Tag: Charles Blakeman

The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

After describing the creation of the world, the book of Genesis then turns its attention to the arrival of the first humans. In doing so, it reveals important truths about how God wanted the world to be. It speaks to issues of human identity, of our role in creation and of our relationship with God. … Continue reading The Creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:1-25)

The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:1-17)

The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:1-17)

The book of Isaiah is often known as the ‘Fifth Gospel’ for its detailed references to the future birth, life and death of the Messiah. Particularly at Christmastime, several passages from the prophet are read during Mass that are understood as references to the birth of Christ. As Pope John Paul II explained: “One of … Continue reading The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:1-17)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The story of the prophet Balaam is perhaps one of the quirkiest in the Old Testament. It begins as the Israelites are encamped on the border of Moab, ready to conquer the land. Balak, the king of Moab, decided that he had to take drastic action to stop this happening. In desperation, Balak contacted Balaam, … Continue reading Balaam foresees a star (Numbers 22:1 – 24:25)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)

The second book of the Maccabees is one of the last-written books found in the Old Testament. It contains a story of seven brothers and their mother, who were all martyred for their refusal to break the Law of Moses. A century and a half before Christ, a ruthless man named Antiochus Epiphanes became king … Continue reading The Martyrs of the Maccabees (2 Maccabees 7:1-42)