#4 Nazareth

Mary thought she’d have a quiet life When they return to Israel, Joseph after having another dream decides it is too risky to live in Jerusalem (where they had been living originally) and he takes the family up to Galilee. They settle in Nazareth where Joseph starts up a carpentry business. Mary thinks she’ll adaptContinue reading “#4 Nazareth”

#1 Story of Jesus from the four gospels combined

Authorship of the gospels The four gospels basically tell the same story, but a few discrepancies occur. For example, the genealogies for Jesus given in Matthew and Luke are not exactly the same. It turns out that this can be explained. Sometimes sequences of events are different – this is not a major problem sinceContinue reading “#1 Story of Jesus from the four gospels combined”

Let the mountains sing together for joy

Psalm 98:7-9Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.Continue reading “Let the mountains sing together for joy”

#13 The Virginity of Mary

The Marian Dogma of the perpetual virginity of Mary is not something well-accepted or understood today. The grace of God in Mary’s life has to be something of acceptance and not of understanding maybe.  The majority of people only embrace a life devoid of sexuality very late in life. For those close to God, asContinue reading “#13 The Virginity of Mary”

#12 Jesus and his brothers

It emerges how obscurity in Galilee was a wise option when Jesus started his ministry.  Jesus chose the time to go to Jerusalem publically when the time was right. Jesus, as the youngest of nine children, had quite a few problems with his immediate family as all of us do.  His older brothers were oftenContinue reading “#12 Jesus and his brothers”

#10 Conclusion: Who were the brothers and sisters of Jesus?

St Jerome thought that the brothers of Jesus were first cousins.  The Biblical texts do not indicate this since cousins have a separate set of parents of their own.  What is recounted is that Mary was always going round with the brothers of Jesus, in other words playing the role of mother towards them andContinue reading “#10 Conclusion: Who were the brothers and sisters of Jesus?”

#9 Who were the apostles and who were the brothers of Jesus?

Firstly, ‘Judas son of James’ is always distinguished from Judas Iscariot – this is understandable since Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus.  The gospels of Matthew and Mark call ‘Judas son of James’ by his nickname Thaddeus.  This is because the name Judas became tarnished by its association to betrayal.  The gospel writers do not want usContinue reading “#9 Who were the apostles and who were the brothers of Jesus?”