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The New CreationScott Hahn

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of 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. ...

Made clean Scott 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 serveScott 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 authority Scott 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 ...

Hearing the callScott Hahn

In the call of Samuel and 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 call. ...

Newborn King Scott Hahn

Today the child born on Christmas is revealed to be the long-awaited king of the Jews. As the priests and scribes interpret the prophecies in today's Gospel, he is the ruler expected from the line of ...

The mystery kept secretScott Hahn

What is announced to Mary in today's Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today's Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the ...

One who is coming Scott Hahn

The mysterious figure of John the Baptist, introduced in last week's readings, comes into sharper focus today. Who he is, we see in today's Gospel, is best understood by who he isn't. He is not Elijah ...