Tag: New Testament

Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

St Luke’s gospel is the only one to include any details of the childhood of Christ. This is probably because he spoke to the Virgin Mary, who shared her memories of the Child Jesus with him. The main story he tells is of Christ’s disappearance during a family trip to Jerusalem – and of being … Continue reading Christ among the Doctors (Luke 2:41-52)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

The scene of Christ being sentenced to death has a long history in Christian art. This is mostly due to the episode being the very first of the ‘Stations of the Cross’, the popular devotion that encourages Catholics to meditate on the suffering and death of Christ. Christ’s condemnation to death is covered in all … Continue reading Christ is condemned to death (John 19:4-16)

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

In his gospel, one of St John’s favourite themes was the contrast between light and darkness. He included a number of sayings on this subject. One of these was the following statement, made by Christ both to his disciples and to the people: “I am the light of the world” (8:12; 9:5; 12:46). Referring to … Continue reading I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)

The Revelation of St John (Revelation 1:1-20)

The Revelation of St John (Revelation 1:1-20)

The book of Revelation, otherwise known as the ‘Apocalypse’, is the last book of the Bible. Its writer, named John, explains that while he was exiled on the island of Patmos, he experienced a series of prophetic visions. He was told by God to write them down for the seven churches of Asia (1:1-9). For … Continue reading The Revelation of St John (Revelation 1:1-20)

St Martha and St Mary (Luke 10:38-42)

St Martha and St Mary (Luke 10:38-42)

This short episode in the life of Christ is only mentioned within St Luke’s gospel. Two miles to the east of Jerusalem lay a town called Bethany, where two sisters – St Martha and St Mary – lived with their brother Lazarus. There was always a welcome for Christ in this home. We know from St … Continue reading St Martha and St Mary (Luke 10:38-42)

St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

St John, along with his brother St James Major, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He worked with his father Zebedee in the family fishing business on Lake Galilee. It was beside this lake that Christ first called the two brothers to leave their nets and to follow him (Matthew 4:21-22; 10:3). With the exception … Continue reading St John, Apostle and Evangelist (John 21:20-25)

Christ is anointed by a sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50)

Christ is anointed by a sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50)

The account of the sinful woman who anointed Christ’s feet is found in St Luke’s gospel. It underlines Christ’s welcoming attitude towards sinners and his criticism of the self-righteous. Pope Benedict XVI shared this reflection on the story: “Simon, a Pharisee and a rich dignitary of the town, was holding a banquet at his home … Continue reading Christ is anointed by a sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50)