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Tag Archive for ‘Old Testament’

Wednesday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 70 (71):3-6, 16-17; Luke 1:5-25 God looked favourably on me The infancy narratives situate the whole gospel within the story of God’s plan. Many references to the Old Testament graft us into that story of God’s people. Both Zechariah and Elizabeth are described as ‘righteous’ before God, a word used of […]

Thursday 28 July

Jeremiah 18:1-6; Ps 146; Matthew 13:47-53 Understanding God’s will for us Both the Old and New Testaments are important to our understanding of God’s will for us. Besides being able to see the Old Testament teachings in the light of those of Christ, the fulfilment of so many of the Old Testament prophecies and covenants […]

Mary for Today – Woman for the Third Millennium (7)

Woman of Israel – Daughter of Zion Introduction The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Marian litany originally approved in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V. It is also known as the Litany of Loreto, for its first-known place of origin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto (Italy), where its usage was recorded […]

The Book of Revelation (6) Chapters 15 and 16

Chapter 15 of Revelation begins with mighty praise of God. John sees a “sea of glass mixed with fire,” another image in which John stretches our imaginations. This sea functions as a sort of heavenly Red Sea through which the martyrs have passed. The martyrs play harps and sing “the song of Moses…and the song […]

Saturday 21 September

SAINT MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13, Psalm 19A, Matthew 9:9-13 From Taxman to Apostle Matthew did not calculate the cost of discipleship. He simply rose and followed Jesus. Wow. Writing among Jews and for Jews, he links every teaching and act of Jesus to Old Testament precedents. His is a rich Gospel, full […]

Friday 8 March

Psalm 81, Hosea 14:2-10,Mark 12:28-34 Rejoice and remember Psalm 81 is a song of celebration. The psalmist reminds the people of God’s call, using words that echo earlier parts of the Old Testament – the Shema and the Ten Commandments. But instead of a stern lecture about their sin and its consequences, the psalmist speaks […]

Sunday, 18 November

THIRTY THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Psalm 16, Daniel 12:1-3, Hebrews 10:11-14, 18, Mark 13:24-32 On guard This teaching, rich in Old Testament allusions, warns the disciples to be vigilant, to observe the signs above and below, and leave end-time dates to the Father alone. Can you picture Jesus teaching you these things too? Fig […]

Saturday 19 November

1 Macc. 6: 1-13, Ps. 9, Luke 20: 27-40 Meeting people on their own ground Here the Sadducees, whose faith focused on the teaching of the Torah, the first five books of our Old Testament, set out to demonstrate the absurdity of the idea of the resurrection of the body. They considered the Torah did […]