The God Who Speaks

THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

Monthly series of reflections exploring a passage of scripture from St Matthew's Gospel. 

LETTERS FROM LOCKDOWN: Seminarians Joseph Meigh and Stuart Ford

Philippians is very short – only 4 pages long – but is known as one of St Paul’s most joy-filled letters. Perhaps especially it might help us find joy in our current situation of lockdown, because Paul was writing it from his prison cell – so it shows us how that deepest kind of joy wells up from our relationship with Christ which is within us, whatever our external circumstances.

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Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.  

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on this painting by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’.

During Lent we walk a path of reflection and preparation for 40 days before celebrating the Risen Christ at Easter.

The miracle of the Resurrection was too much for St Thomas who needed to put his finger into the pierced side of Jesus before he would truly believe.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on this very theme in front of a huge painting by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano called ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’

DAILY MEDITATIONS ON THE PSALMS

In this beautiful series of the psalms, Fr. Tristan Cranfield of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton reads each one in turn

Drawing on his extensive scriptural knowledge, and profound love of art, Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. offers us a reflection for Palm Sunday.

Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John

As we enter the heart of Lent, Fr Denis McBride offers us four talks based on the three key gospel stories of John, which lie at the core of the Lenten story in Year A. They are especially pertinent  for those people who are preparing to be baptised at Easter.

Fr. Denis begins with an introduction and then speaks at greater length on ‘The Woman at the Well’, ‘The Man Born Blind’ and ‘The Raising of Lazarus’.

As ever, Fr. Denis, a Redemptorist Priest and Writer offers a deep insight into the gospels which is refreshing and relevant to us all. In this year of ‘The God who Speaks’, it is good to engage more deeply with the message he offers us from these three great stories of discipleship, illumination and new life.

The Infancy Narratives of St. Matthew’s Gospel: Fr. Nicholas King SJ

IN THIS ‘YEAR OF THE WORD’ (THE GOD WHO SPEAKS) WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE TIME TO REFLECT UPON THE WORD OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE. IN PARTICULAR THIS YEAR WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSIDER IN MORE DEPTH THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Since the beginning of Advent we have been hearing St. Matthew’s version of the Christmas story. It gives us a different perspective from St. Luke’s narrative.  Listening to those scriptures may have raised questions for us. Why do we need to know the genealogy of Jesus? Who are these women mentioned within it? Why are dreams so important in the scriptures? What do these narratives have to say to us today?

Fr. Nicholas King a Jesuit priest from Oxford and well-known scripture scholar offers us three talks which can help us to explore these very first chapters of Matthew’s Gospel.