February 28 2010 Second Sunday of Lent
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Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
And he brought him forth abroad, and said to him:
Look up to heaven and number the stars if thou canst.
And he said to him:
So shall thy seed be.
Abram believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice. And he said to him:
I am the Lord who brought thee out from Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land, and that thou mightest possess it.
But he said:
Lord God, whereby may I know that I shall possess it?
And the Lord answered, and said:
Take me a cow of three years old, and a she-goat of three years. and a ram of three years, a turtle also, and a pigeon.
And he took all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid the two pieces of each one against the other: but the birds he divided not. And the fowls came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a great and darksome horror seized upon him. And when the sun was set, there arose a dark mist, and there appeared a smoking furnace, and a lamp of fire passing between those divisions. That day God made a covenant with Abram, saying:
To thy seed will I give this land, from the river to Egypt even to the great river Euphrates.
Responsorial Psalm 26:1, 7-9, 13-14 (Ps 27 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
Hear, O Lord, my voice, with which I have cried to thee: have mercy on me and hear me.
My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek.
Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant.
Be thou my helper, forsake me not; do not thou despise me, O God my Saviour.
I believe to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
Expect the Lord, do manfully, and let thy heart take courage, and wait thou for the Lord.
Haydock New Testament
But our conversation is in heaven: whence also we expect the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved, and most desired, my joy and my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, most beloved.
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 9:28b-36
Haydock New Testament
Jesus took Peter, and James, and John, and went up into a mountain to pray. And whilst he prayed, the appearance of his countenance was altered: and his raiment became white and glittering. And behold two men were talking with him. And they were Moses and Elias, Appearing in majesty: and they spoke of his decease, which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem.
But Peter, and they that were with him, were heavy with sleep. And awaking, they saw his majesty, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, that as they were departing from him, Peter saith to Jesus:
Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias:
not knowing what he said. And as he spoke these things, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they were afraid, when they entered into the cloud. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.
And whilst the voice was uttered, Jesus was found alone. And they held their peace, and told no man in those days any of these things which they had seen.
Haydock Commentary Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 6. Reputed by God, who cannot judge wrong; so that Abram increased in justice by this act of faith, believing that his wife, now advanced in years, would have a child; from whom others should spring, more numerous than the stars of heaven. H. — This faith was accompanied and followed by many other acts of virtue. S. Jam. ii. 22. W.
- Ver. 8. Whereby, &c. Thus the blessed Virgin asked, how shall this be done? Lu. i. 34. without the smallest degree of unbelief. Abram wished to know, by what signs he should be declared the lawful owner of the land. H.
- Ver. 9. Three years, when these animals have obtained a perfect age.
- Ver. 12. A deep sleep, or ecstasy, like that of Adam. G. ii. 21, wherein God revealed to him the oppression of his posterity in Egypt, which filled him with such horror (M.) as we experience when something frightful comes upon us suddenly in the dark. This darkness represents the dismal situation of Joseph, confined in a dungeon; and of the Hebrews condemned to hard labour, in making bricks, and obliged to hide their male children, for fear of their being discovered, and slain. Before these unhappy days commenced, the posterity of Abram were exposed to great oppression among the Chanaanites, nor could they in any sense be said to possess the land of promise, for above 400 years after this prophetic sleep. H.
- Ver. 17. A lamp, or symbol of the Divinity, passing, as Abram also did, between the divided beasts, to ratify the covenant. See Jer. xxxiv. 18.
- Ver. 18. Of Egypt, a branch of the Nile, not far from Pelusium. This was to be the southern limit, and the Euphrates the northern; the two other boundaries are given, Num. xxxiv. — Perhaps Solomon’s empire extended so far. At least, the Jews would have enjoyed these territories, if they had been faithful. M.
Haydock Commentary Philippians 3:20—4:1
Haydock Commentary Luke 9:28b-36
- Ver. 28. Mountain, &c. — Since Christ has ascended the mountain, both to pray and to be transfigured, all of us who hope for the fruit of his resurrection, and long to see the king in his glory, must dwell in heaven by our thoughts, and apply our minds to continual prayer. Ven. Bede.
- Ver. 30. And behold two men. Moses and Elias, by ministering to our Lord in his glory, shewed him to be the Lord of both the Old and New Testament. The disciples also, upon seeing the glory of their fellow-creatures, would be filled with admiration at the condescension of their divine Master; and considering the delights of future happiness, be stirred up to a holy emulation of those who had laboured before them, and be fortified in their ensuing conflicts; for nothing so much lightens the present labour, as the consideration of the future recompense. S. Cyril.
- Ver. 31. They spoke of his decease, or his departure out of this world. S. Peter useth the same Greek word for his death. 2 Pet. i. 15. Wi.
- Ver. 33. It is good for us. It is not good, O Peter, for Christ to remain always. Should he have remained there, the promise he had made thee would never have been fulfilled. Thou wouldst never have obtained the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and the reign of death would not have been destroyed. Seek not for joys before the time, as Adam sought to be made like God. The time will come, when thou shalt for eternity behold him, and reign with him who is life and light. Damasus Orat. de Transfigurat. Domini. — Three tabernacles. The Lord does appoint thee the builder, not of tabernacles, but of his whole Church. Thy disciples, thy sheep, have fulfilled thy desire, by erecting tabernacles for Christ and his faithful servants. These words of S. Peter, let us make, &c. were not spoken of himself, but by the prophetic inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Therefore it is added, he knew not what he said. Damasus, ut supra. — S. Peter knew not what he said, because by proposing to make three tabernacles for these three personages, he improperly ranked together, the servants and their Lord, the creature and the Creator. Titus Bostrensis.
- Ver. 35. And a voice, &c. This is the voice of the Father from the cloud, as if he should say, “I call him not one of my sons, but my true and natural Son, to the resemblance of whom all others are adopted. S. Cyril. — Not Elias, not Moses, but he whom you see alone, is my beloved Son. S. Ambrose. — Therefore, it is added: and when the voice was heard, Jesus was alone, lest any one should imagine these words, This is my beloved Son, were addressed to Moses or Elias.” Theophylact.