Tag: Nathaniel Westlake

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

Samuel was a prophet and the last judge to rule over Israel. His story is told in the first book of Samuel. From there we learn that he appointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. Samuel also successfully prayed for victory over Israel’s enemies, the Philistines, and led a spiritual renewal of … Continue reading Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)

The Prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-15)

The Prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-15)

The Prayer of Habakkuk is a song that describes a grand vision of God, shining forth in glory upon a mountain. It refers back to the events of the Exodus – and points forward to the coming of the Messiah. The prayer, also known as the ‘Canticle of Habakkuk’, is now used as part of … Continue reading The Prayer of Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:1-15)

The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)

The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)

The story of the Transfiguration of Christ is described in three of the gospels, as well as in the Second Letter of St Peter. (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36; 2 Peter 1:16-18). It describes how those closest to Christ got a glimpse of him in heavenly glory. Pope Francis picks up the story: “Taking … Continue reading The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8)

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

St Michael is one of the seven archangels, or “seven spirits”, who stand before the throne of God (Revelation 1:4). His name means “Who is like God?” and he is traditionally considered to be the military leader of the angels. In one of his sermons, Pope Benedict XVI unpacked the biblical figure of St Michael … Continue reading St Michael the Archangel (Revelation 12:7-12)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

Joel, the son of Pethuel, is listed second among the minor prophets. He prophesied to the people of the Kingdom of Judah, which had previously been part of Israel. He seems to have lived at the same time as the prophet Hosea, and to have written his prophecies after the destruction of the kingdom of … Continue reading Joel foretells the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)

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)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)

Aaron was the older brother of Moses and Israel’s first high priest. He served as Moses’ spokesperson and played a key role in leading the Israelites out of Egypt. God himself told Moses to appoint Aaron as the first high priest. This special role involved acting as mediator between the people and God. Once a … Continue reading Aaron is appointed high priest (Sirach 45:6-22)