Daily Bible Readings Thursday July 31 2008 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest

July 31 2008 Thursday Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest
Saint of the Day – St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Jeremiah 18:1-6
DR Challoner

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:

Arise, and go down into the potter’s house, and there thou shalt hear my words.

And I went down into the potter’s house, and behold he was doing a work on the wheel. And the vessel was broken which he was making of clay with his hands: and turning he made another vessel, as it seemed good in his eyes to make it.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Cannot I do with you, as this potter, O house of Israel, saith the Lord? behold as clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm 145:2-6 (Ps 146:1b-6ab NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
in my life I will praise the Lord:
I will sing to my God as long as I shall be.
Put not your trust in princes:
In the children of men,
in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth:
in that day all their thoughts shall perish.
Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper,
whose hope is in the Lord his God:
Who made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all things that are in them.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:47-53
Haydock New Testament

Jesus said:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Have ye understood all these things?

They say to him:

Yea.

He said unto them:

Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a master of a house, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed from thence.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 18:1-6
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 2. Potter’s. Thus God would shew his dominion over all. Rom. ix. 21.
  • Ver. 3. Wheel. Heb. “stones.” Sept. “seats;” or “wheel.” Chal. Ex. i. 16. See Eccle. xxxviii. 32. C.
  • Ver. 4. Broken. So Providence ordered it. S. Jer. — How should this idea humble man! C. — A potter may mould afresh the clay as long as it is soft, but God can change the hardest heart. W.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:47-53

  • Ver. 52. Every scribe; i.e. master or teacher. Wi. Because you know how invaluable is the treasure, the pearl, the kingdom, here mentioned; you, who are scribes and teachers, should cultivate it yourselves, and communicate the same blessing to others. Thus imitating a father of a family, who draws from his treasure both new and old things, and distributes them to his children, according to their several wants and necessities. This was a proverbial expression with the Jews, to signify every thing useful or necessary for the provision of a family. Jer. Aug. Chrys. Bede, and Tirinus. Thus also a pastor of souls throws light upon the mysteries of the New Testament, by the figures of the Old, and explains the workings of grace, by the operations of nature.

Daily Bible Readings Wednesday July 30 17th Week of Ordinary Time

July 30 2008 Wednesday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Peter Chrysologus

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Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
DR Challoner

Woe is me, my mother: why hast thou borne me a man of strife, a man of contention to all the earth? I have not lent on usury, neither hath any man lent to me on usury: yet all curse me.

Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was to me a joy and gladness of my heart: for thy name is called upon me, O Lord God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of jesters, nor did I make a boast of the presence of thy hand: I sat alone, because thou hast filled me with threats. Why is my sorrow become perpetual, and my wound desperate so as to refuse to be healed? it is become to me as the falsehood of deceitful waters that cannot be trusted.

Therefore thus saith the Lord:

If thou wilt be converted, I will convert thee, and thou shalt stand before my face; and thou wilt separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: they shall be turned to thee, and thou shalt not be turned to them. And I will make thee to this people as a strong wall of brass: and they shall fight against thee, and shall not prevail: for I am with thee to save thee, and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the mighty.

Responsorial Psalm 58:2-4, 10-11, 17-18 (Ps 59 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
and defend me from them that rise up against me.
Deliver me from them that work iniquity,
and save me from bloody men.
For behold they have caught my soul:
the mighty have rushed in upon me:
I will keep my strength to thee:
for thou art my protector:
My God, his mercy shall prevent me.
But I will sing thy strength:
and will extol thy mercy in the morning.
For thou art become my support,
and my refuge, in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my helper, will I sing,
for thou art God my defence:
my God my mercy.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:44-46
Haydock New Testament

Jesus said:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy therefore goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 15:10, 16-21
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Ver. 10. Strife. Jeremias was under continual persecution, (M.) yet ceased not to reprimand the wicked. H. — Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit. Cic. — Usury. Such people are exposed to contention. M.

Ver. 16. Eat them. I received them most cordially, (Ezec. iii. 1. H.) as one who is hungry. — Upon me. I was recognized as the prophet of the Lord.

Ver. 17. Jesters, who deride religion, (Ps. i. 1.) or sport away their time. C. — Hand, through vanity. Lit. and I boast of.” H. — I rejoiced in suffering, as this prophet. Many (C.) supply nor from the former part of the sentence. M. — Threats. I could not refrain from admonishing the people of their ways, (H.) which I would not countenance by my presence. C. — All indeed kept at a distance from me.

Ver. 18. Trusted. It is not cured as soon as might be expected. H. — It continually breaks out again, (M.) like a bog not properly drained. H. — Heb. “Thou art become,” &c. Chal. “break not thy promise, as,” &c. Do not reject me when I stand most in need of redress. C. — My hopes seem (H.) vain. W.

Ver. 19. Converted, and cease to fear the people; (C.) and confide in my precious words, (H.) despising the vile threats of the people. M. — Mouth; interpreter. Ex. iv. 16. Chal. “If thou wilt recall the wicked into the way of justice, though shalt fulfill my will.” See S. Jer. in Ps. cv. 32. — To thee. Thus Sedecias and the people acted, C. xxi. 1. and xlii. 2. C. — The prophet must not give way to sinners, but hey must be reclaimed. W.

Ver. 21. Mighty; Chaldees. Providence watched over Jeremias, amid all his enemies. C.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:44-46

Ver. 44. Like unto a treasure. This hidden treasure is the gospel of Christ, which conducts to the kingdom of heaven. Thus he who by the knowledge which the gospel affords, has found the kingdom of heaven, should purchase it at the expense of every thing most near and dear to him: he cannot pay to great a price for his purchase.

Ver. 46. This eternal kingdom faith opens to your view, but it does not put you in possession without good works. V.

Daily Bible Readings Tuesday July 29 2008 Memorial of Saint Martha

July 29 2008 Tuesday Memorial of Saint Martha
Saint of the Day – St. Martha

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Jeremiah 14:17-22
DR Challoner

And thou shalt speak this word to them:

Let my eyes shed down tears night and day, and let them not cease, because the virgin daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction, with an exceeding grievous evil. If I go forth into the fields, behold the slain with the sword: and if I enter into the city, behold them that are consumed with famine. The prophet also and the priest are gone into a land which they knew not.

Hast thou utterly cast away Juda, or hath thy soul abhorred Sion? why then hast thou struck us, so that there is no healing for us? we have looked for peace, and there is no good: and for the time of healing, and behold trouble. We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, the iniquities of our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. Give us not to be a reproach, for thy name’s sake, and do not disgrace in us the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the graven things of the Gentiles that can send rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou the Lord our God, whom we have looked for? for thou hast made all these things.

Responsorial Psalm 78:8-9, 11 and 13 (Ps 79 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

Remember not our former iniquities:
let thy mercies speedily prevent us,
for we are become exceeding poor.
Help us, O God, our saviour:
and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us:
and forgive us our sins for thy name’s sake:
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before thee.
According to the greatness of thy arm,
take possession of the children of them
that have been put to death.
But we thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture,
will give thanks to thee for ever.
We will shew forth thy praise,
unto generation and generation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 11:19-27
Haydock New Testament
There is an alternative reading below

And many of the Jews were come to Martha, and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Martha, therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus was come, went to meet him: but Mary sat at home. Martha therefore said to Jesus:

Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died: But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

Jesus saith to her;

Thy brother shall rise again.

Martha saith to him;

I know that he shall rise again, in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said to her;

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live: And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this?

She saith to him;

Yea, Lord, I have believed that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.

Alternate
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 10:38-42
Haydock New Testament

Now it came to pass as they went, that he entered into a certain town: and a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her house: And she had a sister, called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord’s feet, heard his word. But Martha was busy about much serving: who stood, and said:

Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? speak to her, therefore, that she help me.

And the Lord answering, said to her:

Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled by many things. But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 14:17-22
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  • Ver. 17. My. Sept. “your eyes.” Jeremias shews by his tears the future misery. C. — Virgin. Though many were sinners, the Church had some just souls. W.
  • Ver. 18. Famine. Under Jechonias many were slain, and the chiefs carried into captivity. 4 K. xxiv. 12. — Into. Heb. “through the land, and are ignorant.” Chal. “they apply to their business, to earthly concerns, and care not.” C. v. 31.
  • Ver. 21. Glory; heaven, the temple or Jerusalem. How will infidels blaspheme!
  • Ver. 22. Rain. Let not the people have recourse to idols, (C.) in despair. H.

Haydock Commentary John 11:19-27

  • Ver. 21. If thou hast been here. These words shew that the faith of the two sisters was but weak; as if the Son of God was not everywhere: or as if he could not restore him to life when dead and buried. Wi. Martha believed in Christ, but not as she ought to have done. She did not yet believe him to be God, but addressed him as one who is remarkable for virtue, and approved of by heaven. S. Chrys. hom. 61. in Joan.
  • Ver. 23. Thy brother shall rise again. Martha took notice that Christ did not express, whether immediately, or at the general resurrection, which she and the Jews generally believed. Wi.
  • Ver. 25. I am the resurrection, and the life. That is, the author of both. Wi. I am the resurrection, I am he who will at the last day raise him up; I can, therefore, if I will, raise him up now also. S. Aust.
  • Ver. 27. Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. Martha breaks out into an act of perfect faith. See C. i. v. 49. Wi.

Haydock Commentary Luke 10:38-42

  • Ver. 40. Calvin here ridicules the professors of evangelical poverty, because they gather from this place that there are two states of life, viz. the active and the contemplative, figured by Martha and Mary. But what will he answer, when he is informed, that this is the opinion not merely of monks, but even of a S. Austin, (Serm. xxvii, De verbis Domini,) of a S. Jerom, (Com. 3 cap. of Jeremiah,) of a S. Greg. and many others? Not that they were ignorant that there was another more natural explanation; but they were of opinion that nothing could be found more proper for the illustration of these different states of life. Maldonatus.
  • Ver. 42. One thing is necessary. Some think that Christ’s meaning was, that Martha was preparing many dishes, when one was sufficient. But others, that this one thing necessary, was to learn, and comply with the will of God; which Mary was employed about. Wi.

Daily Bible Readings Monday July 28 2008 17th Week of Ordinary Time

July 28 2008 Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Leopold Mandic

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Jeremiah 13:1-11
DR Challoner

Thus saith the Lord to me:

Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and thou shalt put it about thy loins, and shalt not put it into water.

And I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it about my loins. And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying:

Take the girdle which thou hast got, which is about thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

And I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me. And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said to me:

Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from thence the girdle, which I commanded thee to hide there.

And I went to the Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle out of the place where I had hid it and behold the girdle was rotten, so that it was fit for no use. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Thus saith the Lord: After this manner will I make the pride of Juda, and the great pride of Jerusalem to rot. This wicked people, that will not hear my words, and that walk in the perverseness of their heart, and have gone after strange gods to serve them, and to adore them: and they shall be as this girdle ,which is fit for no use. For as the girdle sticketh close to the loins of a man, so have I brought close to me all the house of Israel, and all the house of Juda, saith the Lord: that they might be my people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

Deuteronomy 32:18-21
DR Challoner

Thou hast forsaken the God that begot thee,
and hast forgotten the Lord that created thee.
The Lord saw, and was moved to wrath:
because his own sons and daughters provoked him.
And he said: I will hide my face from them,
and will consider what their last end shall be:
for it is a perverse generation, and unfaithful children.
They have provoked me with that which was no god,
and have angered me with their vanities:
and I will provoke them with that which is no people,
and will vex them with a foolish nation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:31-35
Haydock New Testament

Another parable he proposed to them, saying:

The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown up, it is greater than any herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof.

Another parable he spoke to them:

The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them. That the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.

Haydock Commentary Jeremiah 13:1-11
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 1. Girdle, usually worn by women. S. Jer. Ex. xxviii. 42. — It denoted the Jews, who became more corrupt during the captivity; (v. 7. 11.) so that God delivered them out of his pure mercy. Thus He explains this prophetical action. C. — Loins. God cherished his people. M. — Water. He made choice of them when they were rough and deformed. S. Jer. — Their sins cause their ruin. H.
  • Ver. 4. Euphrates, above 150 leagues distant. Some think this was only to be done in spirit: but it is generally supposed that the prophet made this long journey twice. Bochart suggests that Euphrates (Heb. Peratha) may be put for Ephrata, or Bethlehem, as the first syllable is often cut off. C. — Yet a journey to the Euphrates would represent more strikingly the destination of the people; and it would not be difficult for God to convey Jeremias thither in a short time, if requisite, as he sent Habacuc through the air to carry a dinner to Daniel; (xiv. 32.) though this supposition is not here necessary, as the labour to which Jeremias was repeatedly exposed, might shew the people their manifold transgressions and captivities. H. — Such prophetic actions make a deeper impression than words. Heb. i. The ingratitude of the people is here described, to C. xxi. W.
  • Ver. 9. Rot. I will bring them low. M. — They shall see that all their dependance must be on the divine mercy.
  • Ver. 11. Glory; that they might serve me for the edification of the world.

Haydock Commentary Deuteronomy 32:18-21

  • Ver. 18. Created. Sept. “gave thee food.” Heb. “of the rock that begat thee, thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee, (H.) or praises thee,” the source of thy felicity. C. — Calvin (Instit. i. 11. 9,) to insinuate that Catholics adore pictures, as the Israelites did the golden calf, pretends that they could not have forgotten that God delivered them out of Egypt. Thus he contradicts the Scriptures! W.
  • Ver. 19. Daughters. The women of Israel, who were not less addicted to idolatry than the men. H.
  • Ver. 20. From them. The Jews themselves acknowledged, in the siege of Jerusalem, that God had abandoned and given up to destruction his once beloved people. Joseph. Bel. vii. 8. C. — Consider, or look on their utter ruin with indifference, or rather with complacency. H. — I will laugh at your destruction. Prov. i. 16. C. — God loves without seeing any preceding merit in his creatures, but he never abandons them till they have first proved unfaithful. W.
  • Ver. 21. Vanities. Sept. “idols.” H. — Nation. The Gentiles were of this description, when they were called to the true faith. This excited the indignation of the Jews, as they would neither enter heaven themselves, nor suffer others to obtain that happiness. Rom. i. 19. Theod. q. 41. “An association bound together by law, constitutes a nation. A multitude which has no laws, or bad ones, is unworthy of the name.” Grot. — The Jews looked upon all others with sovereign contempt. C. — Now, in their turn, they are despised. W.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:31-35

  • Ver. 32. The least of all seeds. That is, it is one of the least seeds; but in hot countries it is observed to grow to a considerable height, and to become a bush or a little tree. Wi. The gospel of Christ, compared in this verse to the grain of mustard seed, has indeed little show of grandeur and human greatness. S. Paul calls it a scandal to the Jew, and a stumbling block to the Gentile. But Jesus Christ here assures us, that when it has been spread and promulgated by his ambassadors, viz. the apostles, it shall surpass every other mode of instruction both in fame and extent. S. Amb. S. Jer. S. Aug.
  • Ver. 33. In three measures. Sata, the word here used, was a particular Hebrew measure, which corresponds not to any particular measure that we make use of, and therefore I have put measures, as it is in other English translations. See Walton de Ponderibus & mensuris, before his first tome. p. 42. Wi. It was the Seah of the Jews, the third part of the Epha, and contained about ten pints, and appears to be the ordinary quantity they baked at a time. V. By the woman here mentioned, S. Jerom understands the Church gathered from all nations; or the power and wisdom of God, according to S. Augustine.
  • Ver. 35. By the prophet. It is taken from Psalm lxxvii. 2. S. Jerom remarks that many copies have, Isaias, the prophet, but supposes that the evangelist wrote, Asaph, the prophet, to whom the title of this psalm seems to attribute it; but it was probably chanted by Asaph, and composed by David, who is simply characterized under the name of prophet, because he prophesied in composing his canticles. V.

Sunday Bible Readings July 27 2008 17th Sunday Ordinary Time

July 27 2008 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

About the sources used. The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, 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 for your own personal study. Readings vary depending on your local calendar.

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1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 (3 Kings Vulgate/Douay-Rheims)
DR Challoner

And the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, saying:

Ask what thou wilt that I should give thee.

Solomon responded:

And now, O Lord God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David, my father: and I am but a child, and know not how to go out and come in; And thy servant is in the midst of the people which thou hast chosen, an immense people, which cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil. For who shall be able to judge this people, thy people, which is so numerous?

And the word was pleasing to the Lord, that Solomon had asked such a thing. And the Lord said to Solomon:

Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life nor riches, nor the lives of thy enemies, but hast asked for thyself wisdom to discern judgment; Behold I have done for thee according to thy words, and have given thee a wise and understanding heart, in so much that there hath been no one like thee before thee, nor shall arise after thee.

Responsorial Psalm 118:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 (Ps 119 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

O Lord, my portion, I have said,
I would keep thy law.
The law of thy mouth is good to me,
above thousands of gold and silver.
O! let thy mercy be for my comfort,
according to thy word unto thy servant.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live:
for thy law is my meditation.
Therefore have I loved thy commandments
above gold and the topaz.
Therefore was I directed to all thy commandments:
I have hated all wicked ways.
Thy testimonies are wonderful:
therefore my soul hath sought them.
The declaration of thy words giveth light:
and giveth understanding to little ones.

Romans 8:28-30
Haydock New Testament

And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as according to his purpose are called to be saints. For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the first-born amongst many brethren. And whom he predestinated, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:44-52
Haydock New Testament

Jesus said:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy therefore goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.

So shall it be at the end of the world, the angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have ye understood all these things?

They say to him:

Yea.

He said unto them:

Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a master of a house, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.

Haydock Commentary 3 Kings 3:5, 7-12
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 5. In a prophetic dream, or ecstasy. His mind had been so filled with the desire of wisdom, that the same thoughts recurred to him while he slept; and, as he had entertained them voluntarily before, he acquired fresh merit even during that time; as a man, who indulges sensual affections, becomes responsible for the accidents of the night. S. Tho. 1. 2. q. 113. a. 2. and 2. 2. 9. 154. a. 5. S. Aug. de Gen. ad lit. xii. 15. C.
  • Ver. 7. In. So as to judge with discretion, and to lead my people. C.
  • Ver. 9. Understanding. Lit. “docile.” H. — Heb. “willing to hear,” and to obey God. M.
  • Ver. 12. After thee. Solomon has given us some idea of his wisdom in the works which he has left. They were dictated by the Holy Spirit, who adorned his soul with so many graces. C. iv. 29. 30. H. — His knowledge of nature, and of the art of governing, excelled that of any of the kings of Israel; (Lyran, &c. 2 Paral. ix.) though Moses and the apostles had a more comprehensive knowledge of the mysteries of God. C. — Yet, even granting that no mere man might come up to him, Jesus Christ, in whom the treasures of wisdom were contained, was far superior. H. — General propositions are often to be understood with a limitation. M.

Haydock Commentary Romans 8:28-30

  • Ver. 28. To them that love God, all things work together unto good. All trials, temptations, afflictions, must be taken as coming from the hand of God, who ordains or permits them for the greater good of his elect. For the good of those, who, according to his purpose[5] are called the saints. Lit. according to purpose: but it seems certain that to translate his purpose, is only to give the literal sense, if we compare this place with other texts, both in the Greek and Latin, where the same words signify according to God’s good will, or his eternal decree, and not according to the purpose, or will of men, as some expound it. Wi.
  • Ver. 29. For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son, in suffering with Christ, in following his doctrine, in imitating his life. This foreknowledge of God, according to S. Augustin,[6] is not merely a foreseeing of what men will do by the assistance and graces of God’s ordinary providence, much less a foreseeing of what they will do by their own natural strength, as the Pelagian heretics pretended: but is a foreknowledge including an act of the divine will, and of his love towards his elect servants; (as to know in the Scriptures, when applied to God, is many times the same as to approve and love) God therefore hat foreseen or predestinated, or decreed that these elect, by the help of his special graces, and by the co-operation of their free-will, should be conformable to the image of his Son, that so his Son, even as man, might be the first-born, the chief, and the head of all that shall be saved. Wi. God hath preordained that all his elect shall be conformable to the image of his Son. We must not here offer to dive into the secrets of God’s eternal election: only firmly believe that all our good, in time and eternity, flows originally from God’s free goodness; and all our evil from man’s free will. Ch.
  • Ver. 30. And whom he predestinated, them he also called to the true faith and to his service, without any deserts in them, nay, when all mankind were guilty of eternal death, by original sin. And whom he called, them he also justified, by faith, by hope, by a love of him, and a true penance. And whom he justified, them he also glorified. That is, hath decreed to glory. Yet not all who have been justified, but only his elect, who are under his special protection, and to whom he grants a perseverance in his grace to the end: so that the call to faith, their sanctification, their final perseverance, and glorification in heaven, are the effects of their free election and predestination. Wi.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:44-52

  • Ver. 44. Like unto a treasure. This hidden treasure is the gospel of Christ, which conducts to the kingdom of heaven. Thus he who by the knowledge which the gospel affords, has found the kingdom of heaven, should purchase it at the expense of every thing most near and dear to him: he cannot pay to great a price for his purchase.
  • Ver. 46. This eternal kingdom faith opens to your view, but it does not put you in possession without good works. V.
  • Ver. 52. Every scribe; i.e. master or teacher. Wi. Because you know how invaluable is the treasure, the pearl, the kingdom, here mentioned; you, who are scribes and teachers, should cultivate it yourselves, and communicate the same blessing to others. Thus imitating a father of a family, who draws from his treasure both new and old things, and distributes them to his children, according to their several wants and necessities. This was a proverbial expression with the Jews, to signify every thing useful or necessary for the provision of a family. Jer. Aug. Chrys. Bede, and Tirinus. Thus also a pastor of souls throws light upon the mysteries of the New Testament, by the figures of the Old, and explains the workings of grace, by the operations of nature.

Daily Bible Readings Saturday July 26 2008 Memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26 2008 Saturday Memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne,
parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint of the Day – Sts. Joachim and Anne

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Jeremiah 7:1-11
DR Challoner

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:

Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord, and proclaim there this word, and say: Hear ye the word of the Lord, all ye men of Juda, that enter in at these gates, to adore the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Make your ways and your doings good: and I will dwell with you in this place. Trust not in lying words, saying: The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord. For if you will order well your ways, and your doings: if you will execute judgment between a man and his neighbour, If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and walk not after strange gods to your own hurt, I will dwell with you in this place: in the land, which I gave to your fathers from the beginning and for evermore.

Behold you put your trust in lying words, which shall not profit you: To steal, to murder, to commit adultery, to swear falsely, to offer to Baalim, and to go after strange gods, which you know not. And you have come, and stood before me in this house, in which my name is called upon, and have said: We are delivered, because we have done all these abominations. Is this house then, in which my name hath been called upon, in your eyes become a den of robbers? I, I am he: I have seen it, saith the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 83:3-6a and 8a, 11 (Ps 84 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.
For the sparrow hath found herself a house,
and the turtle a nest for herself
where she may lay her young ones:
Thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, O Lord:
they shall praise thee for ever and ever.
Blessed is the man whose help is from thee
For the lawgiver shall give a blessing,
they shall go from virtue to virtue
For better is one day in thy courts above thousands.
I have chosen to be an abject in the house of my God,
rather than to dwell in the tabernacles of sinners.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:24-30
Haydock New Testament

Another parable he proposed to them, saying:

The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field. But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat, and went his way. And when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

Then the servants of the master of the house came and said to him: Master, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it cockle?

And he said to them: An enemy hath done this.

And the servants said to him: Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?

And he said: No, lest perhaps while ye gather up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it. Let both grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but gather the wheat into my barn.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 7:1-11
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 2. Gate, before all the people. This discourse ends C. xiii. C.
  • Ver. 3. Dwell. Heb. “make you dwell here.” H.
  • Ver. 4. Lord. The triple repetition shews the vain confidence of the people, who blindly imagined that the temple would screen them, (C.) and that external sacrifices would suffice. But they were rejected with the temple. W.
  • Ver. 7. Dwell. Heb. and Sept. as v. 3. H.
  • Ver. 9. Not, which have done you no good, and deserve not to be styled gods. C.
  • Ver. 10. Because. Hebrew also, “although,” (Sa. Grot.) “to perform,” (Chal. Mont.) or “by doing.” God must surely approve of our conduct, since we are unmolested. S. Tho. Lyr. — But the Vulg. seems preferable, and the people attribute their success to idols. C. xliv. 17. and 2 Par. xxviii. 23.
  • Ver. 11. Robbers. Our Saviour alludes to this. Mat. xxi. 13. — Seen. Think not to hide yourselves, as in a den. My temple shall not be an asylum for wretches. C.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:24-30

  • Ver. 24. Another parable he proposed. As in the preceding parable our Lord spoke of those who did not receive the word, so in this he speaks of those who receive the corrupted word; for it is a diabolical machination to confound error with truth. S. Chrys. ex D. Tho. There are three things worthy of observation in this parable. 1st. That the Church of God on earth consists of both good and bad; the 2d. that God is not the author of evil; the 3d. that God does not always punish the wicked on the spot, but patiently bears with them. M.
  • Ver. 25. Were asleep. When the superiors or pastors of the Church were lulled asleep or negligent, or, when the apostles were dead, as S. Augustine expounds it, the devil spread the tares or error and sin amongst a great number of Christians. These falling from the state of grace, or becoming heretics, are yet mingled with the rest of the faithful in the same outward profession of Christianity, not unlike the good corn and cockle in the same field.
  • Ver. 27. Then the servants. S. Chrysostom observes, there are many circumstances in the parables that have no connexion with the instruction designed to be conveyed in the parables, and which are merely added to connect the different parts together.
  • Ver. 29. No, lest, &c. The prayers of repenting sinners are never despised. We are taught also by this example not to cut off too hastily a fallen brother; for, whatever he may be to-day, to-morrow perhaps he may see his error and embrace the truth. S. Jerom. Jesus Christ exhorts us to bear with infidels and heretics, not on our own account only, as wicked men are frequently of use to the virtuous, but also on their account; for sometimes the persons who have been corrupted and perverted, will return to the paths of virtue and truth. Let, therefore, both grow until the harvest, i.e. to the day of judgment, when the power of rectifying another’s error shall be no more. S. Aug. ex D. Tho. When many are implicated in one misfortune, what remains but to bewail their condition. Let us then be willing to correct our brethren to the utmost of our power, but let it be always with mercy, charity and compassion; what we cannot correct, let us bear with patience, permitting what God permits, and interceding with him to move and convert their hearts. But when an opportunity offers, let us publicly advocate the truth, and condemn error. S. Jer. S. Augustine affirms, that no one should be compelled by force to an unity of religious tenets: such as dissent for us must be persuaded by words, overcome by argumentation, and convinced by reason. S. Thos. Aquin.

Daily Bible Readings Friday July 25 2008 Feast of Saint James, Apostle

July 25 2008 Friday Feast of Saint James, Apostle
Saint of the Day – St. James the Greater

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2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Haydock New Testament

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels: that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us. In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed: we are straitened, but are not destitute: We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken: we are cast down, but we perish not: Always bearing about in our body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies. For we who live, are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake: That the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I have believed, therefore I have spoken: we also believe, and therefore we speak: Knowing that he who raised up Jesus, will raise us up also with Jesus, and place us with you. For all things are for your sakes: that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving to the glory of God.

Responsorial Psalm 125 (Ps 126 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion,
we became like men comforted.
Then was our mouth filled with gladness;
and our tongue with joy.
Then shall they say among the Gentiles:
The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us:
we are become joyful.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord,
as a stream in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Going they went and wept,
casting their seeds.
But coming they shall come with joyfulness,
carrying their sheaves.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 20:20-28
Haydock New Testament

Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping and asking something of him. And he said to her:

What wilt thou?

She saith to him:

Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom.

But Jesus answering, said:

You know not what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I shall drink?

They say to him:

We can.

He saith to them:

My chalice indeed you shall not drink: but to sit on my right or left hand, is not mine to give you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.

And the ten hearing it, were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them to him, and said:

You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them: and they that are greater, exercise power upon them. It shall not be so among you; but whosoever will be the greater among you, let him be your minister: And he who would be the first among you, shall be your servant. Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.

Haydock Commentary 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
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  • Ver. 8. We are straitened.[2] This, by the Greek, seems the sense of the Latin word, which is taken to signify, one perplexed, and in a doubt. See Jo. xiii. 22. Acts xxv. 20. Gal. iv. 20. Wi.
  • Ver. 10. That the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies, when we suffer, and undertake voluntary sufferings for his sake. Wi.
  • Ver. 12. Death worketh in us, when we are under persecutions, and dangers of death, and life in you, who live in ease and plenty. Wi. The preaching of the gospel, which we undertake in such a disinterested manner, and which exposes us to so many dangers, is the case of death to us, but procures you all kinds of advantages. You tranquilly enjoy the fruit of our labour, though we do not envy you this happiness, because we hope one day to enjoy the reward of our labours. Calmet.
  • Ver. 13. We also believe, &c. That is, we have the like faith as David, when he spoke in that manner; we hope and believe, God will deliver us, or at least raise us up from the dead with Jesus. Wi.
  • Ver. 15. &c. For all things, that we suffer, are for your sakes, that many may be brought to give thanks, and to praise God for eternity. This encourages us not to fail, nor faint in the cause of God, under these momentary and light tribulations, which mark in us above measure, an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. See the Greek text. Wi.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 20:20-28

  • Ver. 20. Then came to him. Upon Christ’s informing his apostles that he should die and rise again, they conceived that he would immediately reign in Jerusalem with great glory and power; and it was this made the mother of the sons of Zebedee petition that they might take precedence, and be honoured by the other apostles. But Christ answers them that they knew not what they asked, for honours were to be bestowed not on relationship, but on merit: in like manner, the dignities of the Church are not to be conferred upon relatives, but upon the worthy. Nic. de Lyran. On comparing the 27th chapter of S. Mat. with the 15th of S. Mark, it will appear that she was the same as Salome. In S. Mark x. 35, we find that the sons themselves made this petition: both the sons and their mother might make it; at least the sons may be said to have done what they got their mother to desire for them; and therefore Christ directed his answer to them: you know not what you ask. You think, says S. Chrys. of temporal preferments, of honours, and crowns, when you should be preparing yourselves for conflicts and battles. Wi. Our Lord suffers these occasional weaknesses in his apostles, that he might, from his instructions and corrections, render his doctrines more intelligible to them and to posterity. S. Jer.
  • Ver. 22. The chalice. It is a metaphor signifying Christ’s sufferings and death. See Psal. x. 7. and lxxiv. 9. Isai. li. 17. The apostles replied, we can drink thy cup. Their answer shewed their readiness, but want of humility. Wi.
  • Ver. 23. Of my chalice indeed you shall drink. S. James was the first apostle that suffered martyrdom at Jerusalem. Acts xii. 2. And S. John at Rome was put into a cauldron of boiling oil, and banished into Patmos. Is not mine to give you.[1] The Arians objected these words against Christ’s divinity. S. Aug. answers that the words are true if taken of Christ, as he was man. The easier answer is, that it was not his to give to them, while they were in those dispositions of pride and ambition. So that the distinction made, is not betwixt the Father and his eternal Son, as if the Father could give what the Son could not, but betwixt persons worthy, and not worthy of such a favour. It is true the word you, is now wanting in the Greek MSS. and must have been wanting in some of them in the fourth, or at least the fifth century, since we find them not in S. Chrysostom. S. Aug. also in one place omits it, but sometimes lays great stress upon it; Christ’s meaning being no more, than that heaven was not his to give them; that is, to the proud, &c. S. Amb. reads it; and what is still of greater weight, S. Jerom hath it in the text of the New Testament, which he corrected from the best Greek MSS. Wi. In your present state there is no exception of persons with God; for, whosoever is worthy of heaven, shall receive it as the reward of his merits. Therefore Christ answers them, it is not mine to bestow the kingdom of heaven upon you, because you are not yet deserving, on account of your pride in seeking to have yourselves preferred before my other apostles. But be ye humble, and heaven is prepared for you, as well as for all others, who are properly disposed. Nic. de Lyra. Greatness in the next life will be proportioned to humility in this.
  • Ver. 24. The ten . . . were moved with indignation against the two brothers, who had petitioned for the first and chief places. Wi. The disciples understood from our Lord’s answer, that the request came in the first instance from the two disciples; but as they saw them much honoured by Christ, they did not dare openly to accuse them. S. Chry. The other ten apostles were as much wrong in their anger and jealousy as the former two were in their untimely petition. In his answer to both, we cannot sufficiently admire the wonderful meekness of our blessed Saviour’s character. Jansenius.
  • Ver. 25. Princes of the Gentiles lord it over them: tyrannize over those that are under them, by arbitrary and violent proceedings. Wi. Our Lord wishing to extinguish the indignation conceived against the two brothers, lays before them the difference of secular and ecclesiastical princes, shewing that precedency in the Church is neither to be sought for by him who is not possessed of it, nor too eagerly loved by him who has it; for secular princes are lords of their subjects, keeping them under subjection, and govern them in every particular according to their will; but ecclesiastical princes are honoured with precedency, that they may be servants of their inferiors, administer to them whatever they have received from Christ, neglect their own convenience for the good of their neighbour, and be willing even to die for the spiritual good of their subjects. It is neither just nor reasonable, therefore, to desire precedency in the Church, without these qualifications. No prudent man is willing to subject himself to such servitude and danger, as to take upon himself the obligation of having to give an account of the wickedness and perversity of others, unless fearless of the divine judgments, he abuse his ecclesiastical superiority. S. Chrys.
  • Ver. 28. A redemption for many; i.e. for all, as it is sometimes the style of the Scriptures. See S. Paul, 1 Tim. ii. 6. Wi. Certain Puritans pretend from this part of holy Scripture, that all superiority is forbidden; but it is merely pride, ambition, and haughtiness, not superiority, that is here proscribed. Jesus Christ himself, as Son of man, was their and our Superior, Lord, and Master, notwithstanding his humility. B. For the divine appointment of both civil and ecclesiastical government, see Rom. xiii. 2. and 1 Cor. xii. 28. Heb. c. xiii. 7, 17.