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Sarah the mother of Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7)

Sarah the mother of Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7)

Sarah, the wife of Abraham, is an important figure in Jewish history. Her story is told in the book of Genesis. Through her son Isaac, she and her husband were the original ancestors of the nation of Israel, as well as its later kings. Originally named Sarai, she was from the Sumerian city of Ur. … Continue reading Sarah the mother of Isaac (Genesis 21:1-7)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

The story of Christ calming the storm on Lake Galilee is found in three of the gospels (Matthew 8:18-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). St Mark’s account is the most graphic. Its attention to detail (such as Christ asleep on a ‘cushion’) suggests that it originally came from someone who was there - probably St Peter. … Continue reading Christ stills the Tempest (Mark 4:35-41)

The Song of Deborah (Judges 5:1-31)

The Song of Deborah (Judges 5:1-31)

The Song of Deborah is thought to be one of the oldest pieces of literature in the Bible. Found within the book of Judges, it describes the victory of the Israelites at the battle of Mount Tabor. The hymn was apparently sung as a duet between Barak, the Israelite general, and Deborah, the judge and … Continue reading The Song of Deborah (Judges 5:1-31)

Christ raises a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17)

Christ raises a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17)

The moving story of how Christ restored a widow’s son to life in Nain, near where he grew up, was probably included in the Bible to console those who had lost loved ones. Pope Francis begins the story for us: “With his disciples, Jesus arrives in Nain, a village in Galilee, right at the moment … Continue reading Christ raises a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17)

Abigail acts as peacemaker (1 Samuel 25:1-42)

Abigail acts as peacemaker (1 Samuel 25:1-42)

Abigail is perhaps one of the less well-known heroines of the Bible. The story of how her quick-thinking saved the day is found in the first book of Samuel. She was married to a wealthy farmer called Nabal, who despite his riches was a harsh man who lacked common sense. By contrast, Scripture tells us … Continue reading Abigail acts as peacemaker (1 Samuel 25:1-42)

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)