April 30 2010 Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Saint of the Day – St. Pius V
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The Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33
Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and whosoever among you fear God, to you the word of this salvation is sent. For they who inhabited Jerusalem, and the rulers thereof, not knowing him, nor the voices of the prophets, which are read every sabbath, judging him, have fulfilled them. And finding no cause of death in him, they petitioned of Pilate, that they might put him to death. And when they had fulfilled all things that were written of him, taking him down from the tree, they laid him in a sepulchre. But God raised him up from the dead the third day: who was seen for many days by those, Who went up together with him from Galilee to Jerusalem: who, to this present time, are witnesses of him to the people.
And we declare to you that the promise which was made to our fathers, This same hath God fulfilled to our children, raising up Jesus again, as in the second Psalm also is written: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
Responsorial Psalm 2:6-11ab
But I am appointed king by him over Sion, his holy mountain,
preaching his commandment.
The Lord hath said to me:
Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance,
and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron,
and shalt break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
And now, O ye kings, understand:
receive instruction, you that judge the earth.
Serve ye the Lord with fear:
and rejoice unto him with trembling.
The Gospel According to Saint John 14:1-6
LET not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: that I go to prepare a place for you: And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you: I will come again, and will take you to myself, that where I am, you also may be. And whither I go you know, and the way you know.
Thomas saith to him:
Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith to him:
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.
Haydock Commentary Acts 13:26-33
Notes copied from Haydock Commentary Site
- Ver. 33. He then shews them that Jesus was their Messias, and the Son of God, begotten of his Father from eternity, who rose from the dead, and he applies these words, (Ps. ii. 7.) to prove Christ’s resurrection, thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee. It is true, these words regard chiefly the eternal generation of Christ, as they are applied by S. Paul, (Heb. v. 5.) but the resurrection was a necessary consequence of his divinity, since death could have no power over him. S. Paul here also proves Christ’s resurrection by the following predictions. Wi. — Second psalm. The oldest copy reads, first psalm. The difference is merely in words; for the division of the psalter at present is very different from what it formerly was: sometimes a single psalm of ours being divided into many, and many of our divisions making only one, according to the Hebrews. The latter are not even now agreed among themselves on the same division of the psalms. Calmet. — Some suppose, that what we call the first psalm was originally looked upon as a preface to the psalter; others, that our first and second psalms united in one. Mat. Polus.
Haydock Commentary John 14:1-6
- Ver. 1. After having answered the questions of S. Peter, Jesus again addresses himself to his disciples, and bids them not to be afflicted or troubled, at what he says to them. Many Greek and Latins begin this chap. thus: Jesus said to his disciples, let not your hearts be troubled. S. Chrys. — Euthym. Leont. Theophyl. Theodor. &c. agree, that our Saviour wished to encourage his apostles, who were so much troubled, because he had said, that Peter should deny him. They thought within themselves, if Peter, who is the strongest, and most resolute amongst us, shall so far forget himself, as to deny his master, what will become of us? Jesus seeing their anxiety, tells them not to be troubled; but to believe in him, and in his words, for he had said, that he would not lose any, whom his Father had given him; (John c. vi, v. 39.) and that whosoever should believe in him, should have life everlasting. c. iii, v. 15. — Let not you heart be troubled. Christ here begins those incomparable discourses to his apostles, which are set down in the four next chapters. His sufferings and death now approaching, he forewarns them not to be troubled. You believe in God, and put your trust in him; believe also, and trust in me, no less than in him. Wi.
- Ver. 2. In my Father’s house. He does not say of your Father: for though God be the Father of all by creation, and of the just, by the grace of adoption; yet Christ in several places, calls him his Father, in a quite different sense, that is, as he was his eternal Father, as the ancient interpreters observe. Wi. — These many mansions signify different degrees of glory in heaven. S. Jer. l. ii. adv. Jovin.
- Ver. 3. I will come again: not only by rising the third day, but at your death, and at the day of judgment: that where I am, you also may be, and may receive the reward of eternal happiness in my kingdom.
- Ver. 4. And whither I go, you know, and the way you know. Thomas replied, we know neither. Jesus saith to him, I am the way. They knew it, says S. Aug. (tract. 69.) but they did not know, that they knew it: they knew their Master, Jesus Christ, and he was the way: they also knew, that is, believed, the kingdom of heaven, but they knew not, that he was returning thither: for as yet their imaginations were upon a temporal kingdom. — I am the way, by my doctrine and example: I am the Truth, by my promises; and I am Life, by the graces I offer and give. Wi.