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The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Song of Judith is a thanksgiving hymn that tells the story of one woman’s courage in the face of the enemy. It forms most of the last chapter of the Old Testament book of Judith.  The book tells the story of Judith, a brave and beautiful woman who saved Israel from destruction by assassinating … Continue reading The Song of Judith (Judith 15:14-16:17)

The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)

The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)

After the death of Joseph, the descendants of Jacob – the Hebrews – grew in number in the land of Egypt. But the time came when a new Pharaoh began to rule Egypt, one who had not known Joseph. Fearing that the Hebrews had grown too powerful, he sentenced them to slavery. They were forced to do hard labour, working … Continue reading The Early Life of Moses (Exodus 1:1-2:25)

Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

The book of Esther tells the story of how Esther, the queen of Persia, bravely saved her fellow-Jews from certain death. It’s a tense political drama with a young woman as its central character. The book begins by explaining how the king of Persia, Ahasuerus, divorced his first wife. Afterwards, he ordered that a search … Continue reading Queen Esther protects the Jews (Esther 8:1-8)

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

According to the gospels, Christ was well-known for his ability to heal. Crowds of afflicted people flocked to him, and “he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons” (Mark 1:32-34). He is also described as having raised three people from the dead. These miraculous accounts are presented as proof … Continue reading The Healing Ministry of Christ (Mark 1:32-34)

Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

The story of Rizpah’s faithful vigil for her dead sons is a disturbing yet touching episode recorded in the Second Book of Samuel. Rizpah had been a concubine, or ‘official mistress’ of King Saul, before he killed himself after losing the battle of Mount Gilboa. She had two sons by him, Armoni and Meshibosheph. After … Continue reading Rizpah mourns her crucified sons (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

This very human story of how Christ talked anonymously with two mourning disciples is found in St Luke’s gospel, although it’s briefly mentioned in St Mark’s too (16:12-13). Pope Benedict XVI once summarised it very well. He said: “It tells the tale of two followers of Christ who, on the day after the Sabbath or … Continue reading The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)