“We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” 1 John 1:1

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.

‘Today Jesus speaks those same words to you: “Take heart, I am here with you, allow me to enter and your life will change”. That is why the Lord gives you his word, so that you can receive it like a love letter…’ Pope Francis


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https://youtu.be/z9GpM0Od7H8 Cardinal Vincent Nichols Interview

Saint Matthew’s Gospel Day-by-day

During the season of Lent we are going to try to read as much of Matthews Gospel as we can, Matthews Gospel will feature in the Library on World Book Day.

Everyday Matthew

Fr Joseph O’Hanlon:

So you’ve not read St Matthew’s Gospel? Then how come you quote from it every day?

If you have ears to hear (11:15),

Not fit to carry his boots (Matthew 3:11)

The salt of the earth (Mt 5:13)

Go the extra mile (Mt 5:41)

Don’t let your left hand know what the right is doing (Mt 6:3)

You can’t serve two masters (Mt 6:24)

Here today, gone tomorrow (Mt 6:30)

Don’t cast pearls before swine (Mt 7:6)

The narrow gate (Mt 7:14)

Like wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt 7:15)

By their fruits you’ll know them (Mt 7:20)

A house built on sand (Mt 7:26)

Like sheep among wolves (Mt 10:16)

He who has ears to hear (Mt 11:15)

He who’s not with me is against me (Mt 12:30)

There’ll be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt 13:42)

Fr Joseph O’Hanlon is a retired priest of the Nottingham Diocese and former Director of the International Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury. His books include The Jesus Who Was, The Jesus Who Is, The Dance of the Merrymaker, Mark My Word, Beginning the Bible and Walk One Hour. Fr Joseph has a lifetime of experience teaching the Bible and a passion for communicating scholarship to adult Christians.

Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.  Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and show us how to live for one another.  Send us the Holy Spirit to our hearts and minds so that we may be witnesses throughout the world.  Amen