Author: Lo & Behold

The Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 60:1-22)

The Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 60:1-22)

Isaiah was one of Israel’s greatest prophets. As a later biblical writer described him: “By his dauntless spirit he saw the future, and comforted the mourners in Zion. He revealed what was to occur to the end of time, and the hidden things before they happened.” (Sirach 48:22-25)  Isaiah’s ministry (740-701 BC) spanned the reigns of … Continue reading The Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 60:1-22)

David becomes king (2 Samuel 5:1-3)

David becomes king (2 Samuel 5:1-3)

Following the death of King Saul, David mourned for the man who had been his arch-enemy. After consulting God, he then settled in the town of Hebron. Forces loyal to King Saul continued to resist David’s claim to the throne, but eventually he overcame them. The Second Book of Samuel goes on to say: “All … Continue reading David becomes king (2 Samuel 5:1-3)

Bathsheba, the mother of King Solomon (1 Kings 1:1-2:19)

Bathsheba, the mother of King Solomon (1 Kings 1:1-2:19)

Bathsheba was a wife of King David and an ancestor of Christ. She had five sons with King David. The first died, but the next one, Solomon, became king of Israel (1 Chronicles 3:5; 29:28). Bathsheba is introduced in the Bible as the wife of Uriah, one of David’s best soldiers. King David slept with … Continue reading Bathsheba, the mother of King Solomon (1 Kings 1:1-2:19)

Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

The episode of Christ restoring a twelve year old girl to life is retold in three of the gospels (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56). It’s one of the three resurrection miracles mentioned by the evangelists. The scene took place alongside another of Christ’s miracles, the cure of a sick woman who touched his cloak. … Continue reading Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

After describing the creation of the world, the book of Genesis then turns its attention to the arrival of the first humans. In doing so, it reveals important truths about how God wanted the world to be. It speaks to issues of human identity, of our role in creation and of our relationship with God. … Continue reading The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

As Christ was dying on the cross, he was guarded by a group of Roman soldiers led by a centurion. The gospels tell us that when the centurion witnessed the circumstances of Christ’s death, he praised God and came to faith. (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47) As Pope Benedict XVI explained: “At the end … Continue reading The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

Joseph’s life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-45:28)

Joseph’s life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-45:28)

After Joseph had been sold as a slave in Egypt, his life took a series of twists and turns. His new owner was one of Pharaoh’s most senior bodyguards and at first things went well. But then his owner’s wife falsely accused him of rape and he was sent to prison, where he would spend … Continue reading Joseph’s life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-45:28)

Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

One Sabbath day in Jerusalem, Christ spotted a well-known beggar who had been blind from birth. People at the time often thought that his condition was a punishment for sin. So Christ’s disciples asked him whose fault it was that this had happened to him. Christ explained that it was nobody’s fault. Then he spat … Continue reading Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

Jeremiah was one of the Four Major Prophets of Israel and he lived in the Kingdom of Judah. God called him to be a prophet during the reign of King Josiah and his ministry lasted around 40 years. He was from a priestly family but he never married. At the royal court in Jerusalem, he campaigned … Continue reading The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The episode of Christ meeting the Samaritan women at a well belongs in St John’s gospel (John 4:1-42). The story gives us a sense of Christ’s respect for women, his sensitivity and his determination to break down barriers. One day, when he was on his way back to Galilee, Christ came to a town called … Continue reading Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)