King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

Towards the beginning of his reign, the previously prayerful King David dramatically fell from grace. He had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who was one of his most loyal soldiers. To cover up the scandal, he then had Uriah killed. It all began when King David was walking on his … Continue reading King David’s affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:1-12:15)

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

The prophet Elisha was the pupil of the famous prophet, Elijah. He went on to become Elijah’s successor and performed many miracles. His life was one of sacrifice and service. Although he mixed with powerful politicians, he never forgot those on the margins. The story begins when God spoke to Elijah while he was hiding … Continue reading The Call of Elisha (1 Kings 19:9-21)

Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

After being sentenced to death, Christ was ordered to carry his cross to the hill outside Jerusalem where he was to be crucified. At the time, this was standard practice for criminals. Christ probably only carried the heavy cross-beam, rather than the entire cross. The beam would then have been fixed onto an upright stake … Continue reading Christ carries his cross (John 19:16-17)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

Towards the end of the book of Daniel is a dramatic tale about how the prophet saved an innocent woman named Susanna from the death penalty. It’s a story about attempted rape, the abuse of power and the right to a fair trial. It’s set in Babylon, where the Jews where living in exile. It … Continue reading The Trial of Susanna (Daniel 13:1-64)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

After the Fall of Adam and Eve, Genesis says that God spoke to each of those involved (the snake, the woman and the man) about the consequences of their sin. While explaining the punishment they would each receive, he also provided reassurance to Adam and Eve that all was not lost. God said to the … Continue reading The First Gospel (Genesis 3:14-19)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

The gospels say that after his baptism, the Holy Spirit led Christ into the desert for a spiritual retreat (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). Although there were wild animals in the desert, the angels looked after him. After he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, the Devil arrived to tempt him. Pope … Continue reading The Temptation of Christ (Luke 4:1-13)

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

Right after the Last Supper, after Judas Iscariot had left the room, Christ gave a farewell speech to his disciples. He promised them that he would prepare a place for them all in heaven, the place where he was about to go. He also spoke about the way to get there. However, they struggled to … Continue reading I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:1-7)

The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

The Benedictus is the name of a poetic speech given by St Zechariah, the father of St John the Baptist. It’s named after the first word of the poem – ‘Benedictus’ - which is the Latin word for ‘Blessed’. He uttered these words after regaining his faith and the power of speech. Pope St John … Continue reading The Benedictus (Luke 1:67-80)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

While he was in his forties, Jacob had a dream about God that changed his life forever. The dream took place while he was on the run from his brother, Esau, who he had cheated out of his birthright. To escape his angry twin, Jacob was sent by his parents to stay with his uncle … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Christ turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)

Christ turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)

The story of Christ’s very first miracle is found only in St John’s gospel. It took place during a wedding at Cana in Galilee, near where Christ grew up. His mother was there as a guest of the couple. Both Christ and his disciples had also been invited. During the wedding banquet, there was a … Continue reading Christ turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)