October 31 2008 Friday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Wolfgang of Regensburg
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Haydock New Testament
PAUL and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ: to all the saint in Christ Jesus, who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons. Grace be unto you, and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God, in every remembrance of you, Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel of Christ, from the first day until now.
Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all: because I have you in my heart: and that in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy. For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding. That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ, Being filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Responsorial Psalm 110:1-6
DR Challoner Text Only
I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
in the council of the just, and in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord:
sought out according to all his wills.
His work is praise and magnificence:
and his justice continueth for ever and ever.
He hath made a remembrance of his wonderful works,
being a merciful and gracious Lord:
He hath given food to them that fear him.
He will be mindful for ever of his covenant:
He will shew forth to his people the power of his works.
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 14:1-6
Haydock New Testament
AND it came to pass, when Jesus went into the house of a certain chief of the Pharisees, on the sabbath-day, to eat bread, and they were watching him. And behold there was a certain man before him, who had the dropsy. And Jesus answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying:
Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath-day?
But they held their peace. But he, taking him, healed him, and sent him away. And answering them, he said:
Which of you, whose ass or his ox shall fall into a pit, and he will not immediately draw him out, on the sabbath-day?
And they could not answer him to these things.
Haydock Commentary Philippians 1:1-11
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 1. With the bishops and deacons. By bishops many understand those who were only priests; for the name of priests, at that time, was common to those who were by their ordination priests or bishops, though the order as well as the functions were different. S. Chrys. also takes notice, that the name of deacon then signified any minister of Christ. S. Paul also might mean the bishops, or priests and deacons, not only of Philippi, but also of the adjacent places. Wi.
- Ver. 5. For your fellowship. This word is divers times used by S. Paul for a contribution of charitable alms, which it may also signify in this place; though others expound it of their being made partakers of the graces of Christ, by the gospel. Wi.
- Ver. 7. In the defence, &c. being then a prisoner, waiting for his trial; and the defence he could make for himself, and the sentence of the judge. Wi.
- Ver. 9. That your charity, &c. It is worthy of remark, that S. Paul does not beg that the Philippians may enjoy temporal blessings, but that they may be rewarded with an increase of spiritual favours; (Cal.) and as he remarks in the succeeding verses, that they may be filled with the fruits of justice.
Haydock Commentary Luke 14:1-6
- Ver. 1. This was the Hebrew expression for taking a meal; their frugality probably suggested this method of expression, bread being the principal part of their repast. Calmet. — What a contrast here between the actions of the Pharisees and those of our Saviour! They watched all his actions, in order to have an opportunity of accusing him, and of putting him to death; whilst he, on the contrary, seeks after nothing but the salvation of his enemies’ souls. Tirin.
- Ver. 2. Our divine Saviour, regardless of the wicked designs which these Pharisees meditated to destroy him, cures the sick man, who did not dare to ask the favour of him, for fear of the Pharisees. He could only persuade himself to stand in his presence, hoping that Christ would at length cast a compassionate look upon him: who being well pleased with him, did not demand of him if he wished to be cured, but without demur proceeded to work this stupendous miracle in his behalf. S. Cyril. — In which Christ did not so much consider whether the action would give scandal to the Pharisees, as whether it would afford the sick man comfort; intimating, that we ought ever to disregard the raillery of the fools, and the scandal which men of this world may take at our actions, as often as they are for the honour of God, and the good of our neighbour. Theophy.
- Ver. 3. Is it lawful? Jesus knew their thoughts, and that they would blame him as a sabbath-breaker: yet he healed the man, and confounded them by the example and common practice of pulling an ass out of a pit on the sabbath-day. Wi.
- Ver. 5. By this example Christ convicts his adversaries, as guilty of sordid avarice, since, in delivering beasts from the danger of perishing on the sabbath-day, they consult only their own advantage, whilst he was only employed in an act of charity towards his neighbour; an action they seemed so warmly to condemn. Ven. Bede.