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St John the Baptist, Prophet of the Most High

St John the Baptist, Prophet of the Most High

22nd December “And you, my child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” (Luke 1:76-77) St John the Baptist was the last of the great prophets of Israel and a … Continue reading St John the Baptist, Prophet of the Most High

The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

15th December "The virgin will be with child, and she will give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Having learned more about Christ’s ancestors, we now turn to the Old Testament prophets who spoke of his coming. Isaiah was the first of the Four Major Prophets and he lived … Continue reading The Prophet Isaiah speaks of a royal child

King David, the shepherd king

King David, the shepherd king

9th December “Remember the gospel that I preach: Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, was raised from the dead.” (2 Timothy 2:8) King David was the shepherd boy and musician who became one of Israel’s greatest kings. After defeating Goliath on the battlefield in the service of King Saul, he went on to displace Saul … Continue reading King David, the shepherd king

The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

Jeremiah was one of the Four Major Prophets of Israel and he lived in the Kingdom of Judah. God called him to be a prophet during the reign of King Josiah and his ministry lasted around 40 years. He was from a priestly family but he never married. At the royal court in Jerusalem, he campaigned … Continue reading The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:1-40)

The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

Ezekiel was one of the Four Major Prophets of Israel. As Pope St John Paul II observed, he was “a witness of one of the most tragic ages the Jewish people lived through: the destruction of the Kingdom of Judaea and its capital, Jerusalem, followed by the bitter exile in Babylon.” Ezekiel was among a … Continue reading The Prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 36:24-28)

St Mark the Evangelist (Acts 12:12-13:15)

St Mark the Evangelist (Acts 12:12-13:15)

St Mark, whose full name was ‘John Mark’, was the writer of one of the four gospels. Nevertheless, unless he was the young man who fled from the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:51), he’s not mentioned in any of them. From the other books of the New Testament, however, we learn that his mother’s name … Continue reading St Mark the Evangelist (Acts 12:12-13:15)

St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

Most people probably know of the angel Gabriel because of his role in the Nativity. He was the one who told the Virgin Mary that she was to give birth to Christ (Luke 1:26-38). The New Testament says that he also informed St Zechariah about the birth of St John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-20). However, … Continue reading St Gabriel the Archangel (Daniel 9:20-27)

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

St Matthew’s gospel tells us that Christ once gave a long talk to the people, while seated on a mountain (Matthew 5:1-7:29). This great speech became known as ‘the Sermon on the Mount’. During this sermon, Christ covered many topics, including how to do good works, keep the Law of God and develop real faith. … Continue reading The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)

The story of Cain and Abel is of a family feud that ended in tragedy. It speaks of one man’s simple faith – and another’s murderous rage. Later, Abel’s bloody death also became a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ. Genesis says that Adam and Eve’s two eldest children were Cain and his brother Abel. … Continue reading Abel is Murdered (Genesis 4:1-16)