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)
The Death of God’s Son (Wisdom 2:12-20)
From the beginning of Christianity, Wisdom chapter 2 was considered a prophecy of the death of Jesus. The passage describes how the Son of God will be tested, tortured and put to death.
The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)
The Song of the Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah tells the story of a servant of God who suffers death for the sins of others. It was later interpreted by Jesus himself as referring to his death on the cross.
St Jude the Apostle (Jude 1:1-2)
St Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles chosen by Christ and is believed to be the author of one of the letters in the New Testament (Luke 1:13-16; Acts 1:14; Jude 1:1). St Jude is also referred to in two of the gospels as ‘Thaddaeus’ (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18). This is not in itself … Continue reading St Jude the Apostle (Jude 1:1-2)
Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)
As Christ carried the cross-beam through the streets of Jerusalem, he was accompanied by a great crowd of people, among whom were women in mourning for him. The episode is only mentioned in St Luke’s gospel, which is often described as the ‘gospel of women’ because of its strong female focus. St Luke’s tells us … Continue reading Christ comforts the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-31)
Abraham sacrifices Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)
The book of Genesis describes God's order to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. The story illustrates Abraham's great faith and trust in God, and was later seen as a symbol of the death of Christ.
The Seven Penitential Psalms (Psalms 6; 32; 38; 51; 102; 130 and 143)
The Seven Penitential Psalms are a collection of seven prayers of repentance from the book of Psalms. Traditionally attributed to King David, they were widely used in the medieval Church as prayers of contrition.