This parable teaches the importance of readiness for the arrival of Jesus, who is symbolised by a bridegroom. The wise bridesmaids, who were prepared for his coming, are contrasted with the foolish ones, who were not.
Category: New Testament
The Resurrection Collection: Easter 2023
To mark Easter 2023, here you’ll find ten images of the Risen Christ found in Catholic churches across Britain. You can explore this collection of art picturing the Resurrection throughout the Easter Season.
The Immortality of Christ (Romans 6:9-11)
'We know that Christ, once raised from the dead, will never die again. Death no longer has power over him. When he died, he died to sin once and for all. However, the life he lives, he lives for God. In the same way, you must regard yourselves as being dead to sin and alive for God in Christ Jesus."
The Harrowing of Hell (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6)
"In the spirit also he went to preach to the spirits in prison, those who had refused to obey long ago while God waited patiently in the days of Noah during the building of the ark." (1 Peter 3:19-20)
The Holy Rosary: Opening Prayers
Traditionally, Catholics start the Holy Rosary by making the Sign of the Cross, saying one Our Father, Three Hail Maries and one Glory Be. Then they recite the Apostles' Creed.
The Life and Letters of St Paul (Acts 22:1-21)
St Paul stands out as one of the most remarkable and influential characters in world history. He is traditionally known as the “apostle to the Gentiles” for his focus on sharing the gospel with people of all nations (Romans 11:13). After his conversion to Christianity, St Paul went on to become a great missionary, before eventually suffering martyrdom for his faith.
St Mary Magdalene follows Christ (Luke 8:1-3)
St Mary Magdalene was one of Christ’s most faithful disciples. She travelled with him in his preaching ministry and also witnessed both his death and resurrection. Since Mary shared the news of his return to life with the Twelve, she later became known as the ‘apostle to the apostles.’
The Mystery of Baptism
In early January each year, the Church celebrates the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This day honours the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan by St John the Baptist. The feast concludes the Christmas season and invites the faithful to reflect on the Sacrament of Baptism.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas are an ideal time to reflect on the life of the Holy Family, as revealed in the New Testament. Here you can take a moment each day to reflect on an aspect of the early life of Christ, through a series of images related to his childhood and meditations from recent popes.
6. The Feast of the Holy Family
“When they had fulfilled everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was upon him.” (Luke 2:39-40)