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Holy as GodScott Hahn

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday. Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect? Jesus ...

Affair of the heart Scott Hahn

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that He has come not to abolish but to "fulfill" the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten ...

Light breaking forthScott Hahn

Jesus came among us as light to scatter the darkness of a fallen world. As His disciples, we too are called to be "the light of the world," He tells us in the Gospel this Sunday (see John 1:4--4, 9; ...

Presenting the present Scott Hahn

Today's feast marks the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple, forty days after he was born. As the firstborn, he belonged to God. According to the Law, Mary and Joseph were required to take him ...

History redeemedScott Hahn

Today's Liturgy gives us a lesson in ancient Israelite geography and history. Isaiah's prophecy in today's First Reading is quoted by Matthew in today's Gospel. Both intend to recall the apparent fall ...

Perfect offering Scott Hahn

Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today's First Reading. He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: "'You are My servant,' He said to Me." Servant and Son, our Lord ...

Anointed onesScott Hahn

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 ...

God is with us Scott Hahn

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 ...