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The Gifts and Charisms of the Holy Spirit

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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, […]

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 […]

Our Deepest Desire is Satisfied on the Road to Emmaus

"Super at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio / Public domain

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 2:14, 22-28; Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; First Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35. Deep within each and every one of us there is a hunger and a thirst.  We all experience this yearning of the soul—a heart that burns with longing, but we don’t always recognize what […]

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 […]

Encountering the Word — Psalm 51:1

"King David in Prayer" (detail) Pieter de Grebber [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense.” (Psalm 51:1) Encountering the Word is your source for daily inspiration, encouragement, and guidance from God’s Holy Word in the Bible. Please share on Facebook and other social media. Print this entry

Now is The Acceptable Time

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Disclaimer: This reflection is offered by a person who is, at times, downright lazy and very often a skilled procrastinator. So, any similarities the reader might find to be true of themselves is purely coincidental. Act, before it is too late… Jesus tells the parable in Scripture of the individuals who receive an invitation to a Wedding Feast, but many of […]