Tag: Gospels

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

In St Luke’s gospel, we read how Christ told three parables about God’s mercy towards sinners. The first was the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this intriguing story, he spoke of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine of his one hundred sheep in the desert to go in search of just one who had gone … Continue reading The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7)

The Stations of the Cross for Lent 2022

The Stations of the Cross for Lent 2022

The Stations of the Cross are a series of fourteen scenes that gradually tell the story of how Jesus carried the cross to his death. Sometimes, the devotion is known as the ‘Way of the Cross’ or the 'Way of Sorrows'. For centuries, Catholics have prayerfully meditated on the Passion of Christ during Lent by … Continue reading The Stations of the Cross for Lent 2022

The Virgin Mary, the mother of the Messiah

The Virgin Mary, the mother of the Messiah

24th December “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.” (Luke 1:31-32) As we reach Christmas Eve, we now turn to … Continue reading The Virgin Mary, the mother of the Messiah

Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

The episode of Christ restoring a twelve year old girl to life is retold in three of the gospels (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43; Luke 8:40-56). It’s one of the three resurrection miracles mentioned by the evangelists. The scene took place alongside another of Christ’s miracles, the cure of a sick woman who touched his cloak. … Continue reading Christ raises the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

As Christ was dying on the cross, he was guarded by a group of Roman soldiers led by a centurion. The gospels tell us that when the centurion witnessed the circumstances of Christ’s death, he praised God and came to faith. (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47) As Pope Benedict XVI explained: “At the end … Continue reading The Centurion’s faith in Christ (Mark 15:39)

Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

One Sabbath day in Jerusalem, Christ spotted a well-known beggar who had been blind from birth. People at the time often thought that his condition was a punishment for sin. So Christ’s disciples asked him whose fault it was that this had happened to him. Christ explained that it was nobody’s fault. Then he spat … Continue reading Christ heals a man born blind (John 9:1-41)

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The episode of Christ meeting the Samaritan women at a well belongs in St John’s gospel (John 4:1-42). The story gives us a sense of Christ’s respect for women, his sensitivity and his determination to break down barriers. One day, when he was on his way back to Galilee, Christ came to a town called … Continue reading Christ meets the woman at the well (John 4:1-42)

The Baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17)

The Baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17)

The baptism of Christ is described in all four gospels (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34). This event marked the start of Christ’s public ministry. It was a sign that he was both the promised Messiah and the Son of God. St John the Baptist performed the baptism in the River Jordan. Pope … Continue reading The Baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Christ once told a story about how God is always ready to forgive our sins. It’s commonly known as ‘the parable of the prodigal son’, because the younger son in the story was ‘prodigal’, or reckless with money. The famous parable, from St Luke’s gospel, sits alongside two others on the subject of God’s mercy … Continue reading The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

‘The Visitation’ is the formal name for the visit of the Virgin Mary to her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. The episode is described only in St Luke’s gospel. It took place straight after the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant. Mary’s first thought on receiving this news was for her elderly relative Elizabeth, … Continue reading The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)