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Sept 04 2007 22nd Week Ordinary Time – Tuesday
The readings on this site are not official for the Roman Catholic Church, but are from sources free from copyright. They are here to present the comparable readings alongside traditional Catholic commentary as published in the Haydock Bible.
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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Haydock NT
1 But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not that we should write to you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, peace and security, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: 5 For all you are the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do: but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they who sleep, sleep in the night: and they who are drunk, are drunk in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation: 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us: that whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort one another: and edify one another, as you also do.
Haydock Commentary 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
- Ver. 1. Of the times and moments. That is, of the day of judgment, of the end of the world, of the destruction of Jerusalem. It is enough to know the time is uncertain, and that death cometh as a thief in the night. Wi.—When the judgment shall take place the Angels themselves do not know. Perhaps S. Paul, when wrapt up to the third heaven, may have learnt something on this subject; for he was told many things which he could not announce to man; therefore, he says, I need not write to you: it is unnecessary for us to know it. Calmet.
- Ver. 4. Overtake you. It is a subject of astonishment, that some people are so childishly afraid of the last day, that they cannot think of it without consternation, lest it should happen in their time. Weak souls! Do they not recollect that death will certainly overtake them, and that will be to them individually the end of the world, and the last day. The whole world then does perish as far as regards them. A.
- Ver. 5. You are the children of light. That is, there is little danger of thieves in the day time, when it is light. Also watch, and have arms to defend you, the coat of mail of faith; the helmet of hope: you are under the protection of Christ, who died for you, and for your salvation. See S. Chrys. p. 293, &c. Wi.
- Ver. 8. The Christian’s panoply is not faith alone, but faith, hope and charity, as we see here.
- Ver. 10. Whether we wake or sleep. That is, whether we be of the number of those whom Jesus Christ shall find still upon earth, when he shall come to judgment, or among those who have slept and returned to dust, it is his will that we should be his. Theodoret.
Luke 4:31-37 Haydock NT
31 And he went down into Capharnaum, a city of Galilee, and there he taught them on the Sabbath-days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had an unclean devil, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying : “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy one of God.”
35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hold thy peace, and go out of him.” And when the devil had thrown him into the midst, he went out of him, and hurt him not at all. 36 And there came fear upon all, and they talked among themselves, saying: “What word is this: for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they go out?” 37 And the fame of him was published in every place in the country.
Haydock Commentary Luke 4:31-37
- Ver. 31. Although Christ was well acquainted with the obduracy of the Jews, nevertheless, like a good physician, he condescends to pay them another visit, and try what a fresh medicine might effect in this their last stage, as it were, of existence. He publicly preaches therefore in the synagogue, according as Isaias had declared of him, and struck amazement into every heart. The Jews themselves considered him as something very extraordinary; as one of the prophets, or ancient saints. But Christ, that they might conceive a higher opinion of his person, does not make use of the expressions they did, but speaks as Lord and Master of the law. S. Cyril.