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)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

The escape of the Holy Family from Israel into Egypt has long been a favourite subject in Christian art. The event was traditionally understood as one of the “seven sorrows” of the Virgin Mary, which explains why it became such a popular scene. Pope Benedict XVI explained the story this way: “The evangelist Matthew narrates … Continue reading The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)

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)

Christ washes the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-38)

Christ washes the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-38)

During the Last Supper, Christ gave his disciples a practical lesson on humility and a new commandment - to love one another. These extra details are recorded only in St John’s gospel. Just before the meal, a quarrel broke out among the disciples about who was the greatest. So Christ decided to address the issue … Continue reading Christ washes the disciples’ feet (John 13:1-38)

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)