The New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is revealed in the New.
To try to understand Holy Scripture without understanding the Old Testament is a fool’s errand. The Hebrew Scriptures are necessary – if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be part of the cannon of the Bible.
And that goes both ways, by the way. Proper understanding of the Old Testament requires the New Testament. They go hand in hand. You can’t know one without the other. It is only in the New Testament that the Old Testament suddenly becomes clear.
The New Testament completes the Old Testament. Catholicism completes Judaism.
Adam & Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus obeyed God in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Dear Lord, help us to stay obedient to your will.
God breathed life into Adam and gave him an immortal soul.
Jesus breathed on the Apostles and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.
Dear Lord, Let us never forget that you gave us life, and only You can determine the length of it.
After God put Adam in a deep sleep he took a rib form his side, which became his bride, Eve.
Jesus’ side was opened with a lance when His bride the church sprang into being.
Dear Lord, never allow us to separate from you, our groom.
Abel one of the first children of Adam and Eve was the first Shepherd. He was killed by his brother Cain.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd; he was killed by us His brothers and sisters.
Dear Lord, help us to be always mindful of your ultimate sacrifice.
One of the first questions man asked God was, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Jesus answered that question when he said we should feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, visit the prisoner, and give drink to the thirsty, visit the sick. Help the least of his people.
Dear Lord, Help us to lovingly help the least of Your people.
Melchizedek, the King of Salem (peace) presented Abraham with bread and wine.
Jesus, the true King of Peace gives us His body and blood in the appearance of bread and wine when we take the Eucharist.
Dear Lord, let us always remember that You are our true King.
When the world was wicked and prideful Man tried to build a tower to heaven.
God confused them by giving them with different languages.
When the Church was born, and the Apostles submitted to God on Pentecost, the language barrier was removed, so they could spread the Gospel to all mankind.
Dear Lord, keep us humble when we are living our day to day lives.
Moses received the Ten Commandments on a mountain. Jesus gave us the beatitudes and the golden rule at the Sermon on the Mount.
Dear Lord, help us to stay obedient to your commandments.
The first ones to recognize Jesus as God were the three Magi. They were looking for the new king of the Jews to replace Herod. They gave gold to the baby Jesus to acknowledge his kingship, frankincense, which is used for God alone, and myrrh for burial.
Samuel went to Bethlehem to find the new king of the Jews, David, he was to replace Saul.
Dear Lord, help us to recognize our separated brothers.
King David wept on the Mountain of Olives:
Jesus wept on that same Mountain.
Dear Lord, Help us to remember that you are with us in time of troubles.
King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant which contained God’s words, the Ten Commandments.
St. John the Baptist leapt with joy in his mother’s womb when they were before The Blessed Virgin Mary, the new Ark of the Covenant which contains the word made flesh.
Dear Lord, Help us to be Joyful especially when we receive the Eucharist.
God told Noah that he would use water to wash away the sinful world.
Jesus instructed us all to be baptized, to wash us free from original sin. After the flood God used a dove to inform Noah that sins were washed away. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan to demonstrate what God wanted all Christians to undergo, a dove acknowledged that he is the Son of God.
Dear Lord, Help us to always live by our baptismal promise.
Abraham had his son Isaac carry wood up a hill to sacrifice him before God.
God Stopped Abraham, saying that he would provide the lamb. Jesus himself carried wood up a hill to be sacrificed by God His Father.
Dear Lord, Never let us forget that Your love is so great you sacrificed Your only Son for us.
During Passover meal we were to use a pure unblemished lamb. Jesus was pure without blemish. He is the ultimate Passover lamb.
Dear Lord, help us to try and live unblemished lives.
After Moses received the word of God on Mt. Sinai, his face was radiant.
When Jesus, who is the word made flesh, was at Mt. Tabor, he was transfigured and His whole body was radiant.
Dear Lord, let others see your radiant love shine forth in us.
– Deacon Michael Hopper, OFS