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Bonds loosedScott Hahn

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week's First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test. The Church ...

The new creation Scott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence our baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of Baptism, Peter reminds us in today's Epistle. And ...

Made cleanScott Hahn

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, ...

Raised to serve Scott Hahn

In today's First Reading, Job describes the futility of life before Christ. His lament reminds us of the curse of toil and death placed upon Adam following his original sin (see Genesis 3:17-19). Men ...

The king's authorityScott Hahn

Last week, Jesus announced the kingdom of God is at hand. This week, in mighty words and deeds, He exercises His dominion -- asserting royal authority over the ruler of this world, Satan (see John 12:31). Notice ...

Following him Scott Hahn

The calling of the brothers in today's Gospel evokes Elisha's commissioning by the prophet Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:19-21). As Elijah comes upon Elisha working on his family's farm, so Jesus sees the brothers ...

Hearing the callScott Hahn

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 prepared to hear God's ...

The anointing Scott Hahn

The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God's plan -- that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the magi, have been made "co-heirs" to the blessings promised to Israel. This week, we're shown how ...