Tag: Arts and Crafts

Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

The account of Christ walking on water is found in three of the gospels, although only St Matthew’s version tells us about St Peter’s involvement in the miracle. (Matthew 14:22-23; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21) After Christ fed the 5,000, he told the apostles to set sail for the town of Capernaum, on the other side … Continue reading Christ walks on water (Matthew 14:22-33)

The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

The imprisonment and brutal death of St John the Baptist is recorded in three of the gospels, although St Mark’s account is the most detailed (Matthew 14:3-12; Mark 6:17-29; Luke 3:19-20; 9:7-9). As background, King Herod of Galilee had married Herodias, his brother's wife. Not one to hold back, St John the Baptist told him … Continue reading The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Mark 6:17-29)

Simon of Cyrene helps Christ (Mark 15:21-22)

Simon of Cyrene helps Christ (Mark 15:21-22)

Simon of Cyrene is possibly one of the most widely pictured characters in Christian art. This is because an image of him helping Christ to carry the cross is to be found in practically every Catholic church across the globe. Usually around the walls, you’ll find images of the fourteen ‘Stations of the Cross’ – … Continue reading Simon of Cyrene helps Christ (Mark 15:21-22)

The Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-22)

The Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-22)

The Song of Moses, also called ‘the Song of the Sea’, is a thanksgiving hymn that celebrates the miracle of the Red Sea and the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. It also looks forward to the founding of the Temple of Jerusalem. Pope Francis explains: “The book of Exodus tells us about Moses and … Continue reading The Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-22)

The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The story of the birth of St John the Baptist is found only in St Luke’s gospel. The event is only described very briefly, but from these nine verses a number of interesting details emerge. These include clues as to why Zechariah may have been unable to speak and of the importance of the name … Continue reading The Birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66)

The Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1-13) 

The Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1-13) 

The story of how the Queen of Sheba made a state visit to King Solomon of Israel is found in the books of First Kings and Second Chronicles (1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12). The Bible doesn’t tell us the name of the Queen of Sheba, but it does describe her as a woman who … Continue reading The Visit of the Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1-13) 

Samson removes the gates of Gaza (Judges 16:1-3)

Samson removes the gates of Gaza (Judges 16:1-3)

Samson was an Old Testament hero and one of the judges of Israel. He governed the country for 20 years, at a time when it was being terrorised by the Philistines. (Judges 15:20) The story of this maverick character – his confrontations with the Philistines, his fatal love affair with Delilah and his eventual death … Continue reading Samson removes the gates of Gaza (Judges 16:1-3)