Sunday Scripture Reflections

Peter the Rock — Get Behind me Satan?

"Christ Gives the Keys to St. Peter" (detail) | Pietro Perugino / Public domain

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 […]

Walking on Water — Fear, Faith, & Trials

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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 […]

Surrender to the Transfigured Christ

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

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 […]

The Miracle of the Loaves

Photography © by Andy Coan

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, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Treasures of the Kingdom

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings1 Kings 3:5, 7–12Psalm 119:57, 72, 76–77, 127–130Romans 8:28–30Matthew 13:44–52 What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all […]

Why Isn’t My Faith Stronger?

"The Sower" by Jean-François Millet [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We all know in general terms what God requires of us. He requires our love of Him and our love of others. He has given us His Church in which to gather and grow as His family. Through worship at Holy Mass and receiving Him in Holy Communion, we are strengthened in faith, hope and charity. Through our prayer and […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: The Word’s Return

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A). Readings:Isaiah 55:10–11Psalm 65:10–14Romans 8:18–23Matthew 13:1–23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith […]