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November 30 2007 Friday 34th Week Ordinary Time.
Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle
About the sources used. The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of the Roman Rite of the 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.
Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/113007.shtml – Note. The Official Liturgical readings may not match the current NAB you may have.
9 That if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For, with the heart, we believe unto justice: but with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him, shall not be confounded. 12 For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek; for the same is Lord over all, rich to all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? Or how shall they believe him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear, without a preacher? 15 And how can they preach, unless they be sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, of them that bring glad tidings of good things? 16 But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaiah saith: Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 Faith then cometh by hearing: and hearing by the word of Christ. 18 But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went forth over all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the whole world.
Responsorial Psalm – 19:8-11 Hebrew & 18:8-11 LXX/Latin
Text for study only. No Response or Commentary
8 The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.
9 The justices of the Lord are right, rejoicing hearts: the commandment of the Lord is lightsome, enlightening the eyes.
10 The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever: the judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.
11 More to be desired than gold and many precious stones: and sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.
The Gospel According to Saint Matthew 4:18-22
18 And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). 19 And he saith to them:
Come after me, and I will make you become fishers of men.
19 And they, immediately leaving their nets, followed him. 21 And going on from thence, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. 22 And they, immediately leaving their nets and father, followed him.
Haydock Commentary Romans 10:9-18
- Ver. 9. Thou shalt be saved. To confess the Lord Jesus, and to call upon the name of the Lord, (v. 13) is not barely the professing of a belief in the person of Christ: but moreover implies a belief of his whole doctrine, and an obedience to his law; without which the calling of him Lord will save no man. S. Matt. 7:21. Ch.—This passage must be understood like many others of this apostle, of a faith accompanied by a good-will ready to perform what faith says must be practiced; as it is required in this very place, that what we believe in the heart, we should confess with our mouth. Estius.
- Ver. 14. &c. Or how shall they believe, &c. He shews the necessity of preachers, and that all true preachers must be sent, and have their mission from God.—Who hath believed our report? Lit. our hearing? Some expound it thus: who hath believed the things we have heard from God, and which we have preached? The common interpretation is, who hath believed what he hath heard from us? Wi.
- Ver. 15. Unless they be sent. Here is an evident proof against all new teachers, who have all usurped to themselves the ministry, without any lawful mission, derived by succession from the apostles, to whom Christ said, (Jo. xx. 21.) As my Father hath sent me, I also send you. Ch.—The Almighty sends people to preach two different ways. The one is extraordinary by internal inspiration, as was that of the Baptist, and all the other prophets; in which case, however, extraordinary proofs must be given that they are sent by God; and the other is ordinary, which is derived from Christ, and from the apostles and their successors, whom he has appointed to be his vicegerents on earth. Estius.
- Ver. 18. But I say, have they not heard? He puts an objection, and by his answer shews the Jews are inexcusable in not believing, since the gospel has been preached all the world over, and in places where the Jews were, as it was foretold: and also because the Gentiles every where have believed; which even excites you Jews to jealousy against them, as Moses foretold: (Deut. 32:21) that is, when you now see, that the Gentiles, whom you despised so much by believing in Christ, have received the gifts of the Holy Ghost, of working miracles, of speaking tongues, of prophecy, &c. Wi. (note from Bob: This is said in light of the Bible text and not intended as a provocation by the commentator or by myself)
Haydock Commentary Matthew 4:18-22
- Ver. 18. Jesus wished not only to prove that the establishment of his religion was heavenly, but also to humble the pride of man; and therefore he did not choose orators and philosophers, but fishermen, says S. Jerome. Cyprian, the eloquent orator, was called to the priesthood; but before him was Peter, the fisherman. S. Chrys.—Jesus saw two brothers, &c. If we compare what is related by the evangelists, s to the time that S. Peter and S. Andrew became Christ’s disciples, we shall find Andrew, who had been a disciple of S. John Baptist, to have brought to Christ his brother Simon. Jo. i, v. 40. But at that time they staid not with him, so as to become his disciples, and to remain with him as they afterwards did, by quitting their boat, their nets, their fishing, and all they had in the world, which is here related; and by S. Mark, (c. i.) and by S. Luke, c. v. Wi.
- Ver. 19. Jesus Christ here makes an allusion to the prior occupation of his apostles. David, in his Psalms, makes similar allusions to his former occupation of shepherd: “He took him from the flocks of sheep, he brought him from following the ewes big with young, to feed Jacob, his servant, and Israel, his inheritance.” Ps. lxxvii. v. 70. M.
- Ver. 21. It was objected by the ancient enemies of Christianity, Porphyrius, Julian the apostate, and others, that Christ chose for his apostles simple and ignorant men, easy to be imposed upon, and not such as would have been on their guard against deception; thus converting that into an argument against the doctrine of Je4sus Christ, which of all other circumstances most solidly and forcibly establishes its divinity and authority. Salmeron, trac. 25.—If Christ had persuaded the ignorant apostles only, there might be some room for such an argument. But if these 12 ignorant men triumphed over the learning, the eloquence, the sophisms of the philosophers themselves, over the strong arm of power in the hands of tyrants, and finally over the devils and passions of men, which were the last to give up the combat against a doctrine that established itself on their ruin, then we may conclude, with S. Paul, that it was wisdom in God to choose the weak things of this world to confound the strong—the foolish and the things that are not, to confound those which are. A.