Sunday Scripture Reflections

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Who We Are Matters

I believe that one of the great challenges of our time derives from the loss of knowledge of who we are and what we are made for. Actually, we may know these eternal truths, but we tend to suppress them in our consciousness. In this age of consumerism, we tend to define ourselves, not by who we are and for […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: To Win Them Back

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Ezekiel 33:7–9Psalm 95:1–2, 6–9Romans 13:8–10Matthew 18:15–20 As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in today’s first Reading, so Jesus in the Gospel today establishes His disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). He also puts […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: For Your Life

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Jeremiah 20:7–9Psalm 63:2–6, 8–9Romans 12:1–2Matthew 16:21–27 Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought […]

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Peter the Rock — Get Behind me Satan?

No sooner does Jesus praise Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi and dub him “the Rock” than he rebukes him as the devil or Satan. Peter had confessed Jesus to be the Messiah. But his idea of what it meant to be the Christ left no room for suffering, sacrifice or the way of the cross as the cost of discipleship. […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Oh, the Depths!

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Isaiah 22:15, 19–23Psalm 138:1–3, 6, 8Romans 11:33–36Matthew 16:13–20 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Paul exclaims in today’s Epistle. Today’s Psalm, too, takes up the triumphant note of joy and thanksgiving. Why? Because in the Gospel, the heavenly Father reveals […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: A Foreigner’s Faith

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Isaiah 56:1, 6–7Psalm 67:2–3, 5, 6, 8Romans 11:13–15, 29–32Matthew 15:21–28 Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to […]

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Walking on Water — Fear, Faith, & Trials

The gospel story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter sinking has much to teach us about the difference between fear, little faith, and the kind of trust that endures waves and storms, trials and crisis.  This post is a reflection on the Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A): First Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalms 85:9, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Sinking Fear

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:1 Kings 19:9, 11–13Psalm 85:9–14Romans 9:1–5Matthew 14:22–33 How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in today’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and […]

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Surrender to the Transfigured Christ

The Transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:1-9) stands prominently as an encouragement along the walk from Baptism to Resurrection; a walk that must pass through the Cross. Place yourself in the position of the Apostles—they have journeyed with Jesus since he began his public ministry and I am sure that they could not have been more astonished at what they had […]

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The Miracle of the Loaves

One of the most famous miracles of Jesus is the only one recorded in all four gospels–the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. LOAVES & FISH – SHARING? I once heard a homily that claimed what really happened is that bystanders took out food they were hiding under their cloaks and shared it. Jesus’ preaching inspired the melting of selfishness, […]