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Sept 29 2007 Saturday 25th Week Ordinary Time.
The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of 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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Daniel 7:9-14 (Officially Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14)
Douay-Rheims Challoner from SacredBible.org
9 I beheld till thrones were placed, and the ancient of days sat: his garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool: his throne like flames of fire: the wheels of it like a burning fire.
10 A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him: the judgment sat, and the books were opened.
11 I beheld, because of the voice of the great words which that horn spoke: and I saw that the beast was slain, and the body thereof was destroyed, and given to the fire to be burnt:
12 And that the power of the other beasts was taken away: and that times of life were appointed them for a time, and a time.
13 I beheld, therefore, in the vision of the night, and lo, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the ancient of days: and they presented him before him.
14 And he gave him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed.
Haydock Commentary Dn 7:9-14
- Ver. 9. Ancient. The son is born of the Father, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from both, yet all three are coeternal. W.—Hence the Father is sometimes painted in this manner, though he be a pure spirit. His throne resembled that seen by Ezechiel, C. i. H.—He takes congnizance* of all, and punishes accordingly. C. *note: as it appears in the text
- Ver. 10. Fire. Ps. xcvi. 3.—Thousands. Gr. implies one million and one hundred millions. M.—The angels are very numerous, particularly the highest, styled assistants. S. Tho. W.
- Ver. 11. Spoke. I wished to see how the king would be punished. He felt the hand of God as he was going to destroy all the Jews, when he pretended to repent. 1 Mac. vi. and 2 Mac. ix. 4. His successors could not much disturb the Jews. v. 13. C.
- Ver. 12. Time. Each of the four empires had its period assigned. That of Rome attracted the prophet’s attention most, and is mentioned first. M.
- Ver. 13. Heaven. Christ appears about sixty years after the subversion of the Syrian monarchy. Yet these expressions literally refer to his second coming. Mat. xxvi. 64. C.—He had the form of man, as he had the nature. M.—He is clearly predicted. By his power antichrist is overthrown. W.
- Ver. 14. Destroyed. The eternal dominion of Christ could not be expressed in stronger terms. He seems to allude to them, Mat. xxviii. 18. C.
Apocalypse 12:7-12ab (Revelation 12:7-12ab)
7 And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his Angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels: 8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And that great dragon was cast out, the old serpant, who is called the devil, and Satan who seduceth the whole world, and he was cast forth unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying:
Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.
12 Therefore rejoice, O ye heavens, and you that dwell therein. Wo to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.
Haydock Commentary Apocalypse 12:7-12
- Ver. 10-12. Now is come salvation … rejoice, O ye heavens. The blessed in heaven rejoice for the victories of the faithful on earth, and also for the reward and glory which would shortly be given them in heaven. Wi.—Wo to the earth, &c. Both Pastorini and Calmet refer this wo to the persecution of Dioclesian. The dragon, the devil, is more irritated than ever against the Christians; he therefore stimulates the pagans to exercise their utmost cruelty against them, knowing that a Christian emperor (Constantine) would in a short time extend the reign of Jesus Christ over the whole world.
Gospel According to John 1:47-51
Haydock New Testament
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him;
Behold and Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.
48 Nathanael said to him:
Whence knowest thou me?
Jesus answered, and said to him:
Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered him, and said:
Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the king of Israel.
50 Jesus answered, and said to him:
Because I said to thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see.
51 And he saith to him:
Amen, amen, I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the Angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Haydock Commentary John 1:47-51
- Ver. 50. Greater things than these. Greater miracles and proofs that I am the Messias, and the true Son of God. Wi.
- Ver. 51. You shall see the heaven open, &c. It is not certain when this was to be fulfilled: S. Chrysostom thinks at Christ’s ascension; others refer it to the day of judgment. Wi.