Sunday Scripture Reflections

Surpass the Pharisees

We so often condemn the Pharisees that we totally miss a sneaky way that we are often like them.  The hard saying of Jesus “if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off” is a kind of shock therapy to wake us up to the way we are hard on other’s faults yet quite soft on our own.  It’s […]

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 […]

Salt of the Earth, Light of the World

You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world, proclaims Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  This seems to indicate that there is an essential role for passion, excitement and fire in the Christian life. The Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) are Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalms 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; First […]

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 […]

Candlemas—A Light to the Nations

February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple.  It  commemorates Simeon’s famous prophecy that Jesus would be a “light of revelation to the Gentiles.”  It is also known as Candlemas since it is the day that candles are blessed for use throughout the Church year. The Mass readings for the Feast of the […]

History Redeemed

Mount of Beatitudes on the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Photography by Larry Barrett, Photographer, Videographer | Shutterstock

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings: Isaiah 8:23–9:3 Psalm 27:1, 4, 13–14 1 Corinthians 1:10–13, 17 Matthew 4:12–23 Today’s Liturgy gives us a lesson in ancient Israelite geography and history. Isaiah’s prophecy in today’s First Reading is quoted by Matthew in today’s Gospel. Both intend to recall the apparent fall of […]

Church—Are you called?

Since Christians are members of Christ’s Church and the term Church means those who are called, that must mean that every single believer without exception has a call or a vocation. The Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) are Isaiah 8:23–9:3; Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14; First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17. DEATH AND […]

Perfect Offering

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Isaiah 49:3, 5–6Psalm 40:2, 4, 7–101 Corinthians 1:1–3John 1:29–34 Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading. He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.” Servant and Son, our […]

Jesus, Lamb of God?

John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as the spotless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  This title, so prominent in the Mass, illumines the meaning of Christ’s passion, recalling the first Passover remembered every year during Holy Week and the Triduum. The Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) are Isaiah […]

A New Creation

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for The Baptism of the Lord (Year A): Isaiah 42:1–4, 6–7Psalm 29:1–4, 9–10Acts 10:34–38Matthew 3:13–17 Jesus presents himself for baptism in today’s Gospel not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”)—the Spirit-endowed […]