Tag: Apostle

St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

St John, along with his brother St James Major, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He worked with his father Zebedee in the family fishing business on Lake Galilee. It was beside this lake that Christ first called the two brothers to leave their nets and to follow him (Matthew 4:21-22; 10:3). With the exception … Continue reading St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

St. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and is traditionally considered the author of the gospel that bears his name. Pope Benedict XVI explained: “His name in Hebrew means "gift of God". The first canonical Gospel, which goes under his name, presents him to us in the list of the Twelve, labelled very precisely: … Continue reading The Call of St Matthew (Matthew 9:9)

The Martyrdom of St James (Acts 12:1-3)

The Martyrdom of St James (Acts 12:1-3)

St James Major was one of the twelve apostles called by Christ to share in his mission. Along with his brother St John (who also became an apostle), he was a fisherman. Christ met him when he was mending nets with his brother at the sea of Galilee and invited him to become a disciple. … Continue reading The Martyrdom of St James (Acts 12:1-3)

The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

This mosaic scene is found in St Paul's chapel within Westminster Cathedral. It depicts the vision that St Paul had on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus. Scripture says that St Paul (then known as 'Saul') was floored by a flash of light and heard the voice of Christ. The Latin text under the image reads 'Surge, … Continue reading The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-19)

The Election of St Matthias (Acts 1:15-26)

The Election of St Matthias (Acts 1:15-26)

Following the death of Judas Iscariot, there was a position vacant among the twelve apostles. St Peter proposed that one of the disciples Christ had originally called should take the role (cf Luke 10:1). Two candidates who had known and followed Christ from the beginning were put forward - Barsabbas and Matthias. After prayer and the casting of … Continue reading The Election of St Matthias (Acts 1:15-26)