Haggai was the tenth prophet of The Twelve Prophets and he lived in the sixth century BC. His mission was to motivate the people to finish rebuilding the Second Temple. His Temple Prophecy was later interpreted to refer to Jesus Christ.
10. The Holy Name of Jesus
“On the eighth day, when the time for the child’s circumcision had arrived, he was given the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)
Jesse, the root of the family tree
8th December “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch will grow from his roots. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him.” (Isaiah 11:1) Jesse was the father of King David and another direct ancestor of Christ. In the First Book of Samuel, he is referred to as … Continue reading Jesse, the root of the family tree
Judah, the lion and leader
6th December “The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor the mace from between his feet, until it comes to whom it belongs, and the obedience of the peoples is his.” (Genesis 49:10) Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob and we find his story in the book of Genesis. He was the … Continue reading Judah, the lion and leader
Jacob, the ancestor of kings
5th December “God said to him, “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become numerous. People and assemblies of people shall come from you. Kings shall come forth from your loins.” (Genesis 35:11) Jacob was the second son of Isaac and his beloved wife, Rebekah, who lived in the land of Canaan. He had an … Continue reading Jacob, the ancestor of kings
The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Christ once told a story about how God is always ready to forgive our sins. It’s commonly known as ‘the parable of the prodigal son’, because the younger son in the story was ‘prodigal’, or reckless with money. The famous parable, from St Luke’s gospel, sits alongside two others on the subject of God’s mercy … Continue reading The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
Christ turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)
The story of Christ’s very first miracle is found only in St John’s gospel. It took place during a wedding at Cana in Galilee, near where Christ grew up. His mother was there as a guest of the couple. Both Christ and his disciples had also been invited. During the wedding banquet, there was a … Continue reading Christ turns water into wine (John 2:1-11)
Samuel judges Israel (1 Samuel 7:3-17)
Samuel was a prophet and judge who appointed the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David, led a spiritual renewal of the nation, and prayed for victory over its enemies.
The Stay in Egypt (Hosea 11:1-4)
In his gospel, St Matthew links the stay of the Holy Family in Egypt with a saying from the Prophet Hosea about the recall of God's Son from Egypt.
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. The hymn draws upon the story of the Exodus and points forward to the coming of the Messiah.