I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

Another of Christ’s famous ‘I am’ sayings, found in St John’s gospel, is where he spoke of himself as ‘the Good Shepherd’. While teaching the people in Jerusalem, he shared with them a parable about a shepherd who protected his sheep. The shepherd, he said, “calls his own sheep by name and leads them out… … Continue reading I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Wisdom of Solomon is a unique biblical book. It was one of the last books of the Old Testament to be produced and it was the only one written in Greek. The author was probably a Greek-speaking Jew who lived in Egypt, where there was a large Jewish community at the time. The book … Continue reading The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)

The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The story of the healing of the blind man Bartimaeus comes to us from St Mark’s gospel (Mark 10:46-52). In Luke’s version he is unnamed (18:35-43) and in St Matthew’s account, he is healed along with another blind beggar. Christ was on his final journey to Jerusalem, where he was to suffer and die. A … Continue reading The Healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The story of Christ healing a paralysed man is included in three of the gospels (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26). Each of the accounts include individual details which enable us to build up a bigger picture of what happened. One day, when Christ was teaching the people at a house in Capernaum (probably St … Continue reading The Healing of the Paralysed Man (Luke 5:17-26)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

According to the Church, the death of Christ is revealed throughout the whole Bible. As Pope St John Paul II explained: “There were many messianic texts in the Old Testament which foreshadowed the sufferings of the future Anointed One of God. Among all these, particularly touching is the one which is commonly called the Fourth Song … Continue reading The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel was a prophet and the last judge to rule over Israel. His story is told in the first book of Samuel. From there we learn that he appointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. Samuel also successfully prayed for victory over Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, and led a spiritual renewal of … Continue reading Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)