Daily Bible Readings Wednesday September 30 2009 26th Week in Ordinary Time

September 30 2009 Wednesday Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Jerome

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Nehemiah 2:1-8
Douay-Rheims Challoner

nehemiah-pleads-with-kingAnd it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king: that wine was before him, and I took up the wine, and gave it to the king: and I was as one languishing away before his face. And the king said to me:

Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou dost not appear to be sick? this is not without cause, but some evil, I know not what, is in thy heart. And I was seized with an exceeding great fear:

And I said to the king:

O king, live for ever: why should not my countenance be sorrowful, seeing the city of the place of the sepulchres of my fathers is desolate, and the gates thereof are burnt with fire?

Then the king said to me:

For what dost thou make request?

And I prayed to the God of heaven, And I said to the king:

If it seem good to the king, and if thy servant hath found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldst send me into Judea to the city of the sepulchre of my father, and I will build it.

And the king said to me, and the queen that sat by him:

For how long shall thy journey be, and when wilt thou return?

And it pleased the king, and he sent me: and I fixed him a time. And I said to the king:

If it seem good to the king, let him give me letters to the governors of the country beyond the river, that they convey me over, till I come into Judea: And a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, to give me timber that I may cover the gates of the tower of the house, and the walls of the city, and the house that I shall enter into.

And the king gave me according to the good hand of my God with me.

Responsorial Psalm 136:1-6 (Ps 137 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept:
when we remembered Sion:
On the willows in the midst thereof
we hung up our instruments.
For there they that led us into captivity
required of us the words of songs.
And they that carried us away, said:
Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.
How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee:
If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 9:57-62
Haydock New Testament

The Man at the PloughAnd it came to pass, as they walked in the way, that a certain man said to him:

I will follow thee withersoever thou goest.

Jesus said to him:

The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air, nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

But he said to another:

Follow me.  And he said: Lord, suffer me first to go, and to bury my father.

And Jesus said to him:

Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou, and preach the kingdom of God.

And another said:

I will follow thee, Lord: but let me first take my leave of them that are at my house.

Jesus said to him:

No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Haydock Commentary Nehemiah (2 Esdras) 2:1-8
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 1. Year. It seems the Persians began the year with Tizri, since both Casleu (the third) and Nisan (the seventh month of the civil year) fall on the twentieth of the king. — Wine. These kings drunk only that of Syria.  Strabo xv. — People of distinction were appointed cup-bearers; and even the children of kings did not esteem the office beneath them.  Herod. iii. 34.  Athen. x. 6.  Homer, &c.  C. — I was. Prot. “I had not been before-time sad in his presence.”  H. — Heb. lit. “I was not evil.”  Sept. “an enemy, or stranger.”  Arab. “disagreeable.”  Syr. “sorrowful.”  Sept. also, “there was not another (ouk hn eteroV) present,” C. v. 6.  S. Jerom seems not to have read the negation.  H.
  • Ver. 2. Is not. Heb. “nothing but sorrow of heart;” (Syr.  C.  Prot.) or rather, thou art meditating only treason.  Sept. “This is nothing but wickedness of heart,” (H.) which often shews itself on the countenance.  The king might suspect that he was giving him poison.  M. — Hence Nehemias feared, (C.) dreading such suspicions, (H.) and aware lest the company might frustrate his good design, as contrary to the interests of the crown.  T.
  • Ver. 3. Live; an usual salutation.  Dan. iii. 9. and v. 10.  So Ælian (var. i. 32.) says, “O king Artaxerxes, mayst thou reign for ever.” — Father, v. 5.  He knew that the Persians shewed great regard to the dead, (C.  T.) whose bodies they sometimes cover with wax, and keep in their house, (Cic. Tusc. i.  Alex. Genial iii. 2.) or inter.  Herod. i. 140.
  • Ver. 4. Heaven, a fervent ejaculation, in secret, (T.) to touch the king’s heart, (C.) and to enable me to speak in a proper manner.  M.
  • Ver. 6. And, &c.  In private the queen might dine with her husband, but not in public.  Est. i.  C. — Queen; probably Esther, if she were married to this king.  M. — But this is uncertain.  H. — Usher thinks it was Damaspia, mentioned by Ctesias.  C. — Time, when I should return.  Some king eight or ten years, and returned into Judea towards the end of the reign of Artaxerxes.  C. xiii. 6.  C. — He perhaps asked permission to visit Jerusalem for only a short period, at first, but his presence being deemed necessary, he was permitted to continue there as governor full twelve years.  M.
  • Ver. 7. Over; give me a guard, (H.) or accompany me to Jerusalem.  M.
  • Ver. 8. Forest. Heb. pordes, “paradise,” or garden planted with trees.  Pliny (v. 23.) mentions a “paradise,” in Cœlosyria.  Grot. — But Nehemias might petition to be supplied with cedars from Libanus, (T.) as they had been given for the temple.  1 Esd. iii. 7.  H. — Tower. Heb. bira, means also “a palace or temple.”  It may designate the porch of the temple, which was 120 cubits high; (2 Par. iii. 4.  C.) though that had been lately repaired by Esdras.  M. — Others think the doors of the courts are meant, as they were as strong as those of towers.  Vatab. — They were not yet finished.  C. x. 9.  Many believe that (C.) Nehemias speaks of the royal palace, which had been almost contiguous to the temple, (M.) where he intended to build one for himself, while he should reside in the city.  T. — But this might give umbrage to the king.  C. — He could not, however, intend his favourite to remain without a suitable palace; and the latter seems to have designed not only to repair that which Solomon had founded, but also to erect another house for the governor.  H. — Good hand; favour, (M.) and powerful aid.  H.

Haydock Commentary Luke 9:57-62

  • Ver. 57. Follow thee, &c.  Although the Sovereign Lord of all is most munificent, yet he does not lavish his gifts on all without distinction, but bestows them on the worthy only.  When, therefore, this man offered to follow Christ, he answers him by telling him, that all who follow him, must daily take up their cross, and renounce the conveniences of this life.  Thus he mentions what was reprehensible in his person.  There appears likewise great presumption in his conduct, as he did not petition to be admitted, as other Jews did, but seems to claim the honour of the apostleship; an honour which none must assume, but such as are called by God.  Heb. v.  S. Cyril in Divo Thoma.
  • Ver. 60. Bury their dead, &c.  Though this was an act of religion, yet it was not permitted him; that we may learn to prefer always the concerns of God to all human considerations.  S. Ambrose. — However necessary this might appear, however easy, however short the time which it would take up, might be, it is not permitted him.  Not the least delay can be allowed, although a thousand impediments stand in the way; for spiritual things must be preferred to things even the most necessary.  Chrys. hom. xxviii. on S. Matt.
  • Ver. 62. Putting his hand to the plough. A proverb and metaphor, to signify that nothing must hinder a man from God’s service.  Wi. — Christ seems here to allude to the call of Eliseus by Elias.  The former was at the plough, and the latter called him.  Immediately Eliseus quits his plough, runs with Elias’s permission to bid adieu to his father and mother, sacrifices two of his oxen, roasts them with the wood of the plough, and joins the company of the prophets.  Jesus Christ wishes that all who follow him, should in like manner think of nothing else.  Calmet.

Daily Bible Readings Tuesday September 29 2009 Feast of

saints michael gabriel raphaelSeptember 29 2009 Tuesday Feast of Sts Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael – archangels
Saint of the Day – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

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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Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Douay Rheims Challoner

The Ancient of Days William Blake
The Ancient of Days William Blake

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.
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.

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.

battle of angelsAnd 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.

Revelation 12:7-12ab
Haydock New Testament

And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his Angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil, and Satan who seduceth the whole world, and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 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. 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. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein.

Responsorial Psalm 137:1-5 (Ps 138 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart:
for thou hast heard the words of my mouth.
I will sing praise to thee in the sight of the angels:
I will worship towards thy holy temple,
and I will give glory to thy name.
For thy mercy, and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified thy holy name above all.
In what day soever I shall call upon thee, hear me:
thou shalt multiply strength in my soul.
May all the kings of the earth give glory to thee:
for they have heard all the words of thy mouth.
And let them sing in the ways of the Lord:
for great is the glory of the Lord.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 1:47-51
Haydock New Testament

Jacobs Ladder Michael_Lukas_Leopold_WillmannJesus saw Nathanael coming to him: and he saith of him;

Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.

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.

Nathanael answered him, and said:

Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the king of Israel.

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.

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 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • 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 cognizance of all, and punishes accordingly.  C.
  • 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. 13. Heaven. Christ appeared 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.

Haydock Commentary Revelation 12:7-12ab

  • 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.

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.

Daily Bible Readings Monday September 28 2009 26th Week in Ordinary Time

September 28 2009 Monday Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Wenceslaus

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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Zechariah 8:1-8
Douay-Rheims Challoner

And the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying:

Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I have been jealous for Sion with a great jealousy, and with a great indignation have I been jealous for her.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I am returned to Sion, and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called The city of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, The sanctified mountain.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem: and every man with his staff in his hand through multitude of days. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls, playing in the streets thereof.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: If it seem hard in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days: shall it be hard in my eyes, saith the Lord of hosts?
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will save my people from the land of the east, and from the land of the going down of the sun. And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God in truth and in justice.

Responsorial Psalm 101:16-21, 29 and 22-23 (Ps 102 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

All the Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord,
and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
For the Lord hath built up Sion:
and he shall be seen in his glory.
He hath had regard to the prayer of the humble:
and he hath not despised their petition.
Let these things be written unto another generation:
and the people that shall be created shall praise the Lord:
Because he hath looked forth from his high sanctuary:
from heaven the Lord hath looked upon the earth.
That he might hear the groans of them that are in fetters:
that he might release the children of the slain:
The children of thy servants shall continue
and their seed shall be directed for ever.
That they may declare the name of the Lord in Sion:
and his praise in Jerusalem;
When the people assemble together,
and kings, to serve the Lord.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 9:46-50
Haydock New Testament

Jesus and the Little ChildAnd there entered a thought into them, which of them should be greater. But Jesus seeing the thoughts of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, And said to them:

Whosoever shall receive this child in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth him that sent me.  For he that is the least among you all, he is the greatest.

And John answering, said:

Master, we saw a one casting out devils in thy name, and we forbade him, because he followeth not with us.

And Jesus said to him:

Forbid him not: for he that is not against you, is for you.

Haydock Commentary Zechariah 8:1-8
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 2. Jealous for her, treating her as a spouse, (C.) and not neglecting her as one incorrigible.  H.
  • Ver. 3. Truth. Idols and infidelity shall reign there no more.  The Jews were more faithful after the captivity.  But the Church of Christ is alone perfectly chaste.  C.
  • Ver. 6. Days. If no prospect of such happiness now appear, is any thing difficult to Omnipotence?  H.  Lu. i. 37.
  • Ver. 7. Sun, from Chaldea and the islands.  This chiefly regards the Christian Church.  C. — Assyria and Chaldea lay to the north.  The promises are too great for the synagogue.  W.
  • Ver. 8. Justice. I will fulfil my promises, if they adhere to virtue.  C.

Haydock Commentary Luke 9:46-50

  • Ver. 46. And there entered a thought, &c. It is improbable that all the disciples had fallen into this fault: but the evangelist, that he might not point out any in particular as guilty of it, says indiscriminately, that this thought had entered among them.  S. Cyril. ex D. Thom.
  • Ver. 49. We forbade him. S. John having the most love for his Lord, and being particularly beloved by him, thought all were to be excluded from these gifts, who were not obedient to his divine Master.  S. Aug. — But we must remember, that not the minister is the author of these miracles, but the grace which is in him, who performs these wonders by virtue of the power of Christ.  S. Cyril. — How wonderful is the power of Christ, who by his grace works miracles in the persons of the unworthy, and those that are not disciples; as men are sanctified by the priest, though the priest should not be in the state of grace!  Theophylact.
  • Ver. 50. Forbid him not. Our Lord is not moved by this event, to teach us that perfect virtue entertains no thoughts of revenge, and that anger cannot be found where the fulness of charity reigns.  The weak must not be driven away, but assisted.  Let the breast of the religious man be ever unmoved by passion, and the mind of the generous undisturbed by desires of revenge.  S. Ambrose.


Apologies to all. It’s early evening on Sunday and I realized that I forgot to do Sunday’s readings. I’ve been a bit distracted, and I thought they were done on Wednesday as usual, but I forgot then too. 

Sunday Bible Readings September 27 2009 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 27 2009 Twenty Sixth Sunday in 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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Numbers 11:25-29
Douay-Rheims Challoner

And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, taking away of the spirit that was in Moses, and giving to the seventy men. And when the spirit had rested on them they prophesied, nor did they cease afterwards. Now there remained in the camp two of the men, of whom one was called Eldad, and the other Medad, upon whom the spirit rested; for they also had been enrolled, but were not gone forth to the tabernacle. And when they prophesied in the camp, there ran a young man, and told Moses, saying:

Eldad and Medad prophesy in the camp.

Forthwith Josue the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, and chosen out of many, said:

My lord Moses forbid them.

But he said:

Why hast thou emulation for me? O that all the people might prophesy, and that the Lord would give them his spirit!

Responsorial Psalm 18:8, 10, 12-14 (Ps 19 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls:
the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones.
The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true, justified in themselves.
For thy servant keepeth them, and in keeping them there is a great reward.
Who can understand sins? from my secret ones cleanse me, O Lord:
And from those of others spare thy servant.
If they shall have no dominion over me, then shall I be without spot:
and I shall be cleansed from the greatest sin.

James 5:1-6
Haydock New Testament

Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries, that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is rusted: and the rust of them shall be for a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire.  You have stored up to yourselves wrath against the last days. Behold the hire of the labourers, who have reaped your fields, of which you have defrauded them, crieth out: and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have feasted upon earth, and in luxuries you have nourished your hearts in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and put to death the just one, and he resisted you not.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
Haydock New Testament

Jesus and the Little ChildBut Jesus said:

Do not forbid him: For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name, that can soon speak ill of me. For he that is not against you, is for you. For whosoever shall give you to drink a cup of water in my name, because you belong to Christ, Amen, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

And whosoever shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a mill-stone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than, having two hands, to go into hell, into unquenchable fire: And if thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off; it is better for thee to enter lame into life everlasting, than having two feet, to be cast into the hell of unquenchable fire: And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee, with one eye, to enter into the kingdom of God; than, having two eyes, to be cast into the hell of fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished. For every one shall be salted with fire: and every victim shall be salted with salt.

Haydock Commentary Numbers 11:25-29
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 25. Afterwards. Some give a contrary meaning to the Heb., with the Sept., Syr., &c.: “They prophesied, (on that occasion) but they did not continue” to do so; except when they were favoured with the influence of the spirit.  When it was requisite, they were enabled to declare God’s will and his praise to the people.  C. — Saul is said to have prophesied when he praised God, 1 K. x. 5. 10.  M.
  • Ver. 26. Forth, being lawfully hindered, (C.) or out of humility.  S. Jer.  ep. 127.
  • Ver. 27. Man. The Rabbins say, without proof, that he was Gersom, the son of Moses, and that the two prophets were half-brothers of the lawgiver, and foretold his death and the persecutions of Gog, &c.  C. — Hermas (11. 2.) refers to some of their predictions: “The Lord is nigh to those who are converts.”  See Ps. xxxiii. 19.  H. — But they prophesied probably, by announcing only, as men inspired, the praises of God and sentiments of piety, without diving into futurity.  C. — Theodoret (q. 21) thinks they were not of the 70 judges, but equal in dignity to them.  Cotelier.
  • Ver. 28. Chosen among the seventy, and designed, from his youth, to be the general, and successor of Moses; the Heb. may be understood in all these senses.  See Ex. xvii. 10.  C. — Josue was afraid lest they had assumed this air of authority in opposition to Moses.  S. John addressed our Saviour, under the same impressions of zeal, Luc. ix. 49.

Haydock Commentary James 5:1-6

  • Ver. 1-6. Go now rich men, &c.  In the first six verses, he gives admonitions to those among the Christians who were rich, not to rely on riches, nor value themselves on this account.  You must look upon your riches and treasures as if they were already putrefied and corrupted, your gold and silver eaten and consumed with rust: and their rust shall rise in testimony and judgment against you, for not making better use of them.  As your coin is eaten with rust, so shall your bodies be hereafter as it were eaten and consumed by fire.  You heap up to yourselves a treasure in the day of wrath, while through covetousness, and hard heartedness, you defraud labourers of their hire, living at the same time in feasting and luxury, as in the day of slaughter. That is, feasting as men are accustomed to do, on the days when victims are slaughtered, offered, and eaten with great rejoicing.  Others expound it, as if you were feeding, and making yourselves fit sacrifices and victims for God’s anger and indignation.  Wi. — You have feasted, &c.  The Greek is, “you have lived in delicacies and debaucheries, and have feasted upon your hearts as for the day of sacrifice:” Etrufhsate, kai espatalhsate eJreyate taV kardiaV umwn wV en hmera sfaghV.  That is, you have fattened yourselves with good cheer and sensual pleasures, like victims prepared for a solemn sacrifice.  C. — Others among you have unjustly oppressed, accused, and brought to condemnation the just one, by which seems to be understood just and innocent men, who are divers times deprived of their fortunes, and even of their lives, by the unjust contrivances of powerful wicked men.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary Mark 9:38-48

  • Ver. 40. Here we may find that no one, however poor, can be excused from good works; since there is no one who is not able to give at least a cup of cold water; and we are assured that he will not lose his reward.  Nic. de Lyra.
  • Ver. 43. Where their worm dieth not. These words are taken out of Isaias lxvi. 24; and are to be expounded of the punishments, and fruitless repentance of the wicked in the next world.  Wi.
  • Ver. 48. [2]For every one shall be salted with fire. The sense seems to be, that every wicked unrepenting sinner (of whom it was before said, that their worm dieth not) shall be severely and continually punished, though not consumed by the fire of hell. — And every victim shall be salted with salt; that is, even good men shall be cleansed and purified by trials and sufferings in this world, as some victims were to be salted by the law.  Lev. ii. 13.  Wi.
  • Ver. 49. Become unsavoury; i.e. if he, who has once received the faith, should apostatize from it, what is there that can possibly convert him from his wicked ways? since even the salt, with which he was salted, is become unsavoury, i.e. the doctrines he formerly received are no longer of any use.  Nic. de Lyra.

Daily Bible Readings Saturday September 26 2009 25th Week in Ordinary Time

September 26 2009 Saturday Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – Sts. Cosmas and Damian

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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Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a (2:1-5, 10-11)
Douay-Rheims Challoner

And I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold a man, with a measuring line in his hand. And I said: Whither goest thou? and he said to me: To measure Jerusalem, and to see how great is the breadth thereof, and how great the length thereof. And behold the angel that spoke in me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him. And he said to him: Run, speak to this young man, saying: Jerusalem shall be inhabited without walls, by reason of the multitude of men, and of the beasts in the midst thereof. And I will be to it, saith the Lord, a wall of fire round about: and I will be in glory in the midst thereof.

Sing praise, and rejoice, O daughter of Sion: for behold I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee: saith the Lord. And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and they shall be my people, and I will dwell in the midst of thee:

Responsorial Psalm Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13
DR Challoner Text Only

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations,
and declare it in the islands that are afar off, and say:
He that scattered Israel will gather him:
and he will keep him as the shepherd doth his flock.
For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
and delivered him out of the hand of one that was mightier than he.
And they shall come, and shall give praise in mount Sion:
and they shall flow together to the good things of the Lord
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,
the young men and old men together:
and I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them,
and make them joyful after their sorrow.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 9:43b-45
Haydock New Testament

And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and cured the boy, and restored him to his father. And all were astonished at the mighty power of God: but while they all wondered at all the things he did, he said to his disciples:

Lay you up in your hearts these words: for it shall come to pass, that the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

But they understood not this word, and it was hid from them, so that they perceived it not.  And they were afraid to ask him concerning this word.

Haydock Commentary Zacharias 2:1-5, 10-11
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 3. Another. The angel who measured spoke to Michael.  C.
  • Ver. 4. Walls. This must be understood of the spiritual Jerusalem, the Church of Christ.  Ch. — According to S. Aug. (in Ps. lxxi.) when the literal sense cannot be verified, we must have recourse to the thing prefigured; and thus what is here written, must be explained of the Church rather than of Jerusalem.  W. — A little before the fall of the latter, it was become so populous that the houses which had been built without the walls were enclosed.  Jos. Bel. vi. 6. — this multitude was a sort of pledge or figure of the crowds which should embrace the gospel.
  • Ver. 5. Fire, to enlighten and protect it.  Arms will be unnecessary.  Mic. v. 10.  Is. ii. 4.  The Church shall enjoy peace.
  • Ver. 11. Nations. We know of none who embrace the Jewish law.  But both the old and the new world submits to Christ. — Dwell. S. Michael represents the Messias.  The latter preached and wrought miracles among the Jews, which rendered them inexcusable.  John xv. 24.  C.

Haydock Commentary Luke 9:43-45

  • Ver. 45. They understood not this word. They understood well enough what was meant by being delivered into the hands of his enemies, and being put to death; but they could not comprehend how Jesus Christ, whom they knew to be the Messias, and the Son of God, and whom they believed to be immortal, and eternal, could suffer death, or affronts and outrages from men.  These ideas seemed incompatible; they perceived in them some mystery, which they could not penetrate.  Calmet.