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Sept 15 2007 Saturday 23rd Week Ordinary Time.
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1 Timothy 1:15-17 Haydock/Troy NT
15 A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation: that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief. 16 But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus might shew forth all patience, for the information of those who shall believe in him unto life everlasting. 17 Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Haydock Commentary 1 Timothy 1:15-17
· Ver. 15. Christ Jesus, the true Son of God, came into this world to save sinners, of whom (says S. Paul) I am the chief, the first, the greatest. Wi.
John 19:25-27 Haydock NT
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother, and the disciple standing, whom he loved, he saith to his mother; “Woman, Behold thy son.” 27 After that, he saith to the disciple; “Behold thy mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own.
Haydock Commentary John 19:25-27
· Ver. 25. There stood by the cross … his mother. And so near to him, that from the cross he both spoke to her, and also to S. John. Wi.
· Ver. 26. Though there were other holy women standing by the cross, he takes notice of none but his mother, teaching us, by this, what we owe to our parents. For although it is our duty to disown them, when they place obstacles in our way to salvation; yet when they do not thus impede us, we owe every thing to them, and must prefer them to all. S. Chrys. hom. lxxxxiv. In Joan.—We learn also here, what should be our respect and confidence in this Virgin Mother, so highly honoured by her divine Son.
· Ver. 27. The disciple took her to his own home, or into his own care, not for his mother, by the Greek expression. See. S. Chrys. and S. Aug. Wi.
Luke 2:33-35 Haydock NT
33 And his father and mother were wondering at these things which were spoken concerning him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother: Behold, this child is set for the ruin, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted. 35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.
Haydock Commentary Luke 2:33-35
· Ver. 33. In the Greek, Joseph and the mother of Jesus. V.
· Ver. 34. Is set for the ruin. Christ came for the redemption and salvation of all men: but Simeon prophesies what would happen in consequences of the willful blindness and obstinacy of many. Wi.—Not that God sent his Son for the fall of any man; but that many, by their own perverseness, in wilfully refusing to receive and obey him, would take occasion of falling. Ch.—And for a sign which shall be contradicted, to signify that Christ, and his doctrine, should be as it were a mark, or butt, against whom the Jews should discharge the arrows and darts of their malice. Wi.—Hence S. Paul, (2. Cor. ii. 16.) We are to one the odour of death unto death, but to the other the odour of life unto life.
· Ver. 35. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce. These words, which figuratively express the grief of the blessed Virgin mother, when present at the death of her Son, are to be taken by way of a parenthesis.—That out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed, and these are to be joined with what went before; to wit, that child shall be a sign of contradiction, set unto the fall and resurrection of many, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed and disclosed; when some shall believe, and others remain in their obstinacy. Wi.—Bede, and most others, understand this of the sharp sorrow, which wounded the soul of the blessed Virgin Mary, at the time of Christ’s passion. Barradius.—Carthusianus and Jansenius explain this passage as follows: Behold, this child is placed for a sign that shall be contradicted, which as a sword of most poignant grief will pierce thy soul, O Virgin! But Christ shall be contradicted, that the thoughts of the Jews may be revealed from many hearts, and it may appear who among them are good, and who are wicked and hypocrites. Barradius.