Sunday Scripture Reflections

Eucharist — The Body of Christ

"The Last Supper" (detail) by Duccio

Holy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper aka the Lord’s Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist — why did Jesus do what he did and say what he said? What did he mean when he said “This is my body and this is my blood” and “Do this in Memory of Me”?  And what does the Catholic Church […]

Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

"Christ's Entry into Jerusalem" by Hippolyte Flandrin

The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above the Altar is too intense a reminder of the sorrow in the world and that she would never join a […]

Death is Not the Final Answer

"The Raising of Lazarus" (detail) by Carl Bloch

The Final Journey to Jerusalem Begins The account of the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus is the seventh of the seven signs in St. John’s Gospel that announce the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the New Covenant and the passing away of the old rites, replaced by the grace and sacraments of Jesus Christ. It is also the […]

Love, Suffering and the Transfiguration

"The Transfiguration" (detail) by Raphael - Alvesgaspar / CC BY-SA

The love with which God embraces each of us is one of the great truths revealed in to us throughout salvation history, but especially through and in Jesus Christ. To come to better understand this love, we are continually invited by God into a deeper communion of prayer with Him… to come to know Him as He is. God, the […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Made Clean

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Leviticus 13:1–2, 44–46Psalm 32:1–2, 5, 111 Corinthians 10:31–11:1Mark 1:40–45 In the Old Testament, leprosy is depicted as punishment for disobedience of God’s commands (see Numbers 12:12–15; 2 Kings 5:27; 15:5). Considered “unclean”—unfit to worship or live with the Israelites, lepers are considered “stillborn,” the living dead (see Numbers 12:12). Indeed, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Hearing the Call

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:1 Samuel 3:3–10, 19Psalm 40:2, 4, 7–101 Corinthians 6:13–15, 17–20John 1:35–42 In the call of Samuel and of the first Apostles, today’s readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. Notice in the Gospel today that John’s disciples are […]

Dr. Scott Hahn Reflects on: One Who Is Coming

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year B) Readings:Isaiah 61:1–2, 10–11Luke 1:46–50, 53–541 Thessalonians 5:16–24John 1:6–8, 19–28 The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week’s readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today’s Gospel, is best understood by who he isn’t. He is not […]

Advent Reminds Us to Wake Up

Photography © by Andy Coan

During a time when parties and endless carols dull our spiritual senses, the message of Advent urges to wake up and be alert and vigilant.  Our society is asleep spiritually.  Here are some ideas to rouse ourselves, our famlies and our neighbors to a preparation for the Christmas holidays that is more life-giving and meaningful. Have you ever had one […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Love Commanded

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Readings:Exodus 22:20–26Psalm 18:2–4, 47, 511 Thessalonians 1:5–10Matthew 22:34–40 Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17). And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love—of God and of neighbor—is the fulfillment of the whole of the […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Caesar and the King

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)   Readings:Isaiah 45:1,4–6Psalm 96:1,3–5, 7–101 Thessalonians 1:1–5Matthew 22:15–21 The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect, God says […]