Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

The account of Christ walking on water is found in three of the gospels, although only St Matthew’s version tells us about St Peter’s involvement in the miracle. (Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21) After Christ fed the 5,000, he told the apostles to set sail for the town of Capernaum, on the other side … Continue reading Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

St James Minor (James 1:1-27)

St James Minor (James 1:1-27)

St James Minor was both one of the Twelve Apostles and a relative of Christ. In St Mark’s gospel, he’s referred to as ‘James the Less’, to distinguish him from the other apostle named James (Mark 15.40). The term ‘Less’ (or Minor) may refer to either his height or his age. According to the New … Continue reading St James Minor (James 1:1-27)

The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

The imprisonment and brutal death of St John the Baptist is recorded in three of the gospels, although St Mark’s account is the most detailed (Matthew 14:3-12; Mark 6:17-29; Luke 3:19-20; 9:7-9). As background, King Herod of Galilee had married Herodias, his brother's wife. Not one to hold back, St John the Baptist told him … Continue reading The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith is a thanksgiving hymn that tells the story of one woman’s courage in the face of the enemy. It forms most of the last chapter of the Old Testament book of Judith.  The book is named after Judith, a brave and beautiful woman who saved Israel from destruction by assassinating Holofernes, … Continue reading The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)