Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible. Show all posts

Holy Trinity Sunday - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting    The love of the Father,
    the forgiveness and life of the Son
    and the strength of the Holy Spirit
    be always with you. R/ And also with you.

The Incomparable Christ

Almost two thousand years ago there was a Man born contrary to the laws of
life. This Man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which He lived; that was during His childhood exile.

Mary Magdalene - New Perspectives

Scholars seek to correct Christian tradition on Mary Magdalene

The sinful woman - Lk. 7
The fanciful fictions about Mary Magdalene in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code are not the only errors about the biblical saint that modern scholars are seeking to correct.
They are also trying to set straight centuries of erroneous Christian tradition regarding her that developed, especially in the West.

In A.D. 591 Pope St. Gregory the Great preached a sermon in which he identified as one person the New Testament figures of Mary Magdalene, the sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet and washed them with her tears, and the Mary who was the sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany.
Although he was only reflecting a tradition that had gained some ground in the West (and was resisted by many of the church’s early theologians), the sermon became a reference point for later scholarship, teaching and preaching in the West, Father Raymond F. Collins, a New
Testament scholar at The Catholic University of America, said in an interview.

Bartimaeus - The Blind man

Lessons from Bartimaeus Mark 10:46-52



Blindness was prevalent through infection at birth in N.T. times.There must have been thousands throughout Judea.Why was Bartimaeus singled out to receive his healing? I believe there were four reasons.

Paralytic Man

Lessons from the Paralytic Mark 2:3-12



(Though I titled this sermon as ‘Lessons from the paralytic’ to make this post search engine friendlier, I recommend you to modify the title to suite your preaching.)
Paralytics were very common in biblical times. Medical support was not available for such disabled people and their only hope was divine intervention. This passage tells about a paralytic and the story deals with three principals for having an encounter with God.

Workers in the Vineyard

The parable of the workers in the Vineyard Matthew 20:1-16


The parable of the workers in the Vineyard


Grace is the central theme of this parable. In it we meet a group of laborers whose master wasn’t very happy (in Matthew 20:13 “friend” is used ironically) because they failed to identify the grace he expressed unto them. Likewise today there are Christians in the church who don’t walk in the grace of God. Needless to say such behavior doesn’t impress God at all. In this parable I recognized three reasons as to why we fail to walk in God’s grace and how to overcome them.

Canaanite Woman and the Silence Of God

Sent by Gordon:

Silence Of God

God will come at an unexpected moment. He may not come as we expect. But, certainly He will come. He will hear our prayer one day. One day I was meditating on the conversation that took place between Jesus and the Canaanite woman narrated in the Scripture (Mt15:21-28, Mk7:24-30). I was a bit disturbed at the way Jesus humiliated that poor Canaanite woman. She had a lot of expectations from Jesus. She was sure that her daughter would be healed by the mighty power of Jesus. With this hope, she came to Jesus. But, unfortunately, “He did not answer her at all” (Mt.15:23). He was silent in front of her. All her expectations were been shattered. Even the disciples came to her aid. But Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Mt15:24). But, she was persistent and did not leave him. She pleaded with him again, “Lord help me”. He answered, “It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to dogs”. Though she was disappointed again, she said, “Yes Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table”. At last, this time, Jesus heard her prayer. He healed her daughter.