Sunday Scripture Reflections

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 […]

Jesus in the Desert

The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert is the gospel of the first Sunday of Lent.  The purple color of Lent symbolizes penance, but also royalty.   As we remember how the first Adam was tempted and failed his test, we rejoice that Christ the King, the New Adam, triumphed over the tempter.  We celebrate that we, sons and daughters […]

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 […]

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 […]