Gospel

A New Start

"The Baptism of Christ" (detail) by Pietro Perugino [Public domain]

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Most of us have felt on occasion that things were going so badly that we just wished we could start all over! A second chance! Or maybe your life is not going that well and you realize that you are just not the person you should be. I would bet that most […]

A New Creation

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for The Baptism of the Lord (Year A): Isaiah 42:1–4, 6–7Psalm 29:1–4, 9–10Acts 10:34–38Matthew 3:13–17 Jesus presents himself for baptism in today’s Gospel not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”)—the Spirit-endowed […]

A King to Behold

"Adoration of Magi" (detail) by Diego Velázquez [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for Christmastide: The Epiphany of the Lord Readings:Isaiah 60:1–6Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–13Ephesians 3:2–3, 5–6Matthew 2:1–12 An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights, and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears. Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah […]

God Is with Us

The Annunciation (St. Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary) by Paolo de Matteis [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 7:10–14Psalm 24:1–6Romans 1:1–7Matthew 1:18–24 The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25–26). This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle—the good news that “God is with us” […]

Here is Your God

Saint John The Baptist Preaching In The Wilderness by (detail) Anton Raphael Mengs [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 35:1–6, 10Psalm 146:6–10James 5:7–10Matthew 11:2–11 John questions Jesus from prison in today’s Gospel—for his disciples’ sake and for ours. He knows that Jesus is doing “the works of the Messiah,” foretold in today’s First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples—and us—to know […]

Rejoice in Hope

Gaudete Sunday calls us to rejoice in hope.  As John the Baptist found joy amidst suffering due to the Good News that the Christ had appeared, we too pause from our Advent penance to rejoice in a salvation that has drawn near and whose first fruits we can taste. The Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) […]

Life-Changing Lessons from St. John the Baptist

"The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" by Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” (Matthew 3:1-3) St. John the Baptist is […]

Fast Before Feast

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of Peace.  So why does the Church precede the feast of December 25 with a somber season of fast, penance and repentance?  A meditation for Advent… The Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) are Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12. Christmas cards speak […]

Stay Awake This Advent

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“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42). This verse is part of a larger passage (Matthew 24:1 — 25:30) where Jesus speaks about the time before his second coming—that is the time in which we all live. Of course this is immediately followed with the separation of the sheep and […]

Dr. Scott Hahn – The Hour is Late

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Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year A) Readings:Isaiah 2:1–5Psalm 122:1–9Romans 13:11–14Matthew 24:37–44 Jesus exaggerates in today’s Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again. He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; […]