Gospel

Dr. Scott Hahn: To Find Our Lives

"Sermon on the Mount" St. Matthew's Church altarpiece by Henrik Olrik

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:2 Kgs 4:8–11, 14–16Ps 89:2–3, 16–19Rom 6:3–4, 8–11Mt 10:37–42 The Liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to His Church. We’re not all called […]

Dr. Scott Hahn on Corpus Christi: Words of the Living Father

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. Readings:Deuteronomy 8:2–3, 14–16Psalm 147:12–15, 19–201 Corinthians 10:16–17John 6:51–58 The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That’s how Jesus presents it in today’s Gospel. He doesn’t make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at […]

Know and Love the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

"The Holy Trinity" (detail) by Antonio de Pereda

We are able to know certain eternal truths without the light of faith. According the Church for example, the greatest truth of all—God exists—is knowable from the light of human reason and the works of creation alone. But there exist truths that we cannot discover until God reveals them to us. The doctrine of God as a Trinity of Divine Persons is […]

Dr. Scott Hahn on Trinity Sunday: How God Loves

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Readings:Exodus 34:4–6, 8–9Daniel 3:52–562 Corinthians 13:11–13John 3:16–18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today’s Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” We praise the God […]

Pentecost—God’s Love Ablaze

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout - detail

“Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor […]

The Gifts and Charisms of the Holy Spirit

Photography © by Andy Coan

Without Pentecost, the Gospel is not truly Good News.  For the seven gifts and Pentecostal charisms given by the Holy Spirit on this birthday celebration of the Church Catholic are essential for the success of our mission and indispensable for a joyful, victorious Christian life. This essay on the seven gifts and Pentecostal charisms of the Holy Spirit is a reflection […]

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 […]

The Ascension of the Lord and Our Mission

"Ascension of Christ" (detail) by Garofalo

Years before that first Ascension Thursday, God entered into His own creation as the God-man, Jesus. He came as a humble babe, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His birth took place in a stable that housed livestock. Little is recorded of His early years; He was a thirty-year-old when He began His public ministry. […]

Joy and Hope During A Pandemic

"The Baptism of the Eunich" (detail) by Rembrandt / Public domain

The world has been on lockdown and edge for nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Lives have been disrupted in significant ways. Although this is not unheard of in a human history that is marked with war, disease and natural disasters, it is new to many people alive today. And such disruptions are a severe blow […]

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, […]