Isaiah 62: “For Zion’s Sake will I Not Hold My Peace”

In this remarkable chapter the coming glory of Zion is stressed and elaborated, making silence impossible. Isaiah will pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and Yahweh will put “watchmen upon [her] walls” whose persistent appeals will at length bring promise … Read more “Isaiah 62: “For Zion’s Sake will I Not Hold My Peace””

A wedding at Cana

Obeying the Law

Eight days after the birth of Jesus, at the time of circumcision, Joseph and Mary implicitly obeyed the angel and called the baby ‘Jesus’. Then followed the days of purification – despite the fact that the holy … Read more “A wedding at Cana”


“With all power and signs and lying wonders” 2 Thessalonians 2:

“You don’t hear about indulgences anymore, at least not in Catholic circles. If it could be said that at one time they were over emphasized, it’s surely true that … Read more “Indulgences”

The Family in the Home

The home is where everything originates and is centred. Our children grow up within it and we live most of our lives there. The family home is the hub of our mortal existence. It matters not whether the family home … Read more “The Family in the Home”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(1:1)


John says that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(1:1). He continues in verse 14 and identifies “the Word” as Jesus, “ And the Word was made flesh, and … Read more ““In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”(1:1)”

The Arch of Titus in Colour

The Arch of Titus is well known to most of us as the monument in the city of Rome commemorating the subjugation of Judea in 70 AD. What may not be so well known is that the relief sculptures that … Read more “The Arch of Titus in Colour”

An Astonishment and a Byword – Everything old is new again

“Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (Deuteronomy 28:37)

The French have a saying that translates (roughly) as “the more things change the more they stay the same.” … Read more “An Astonishment and a Byword – Everything old is new again”

“… The Same Commit Thou To Faithful Men”

“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others
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“Hast thou considered my servant Job…”

For a man famous for his patience, it was far from  his defining characteristic. In fact Job could be quite impatient. Rather, there were two other qualities he  possessed above all else. Faith and … Read more “Job”

Jesus is Lord

SEVEN weeks after Jesus had been crucified the apostles’ labours began. For a week they had waited in Jerusalem for the fulfilment of “the promise of the Father”, of which Jesus had spoken to them. They then received power when … Read more “Jesus is Lord”

Your Attitude

Your attitude, more than your aptitude will determine your altitude. This short pithy saying means that you attitude is more important than how talented you are when it comes to being able to fly high, that is, be successful, in … Read more “Your Attitude”

The Foundation of Morality

In Elpis Israel, Brother Thomas wrote, “Wrong consists not in any particular act of which we are capable; but in that act being contrary to the letter and spirit of the divine testimony: in other words, right is the doing … Read more “The Foundation of Morality”

Gethsemane: “Thy Will be Done”

To appreciate what our Lord has done for us we shall consider the stress he had to endure as ‘his hour’ drew near. A servant or slave is one who does the will of his master, one at the disposal … Read more “Gethsemane: “Thy Will be Done””

Caring for One Another – Leviticus 19

Leviticus 19 contains a repetition of various laws showing how everyday life in Israel  should be regulated by these precepts. They are expressions of Yahweh’s virtuous character. Each  of these directives is “signed off ” with a statement of supreme … Read more “Caring for One Another – Leviticus 19”