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Sept 11 2007 Tuesday 23rd Week Ordinary Time.
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6 As therefore you have received Jesus Christ, the Lord, walk ye in him. 7 Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man impose upon you by philosophy, and vain fallacy: according to the tradition of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead corporally: 10 And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power: 11 in whom also you are circumcised with a circumcision not made by hand in the despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead. 13 And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences: 14 Blotting out the hand-writing of the decree which was against us, which was contrary to us, and the same he took out of the way, fastening it to the cross: 15 And despoiling the principalities and powers, he made a shew of them confidently, triumphing openly over them in himself.
Haydock Commentary Colossians 2:6-15
· Ver. 7. Rooted and built up in him, who is the head of all, your Redeemer, and author of your salvation, not upon Angels. Wi.
· Ver. 8. Lest any man impose upon you.+ In the Greek, make a prey of you, as thieves that steal things.—There were two sorts of false teachers among them; they who mixed vain errors from heathen philosophy with the principles of the Christian religion, and they who had been Jews, and were for making them retain those rites and customs which the Jews had among them, and were only from their private human traditions. Wi. This alludes to the traditions and oservances which the Pharisees had added to the law of Moses, and which Christ had blamed; but which these false apostles wishe d to instroduce amongst the Colossians. The ceremonial laws were the elementary instructions given by God to the world, but we are to attach ourselves to the doctrines of Jesus Christ, from whom alone we expect light and justice, and sanctity. V.—According to the rudements of the world: by which some expound vain fallacies, and false maxims of the first kind of teachers; others the Jewish ceremonies, which are called weak and poor elements, or rudiments. Gal. iv. 9. This is neither to condemn in general the use of philosophy, which S. Augustine commends, and made use of, nor all traditions delivered by the apostles. See 1 Cor. xi. And 2. Thess. ii. 14. Wi.
· Ver. 9. For in him (in Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead (of the divinity) corporally.++ That is, in the person of Christ, the Son of God, really and substantially united to our human nature. Not inhabiting, as in a temple as the Nestorian heretics pretended, nor as by his grace in men’s souls, but so as to be personally or hypostatically united to the soul and body of Christ. Wi.
· Ver. 12. Buried with him in baptism, signified by the ceremony of immersion in baptism. See Rom. vi. 3. Wi.
· Ver. 14. Blotting out, &c. This is commonly expounded of the sentence of eternal death pronounced against sinful Adam, and all his posterity, for having sinned in him. Others would have it to signify only the yoke and obligations of the Mosaical law, which could not of itself remit sins, and occasionally made persons greater sinners. This sentence of death (whatever we understand the one or the other) Christ took away, fastening it as it were, to the cross, taking it away by his death on the cross. Wi.
· Ver. 15. And despoiling the principalities and powers; the devil and his infernal spirits. Wi.
12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and he passed the whole night in the prayer of God. 13 And when it was day, he called his disciples: and he chose twelve of them, (whom also he named apostles:) 14 Simon, whom he surnamed Peter, and Andrew, his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 15 Matthew and Thomas, James, the son of Alpheus, and Simon, who is called Zelotes: 16 And Jude, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, who was the traitor.
17 And coming down with them, he stood in an open plain, and the company of his disciples, and a very great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea-coast both of Tyre and Sidon, 18 Who had come to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases. And they that were troubled with unclean spirits, were cured. 19 And all the multitude sought to touch him, for virtue went out from him, and healed all.
Haydock Commentary Luke 6:12-19
- Ver. 13. These twelve Christ chose as individual companions and domestics. To these he committed the charge of founding and governing his Church. He sent them as legates, or ambassadors, (for this is the import of the word apostle) to all the world. Hence their power was more universal than that of bishops, which is confined to their own dioceses or districts. The jurisdiction of the apostles was not limited to place. Tirinus.—This power which Jesus Christ delegated to his apostles, and which was for the benefit and regulation of the universal Church in all future ages, the apostles, in their turn, delegated to their successors in the ministry, with such regulations and limitations as have been judged in the Holy Ghost necessary for the proper government of the spiritual kingdom of God upon earth. And it is the height of presumption to question any ordinations that come to us with the authority of the Catholic Church: for, “whatever the Church says, is true; whatever she permits is lawful; whatever she forbids, is evil; whatever she ordains, is holy; whatever she institutes, is good.” S. Augustine.—How futile then is the objection of Calvin, who pretends, that an apostle, being nothing but a legate, can make no laws, nor prescribe or teach any thing not expressed in his mandatum! Calv. Inst. l. iv. c. 8.
- Ver. 16. Judas, surnamed Thaddeus in S. Matt. x. 3. and in S. Mark iii. 18. At the head of his epistle he styles himself Judas, brother of James. V.
- Ver. 17. To a more extended and even part of the mountain, as we learn from comparing this text with S. Matt. V. 1. as it was from the mountain that Jesus Christ addressed to the people the following discourse. V.