Sunday Scripture Reflections

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

They Saw and Believed

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Readings:Acts 10:34, 37–43Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23Colossians 3:1–4John 20:1–9 Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.” What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted […]

COVID-19 at the Start of Holy Week

Just a few short months ago, the great powers of the world were confident.  America, the #1 economy in the world, was in the midst of one of the longest “bull markets” in recent history.  China, the #2 economic power, was flexing its military and economic muscle.  Europe was getting ready for another high tourist season in Spring and Summer.  […]