John the Baptist

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“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” (Matthew 3:1-3) St. John the Baptist is […]

Fast Before Feast

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of Peace.  So why does the Church precede the feast of December 25 with a somber season of fast, penance and repentance?  A meditation for Advent… The Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) are Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12. Christmas cards speak […]

Dr. Scott Hahn – The Hour is Late

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Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 2:1–5Psalm 122:1–9Romans 13:11–14Matthew 24:37–44 Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; […]

The Second Coming in Glory

The belief second and final coming of Jesus as sovereign Lord and judge of the world is common to all Christians, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant.  It is commemorated each November in the Roman Catholic Feast of Christ the King, a celebration that inspires both hope and a salutary fear. The Mass readings for the Solemnity of Christ the King (Year […]

“Today” is the Day

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Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Readings: Malachi 3:19–20 Psalm 98:5–9 2 Thessalonians 3:7–12 Luke 21:5–19 It is the age between our Lord’s first coming and His last. We live in the new world begun by His life, death, Resurrection, and Ascension, by the sending of His Spirit upon […]

Armageddon, Apocalypse and the Final Battle

The Apocalypse — What does the Bible really teach about the End of the World, Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ and the final battle against the Antichrist? The gospels and the book of Revelation raise many apocalyptic questions for Christians. The Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Malachi 3:19-20; Psalms 98:5-6, 7-8, […]

Heaven, Marriage and the Resurrection

Will there be marriage in heaven? Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees about the widow married to seven deceased husbands needs to be understood in light of some important truths about the resurrection and the afterlife. The Mass readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are Second Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Psalms 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15; Second Thessalonians 2:16–3:5; […]

Lover of Lost Souls

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Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) Readings: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 Psalm 145:1–2, 8–11, 13–14 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Luke 19:1–10 Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate toward all that He has made. […]

Sunday Reflection—The Pharisee and the Publican

The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (tax collector) in Luke 18 teaches us a lot about pride, humility and . . . insanity.  It even gives us insight into one of the principal battle cries of the Protestant Reformation — “sola gratia” or “grace alone.” The Mass readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) are […]

Sunday Reflection—Ask and You Shall Receive

Jesus says “ask and you shall receive.”  He encourages us to ask boldly and persistently through the story of the unjust judge and the persistent widow.  But if we don’t listen in prayer, we won’t know what to ask for.  Here are tips for using the inspired prayers called Psalms as guides to praying effectively. The Mass readings for the […]