Category: New Testament

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)

Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

St Luke’s gospel is the only one to include any details of the childhood of Christ. This is probably because he spoke to the Virgin Mary, who shared her memories of the Child Jesus with him. The main story he tells is of Christ’s disappearance during a family trip to Jerusalem – and of being … Continue reading Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

The scene of Christ being sentenced to death has a long history in Christian art. This is mostly due to the episode being the very first of the ‘Stations of the Cross’, the popular devotion that encourages Catholics to meditate on the suffering and death of Christ. Christ’s condemnation to death is covered in all … Continue reading Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

In his gospel, one of St John’s favourite themes was the contrast between light and darkness. He included a number of sayings on this subject. One of these was the following statement, made by Christ both to his disciples and to the people: “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5; 12:46). Referring to … Continue reading I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)