In St Luke’s gospel, we read how Christ told three parables about God’s mercy towards sinners. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this intriguing story, he spoke of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine of his one hundred sheep in the desert to go in search of just one who had gone … Continue reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)
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Eight days later, the disciples were again in the house, and on this occasion Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood in their midst, and he said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Do not doubt any longer, but believe.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead, but he laid his right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One. I was dead, but now I am alive forevermore, and I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
Christ, our Paschal Lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of depravity and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
“When he was at table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight."
Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have removed him, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!”
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, as he promised he would be. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has been raised from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him.’
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him to life on the third day and allowed him to be seen not by all the people but by witnesses who were chosen by God in advance—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
This mosaic tells the story of the Prophet Jonah, who – like Christ – was from Galilee. Jonah lived during the reign of King Jeroboam II of Israel, in the 8th century BC (2 Kings 14:25). His ministry, which is described in the book named after him, reflects several themes – reluctance to serve God, … Continue reading Jonah and the Whale (Jonah 2:1-10)