Category: Gothic Revival

Joseph is betrayed by his brothers (Genesis 37:1-36)

Joseph is betrayed by his brothers (Genesis 37:1-36)

The book of Genesis tells us that Jacob, the ancestor of the nation of Israel, had twelve sons in total. His favourite son was Joseph, the firstborn son of his beloved wife Rachel. However, the teenage Joseph was not popular with his other brothers. There were three reasons for this. Firstly, he used to report … Continue reading Joseph is betrayed by his brothers (Genesis 37:1-36)

Moses raises the Bronze Serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)

Moses raises the Bronze Serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)

The weird and wonderful story of Moses raising the Bronze Serpent in the wilderness includes a number of hidden messages about salvation. Pope John Paul II explained: “During Israel’s march from Egypt to the Promised Land, God permitted - because of the murmuring of the people - a plague of poisonous snakes, as a result … Continue reading Moses raises the Bronze Serpent (Numbers 21:4-9)

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael is one of the seven archangels, or “seven spirits”, who stand before the throne of God (Revelation 1:4). His name means “Who is like God?” and he is traditionally considered to be the military leader of the angels. In one of his sermons, Pope Benedict XVI unpacked the biblical figure of St Michael … Continue reading St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel, the son of Pethuel, is listed second among the minor prophets. He prophesied to the people of the Kingdom of Judah, which had previously been part of Israel. He seems to have lived at the same time as the prophet Hosea, and to have written his prophecies after the destruction of the kingdom of … Continue reading Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

The story of Christ calming the storm on Lake Galilee is found in three of the gospels (Matthew 8:18-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). St Mark’s account is the most graphic. Its attention to detail (such as Christ asleep on a ‘cushion’) suggests that it originally came from someone who was there - probably St Peter. … Continue reading Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

The Presentation at the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)

The Presentation at the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)

Forty days after the birth of Christ, his parents took him to the Temple of Jerusalem, to present him to God. This was in keeping with the Law of Moses, which required firstborn sons to be offered to God and also for the mother to be ritually purified by a sacrifice (Exodus 13:1-16; Leviticus 12:1-8). … Continue reading The Presentation at the Temple (Luke 2:22-38)

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

According to the gospels, Christ was well-known for his ability to heal. Crowds of afflicted people flocked to him, and “he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons” (Mark 1:32-34). He is also described as having raised three people from the dead. These miraculous accounts are presented as proof … Continue reading The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)