Daily Scripture Readings Friday April 30 2010 4th Week of Easter

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
Haydock NT

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
DR Challoner

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
Haydock NT

Jesus said:

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.

Daily Scripture Readings Thursday April 29 2010 4th Week of Easter

April 29 2010 Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Saint of the Day – St. Catherine of Siena

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The Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25
Haydock New Testament

And when Paul, and they who were with him, had sailed from Paphos, they came to Perge, in Pamphylia. But John departing from them, returned to Jerusalem. But they passing through Perge, came to Antioch, in Pisidia: and entering into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying:

Ye men, brethren, if you have any word of exhortation to make to the people, speak.

Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said:

Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear: The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people, when they were sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with a mighty arm brought them out from thence, And for the space of forty years endured their manners in the desert. And destroying seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them, by lot, As it were, after four hundred and fifty years: and after these things he gave them judges, until Samuel, the prophet.

And afterwards they desired a king: and God gave them Saul, the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, he said: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my will. Of this man’s seed God, according to his promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus,

John first preaching before his coming the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel. And when John was fulfilling his course, he said:

I am not he, whom you think me to be: but behold he cometh after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.

Responsorial Psalm 88:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (Ps 89 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever.
I will shew forth thy truth with my mouth to generation and generation.
For thou hast said: Mercy shall be built up for ever in the heavens:
thy truth shall be prepared in them.
I have found David my servant:
with my holy oil I have anointed him.
For my hand shall help him:
and my arm shall strengthen him.
And my truth and my mercy shall be with him:
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
He shall cry out to me:
Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation.

The Gospel According to Saint John 13:16-20
Haydock NT

Jesus washed the disciple’s feet and said:

Amen, amen, I say to you; The servant is not greater than his lord: neither is the apostle greater than he that sent him. If you know these things, you shall be blessed if you do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the Scripture may be fulfilled: He that eateth bread with me, shall lift up his heel against me. At present I tell you before it come to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe, that I am he. Amen, amen, I say to you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me.

Haydock Commentary Acts 13:13-25
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 14. Antioch. Many cities in Asia Minor bore this name.  It is related that Seleucus Nicanor built many, and called them by this name, in honour of his father Antiochus. Tirinus. Pamphylia and Pisidia were two provinces in Asia Minor. The sabbath-day. Some not only understand, but even translate, the first day of the week: but here is rather meant the Jewish sabbath, as S. Paul went into their synagogues.  And in this his first sermon to them, which S. Luke has set down, he speaks nothing that could offend or exasperate the Jews, but honourably of them, to gain them to the Christian faith; he commends in particular David, whose Son they knew the Messias was to be: and of whom he tells them, that God had given them their Saviour, Jesus.  He mentions this high eulogium, which God gave of David, Ps. lxxxviii. 21. that he was a man according to God’s heart, who in all things should fulfil his will, that is, as to the true worship of God; though he fell into some sins, of which he repented, and did penance.  Wi.
  • Ver. 19. These seven nations are the Chanaanites, the Hethites, the Hevites, the Pherezites, the Gergesites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorrhites.  Jos. iii. 10. and alibi.
  • Ver. 20. Chronology only gives about 350 years from the entrance into the land of promise to the end of Samuel’s judicial government, who was the last of the judges.  V.
  • Ver. 24, &c. He then brings the testimony, which John the Baptist gave of Jesus, as it is likely many of them had heard of John, and of the great esteem that all the people had of his virtue and sanctity.  He tells them that salvation was offered and sent them by Jesus, against whom the chief of the Jews at Jerusalem obtained of Pilate a sentence, that he should be crucified; but that God raised him up from the dead the third day.  And we, says he, publish to you this promise, the Messias,  promised to our forefathers.

Haydock Commentary John 13:16-20

  • Ver. 18. Shall lift up his heel against me. It is the sense of those words, (Psal. xl. 10.) hath supplanted me; and they were spoken of Judas’s sin in betraying Christ.  Wi. Jesus Christ applies in this place to the perfidy of Judas, that which David appears to have said on occasion of the perfidy of Achitophel, who was thus a figure of the perfidious Judas.  V.

Daily Sacred Scripture Readings Wednesday April 28 2010 4th Week of Easter

April 28 2010 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Saint of the Day – St. Peter Chanel

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The Acts of the Apostles 12:24—13:5a
Haydock New Testament

But the word of the Lord increased and multiplied. And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, having fulfilled their ministry, taking with them John, who was surnamed Mark.

NOW there were in the church, which was at Antioch, prophets and teachers, among whom was Barnabas, and Simon, who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manahen, who was the foster-brother of Herod, the tetrarch, and Saul. And as they were ministering to the Lord, and fasting, the Holy Ghost said to them:

Separate me Saul and Barnabas, for the work to which I have taken them.

Then they fasting and praying, and imposing their hands upon them, sent them away.

So they being sent by the Holy Ghost, went to Seleucia: and from thence they sailed to Cyprus. And when they were come to Salamina, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews.

Psalm 66 (67 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

May God have mercy on us, and bless us:
may he cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us,
and may he have mercy on us.
That we may know thy way upon earth:
thy salvation in all nations.
Let people confess to thee, O God:
let all people give praise to thee.
Let the nations be glad and rejoice:
for thou judgest the people with justice,
and directest the nations upon earth.
Let the people, O God, confess to thee:
let all the people give praise to thee:
The earth hath yielded her fruit.
May God, our God bless us,
May God bless us:
and all the ends of the earth fear him.

The Gospel According to Saint John 12:44-50
Haydock NT

But Jesus cried out, and said;

He that believeth in me, doth not believe in me, but in him that sent me. And he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world; that whosoever believeth in me, may not remain in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and keep them not, I do not judge him: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that despiseth me, and receiveth not my words hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting. The things, therefore, that I speak, even as the Father said unto me, so do I speak.

Haydock Commentary Acts 12:24—13:5a
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 25. Returned from Jerusalem, to Antioch, the capital of Syria.  Wi. This John Mark, the companion of SS. Paul and Barnabas, was not the evangelist who bore that name; but a cousin of Barnabas, son of Mary, in whose house the apostles generally assembled at Jerusalem.  Calmet.
  • Ver. 1. Manahen . . . foster-brother to Herod, or nursed with the same milk.  Wi. It would appear from his having been  brought up with Herod, that he was of noble parentage.  He is likewise believed to have been one of the seventy-two disciples.  The Latins keep his feast on the 24th of May.  Calmet.
  • Ver. 2. As they were ministering to the Lord.[1]  Mr. N. and some others translate, offering up sacrifice. There are indeed good grounds to take this to be the true sense, as the Rhemish translators observed, who notwithstanding only put ministering, lest, (said they) we should seem to turn it in favour of our own cause, since neither the Latin nor Greek word signifies of itself to sacrifice, but any public ministry in the service of God; so the S. Chrys. says, when they were preaching. Wi. Separate me. Though Paul and Barnabas are here chosen by the Holy Ghost for the ministry, yet they were to be ordained, consecrated, and admitted by men; which loudly condemns all those modish and disordered spirits, that challenge and usurp the office of preaching, and other sacred and ecclesiastical functions, without any appointment from the Church.  B. Consider, says S. Chrysostom, by whom they are ordained: by Lucius, of Cyrene, and Manahen, rather than by the Spirit.  The less honourable these persons are, the more signal is the grace of God.”
  • Ver. 3. Fasting and prayer, imposing their hands upon them. By which is clearly expressed, the manner in which the ministers of God were, and are still ordained bishops, priests, deacons in the Church.  Wi. Interpreters are much divided in opinion, whether this imposition of hands be a mere deputation to a certain employment, or the sacramental ceremony, by which orders are conferred.  SS. Chrysostom, Leo, &c. are of the latter opinion; nor does it any where appear that S. Paul was bishop before this.  Arator, sub-deacon of the Church of Rome, who dedicated in the year 544 his version of the Acts of the Apostles into heroic verse to Pope Virgilius, attributes this imposition of hands to S. Peter:
    • ———-Quem mox sacravit euntem
    • Imposita Petrus ille manu, cui sermo magistri
    • Omnia posse dedit.———
    • See his printed poems in 4to. Venice, an. 1502.  Arator was sent in quality of ambassador from Athalaric to the emperor Justinian. Following the practice of the apostles, the Church of God ordains a solemn and general fast on the four public times for ordination, the ember days, as a necessary preparation for so great a work, and this S. Leo calls also an apostolical tradition.  See S. Leo, serm. ix. de jejun. and ep. lxxxi. c. 1. and serm. iii. and iv. de jejun. 7. mensis. Nor was this fasting a fasting from sin, as some ridiculously affirm, for such fasting was a universal obligatin: nor was it left to each one’s discretion, as certain heretics maintained.  Vide S. Aug. hæres. iii.
  • Ver. 5. In the synagogues of the Jews, preaching first the gospel ot them.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary John 12:44-50

  • Ver. 45. He that seeth me, seeth him that sent me. In what sense these words are true, see John xiv. v. 9. where they are repeated again, and with other expressions to the same sense.  Wi.
  • Ver. 47. I do not judge him. To judge here, may signify to condemn.  S. Aug. expounds it in this manner: I do not judge him at this my first coming.  S. Chrys. says, it is not I only that judgeth him, but the works also that I do.

Sunday Scripture Readings May 2 2010 5th Week of Easter

May 2 2010 Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 14:21-27
Haydock New Testament

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith: and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained for them priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. And passing through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia. And having spoken the word of the Lord in Perge, they went down into Attalia: And thence they sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been delivered to the grace of God, unto the work which they accomplished. And when they were come, and had assembled the church, they related what great things God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. And they abode no little time with the disciples.

Psalm 144:8-13 (Ps 145 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

The Lord is gracious and merciful: patient and plenteous in mercy.
The Lord is sweet to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Let all thy works, O Lord, praise thee: and let thy saints bless thee.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom: and shall tell of thy power:
To make thy might known to the sons of men:
and the glory of the magnificence of thy kingdom.
Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages:
and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words: and holy in all his works.

Revelation 21:1-5a
Haydock NT

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth.  For the first heaven and the first earth was past away, and the sea is now no more. And I, John, saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying:

Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them.  And they shall be his people: and God himself with them shall be their God: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow, shall be any more; for the former things are passed away.

And he who sat on the throne, said:

Behold, I make all things new.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 13:31-33a, 34-35
Haydock New Testament

When, therefore, he was gone out, Jesus said;

Now is the Son of man glorified: and God is glorified in him. If God be glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself: and immediately will he glorify him.

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek me: and as I said to the Jews, Whither I go, you cannot come: so now I say to you. I give you a new commandment: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.

Haydock Commentary Acts 14:21-27
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 21. Through many tribulations. Our daily offences require the paternal chastisement of the Almighty.  The concupiscence of the flesh too, which wills against the spirit, must be subdued by punishment.  Wo then to you, lovers of this world, who wish to pass your lives without tribulation, enemies of the cross.  Senseless creatures, is the disciple above his master?  Did it not become Christ first to suffer, and thus to enter into his glory? and shall we pretend to enter by any other means? &c.  H. Denis. Carthus.
  • Ver. 22. When they had ordained for them priests.[1]  The Prot. translation, following the grammatical etymology of the Greek word presbyter, always puts elders. Yet they of the Church of England allow, and maintain, that by this Greek word in this, and many other places, are signified the ministers of God, known by the name of bishops or priests, according to the ecclesiastical use of the same word.  It is evident that here are not meant elders, as to age and years.  Nay, though we adhere to the grammatical signification, we should rather translate priests, since the English word priest, as well as the French word prêtre, come from presbyter. But of this word more hereafter.  We may also take notice, that the Calvinists here translate, ordained by election, pretending by the derivation of the Greek word, that church ministers were only chosen, and deputed by the votes and suffrages of people; and not by any ordination, or consecration by a bishop; nor by any character or sacrament of order.  But their argument from this Greek word is frivolous, and groundless, as hath been shewn by Mr. Bois on this verse, by Mr. Legh in his Critica Sacra, &c.  Wi. — We see from this text, 1st, that SS. Paul and Barnabas were bishops, having authority to confer holy orders: 2d. that there was even then a difference betwixt bishops and priests, though the name in the primitive Church was often used indifferently;  3d. that fasting and praying were constant preparatives for holy orders.  B.
  • Ver. 24. This Antioch was a sea-port in Pamphylia.  V.
  • Ver. 25. From whence they had been delivered, up to their ministry, and their apostolical mission by the grace of God; that is, where they had been first chosen by the direction of the Spirit of God, ordained priests and bishops, and had received power, and graces to discharge their offices of apostles.  Wi.
  • Ver. 27. No little time. It is not precisely known how long he remained there, nor what he did.  S. Luke relates nothing of what happened from the 46th year of Christ to the 51st, in which the Council of Jerusalem was held.  It is probable S. Paul spent that time carrying the gospel among the neighbouring provinces.  Calmet.

Haydock Commentary Revelation 21:1-5a

  • CHAPTER XXI.
  • From the seventh verse of the foregoing chapter, begins as it were the third part of the Apocalypse containing the coming of antichrist, the great day of judgment, the punishment of the wicked, and the eternal happiness of God’s elect in heaven, or in the celestial Jerusalem, which S. John describes in this chapter as if it were like a large city, beautified and enriched with gold and all manner of precious stones, &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 1. New, by their form and qualities, but not by their substance. — The first heaven and first earth was passed away: being changed, not as to their substance, but in their qualities.  Ch.
  • Ver. 2. Coming down from God out of heaven. By the city we must understand its citizens, the Angels and saints.  Wi. — Justice, innocence, the good works of the saints, are the ornaments of the inhabitants of this new Jerusalem, the Church triumphant.  If the world of the old Adam has appeared so beautiful, so magnificent, good God, what will be the riches of that which is made for Jesus Christ, the second Adam, and for his members!  O Jesus!  Father of the world to come, render us worthy of this new and everlasting world, and give us a disgust, a mortal hatred, for that which perishes, and which is the cause of our perdition.
  • Ver. 3. Behold the tabernacle of God with men, inasmuch as God’s elect shall there dwell with him for ever and ever.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary John 13:31-33a, 34-35

  • Ver. 31. Jesus said: now is the Son of man glorified: the time is at hand, when he shall be glorified by miracles at his death, resurrection, &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 34. The commandment of mutual love had been previously given, but evidently misconstrued and abridged by the Jews to friends only, to this life only, and for earthly respects: but Jesus Christ reneweth it and enlargeth it after the form of his own love towards us, and giveth grace to observe it.  B.

Daily Scripture Readings Tuesday April 27 2010 4th Week of Easter

April 27 2010 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Saint of the Day – St. Louis Mary de Montfort

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Acts 11:19-26
Haydock New Testament

And they indeed, who had been dispersed, by the persecution that arose on occasion of Stephen, went about as far as Phœnice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none, but to the Jews only. But some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had entered into Antioch, spoke also to the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believing, was converted to the Lord.

And the report of these things came to the ears of the church that was at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas as far as Antioch. Who when he was come, and had seen the grace of God, rejoiced: and exhorted them all with purpose of heart to continue in the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith. And a great multitude was added to the Lord.

And Barnabas went to Tarsus, to seek Saul: whom, when he had found, he brought to Antioch. And they conversed there in the church a whole year: and they taught a great multitude, so that at Antioch the disciples were first name Christians.

Psalm 86 (87 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

The foundations thereof are the holy mountains:
The Lord loveth the gates of Sion above all the tabernacles of Jacob.
Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God.
I will be mindful of Rahab and of Babylon knowing me.
Behold the foreigners, and Tyre,
and the people of the Ethiopians, these were there.
Shall not Sion say: This man and that man is born in her?
and the Highest himself hath founded her.
The Lord shall tell in his writings of peoples and of princes,
of them that have been in her.
The dwelling in thee is as it were of all rejoicing.

The Gospel According to Saint John 10:22-30
Haydock NT

And it was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem, and it was winter: And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. The Jews, therefore, came round about him, and said to him;

How long dost thou keep our minds in suspense? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

Jesus answered them;

I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me: But you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall snatch them out of my hand. That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father.

I and the Father are one.

Haydock Commentary Acts 11:19-26
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 20. Some of them, at Antioch, spoke also to the Grecians:[1] by which many understand, to the Gentiles, though in most Greek copies we read, to the Hellenists. Wi.
  • Ver. 24. Multitude was added, as before, (c. x.) a few were added to the visible Church.  Ever since Christ’s ascension, this Church has been notoriously seen.  Of her ministers, their preaching has been open, their sacraments visible, their discipline visible, their persecutions visible, their wonderful increase visible, and their manifestly divine protection visible, and known to all the world.  Whilst all that have separated themselves by schism from this venerable body, have fallen into discredit, and most into complete oblivion.  The Catholic Church was the first, and it will be the last.
  • Ver. 25. To seek Saul, who had retired for a while, to his native city, Tarsus.  These two remained in Antioch about a year, during which time they reaped a plentiful harvest.
  • Ver. 26. At Antioch the disciples were first named Christians, when S. Paul and S. Barnabas were preaching there.  Before that, they were called the disciples of Jesus, and sometimes Nazarenes, (see Acts xxiv. 5.) or perhaps Galileans.Christians, distinguished them from Gentiles and Jews, and from all heretical sects, who generally had some name from the authors of such sects, as Simonites, Cerinthians, Nicolaits, &c.  Of which see S. Epiphanius.  The faithful had also after some time the name of Catholics, being taught in the apostles’ creed to believe in the Catholic Church. And S. Augustin, in several places, takes notice, that no heretics could ever get themselves called by this name; nor can they to this present.  See S. Aug. de util. credendi. c. viii. de vera relig. c. vii. cont. epis. fundam. c. iv.  Whosoever is of the true faith of Christ, may justly say, Christian is my name, Catholic my surname: a greater honour, and a greater advantage, than to be of any royal family.  Wi. The faithful disciples, believers, &c. as before they were called, now received the name of Christians.  It is not certain whether they took the name themselves, or it was given them out of disrespect, by the pagans.  Galileans were a term of reproach likewise given to the Christians.  S. Peter, in his first epistle, uses the appellation of Christians; but it does not appear that S. Paul ever did in any of his writings.  Calmet, Tirinus, &c. The name of Christian should be common to all the faithful, and all other new names of sectaries abhorred.  “If you hear,” says S. Jer. any where such as are said to be of Christ, “not to have their name from Christ, but from some other, as Marcionites, Valentinians, (as now also Lutherans, Calvinists, &c. &c. &c. &c.) know that they belong not to the Church of Christ, but to the synagogue of Antichrist.”  S. Pacianus, in his letter to Sympronian, says, when heresies had arisen, and endeavoured by diverse names to tear the dove of the Lord and Queen in pieces, that faithful required their surname: hence they who before were called Christians, are now surnamed also Catholics.Catholic, the apostles, in their creed, have distinguished the one true visible Church from all and every other congregation, sect, or party.  This mark is so self-evident, that S. Augustin hesitates not to say: “In the lap of the Church the very name Catholic keepeth me.”  Cont. ep. fund. c. iv.

This honourable name of Christian is my name and Catholic my surname.  By this term Again, in his book on the utility of believing, he says: “if after these troubles of mind you still are tossed and vexed, and wish for peace, follow the way of Catholic discipline, which from Christ himself, by the apostles, hath proceeded even unto us, and shall proceed from hence to the latest posterity.”  1 Tim. iii. 15.

Haydock Commentary John 10:22-30

  • Ver. 23. In the gallery of Solomon, which was near the temple, supposed to be attached to the eastern gate of the court, and called beautiful. See Acts iii. 2.
  • Ver. 24. If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. S. John Baptist had told them several times who Jesus was.  See Jo. c. i.  He himself had not only owned it in plain terms to the Samaritan woman, (Jo. iv. 26.) but he had frequently delivered this truth so openly to them, that he came from heaven, that he was sent into the world that all men should be saved by believing in him, that he was the Son of God, and one with the Father, that they easily perceived he made himself God: but these men would have him to declare it again, that they might accuse him.  Wi.
  • Ver. 25. The works and miracles, that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me, and shew who I am, being foretold by the prophets.  See Jo. v. 31, &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 26. Because you are not of my sheep, refusing to believe in me, and to follow my doctrine, by your own wilful blindness.  Wi.
  • Ver. 27. Christ here says that his sheep hear his voice, and follow him: but let us ask ourselves, Do we cling close to this heavenly shepherd?  Do we follow him, both by our faith and by our lives?  Do we know him, and hear his voice?  Do we fly from strangers, the world, the flesh, and the devil?  If so, we are his sheep indeed; and if we persevere, he will bring us, in spite of the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the pastures of eternal life.  But if we run away from our shepherd, to follow these strangers, we must expect to fall a prey to wolves.  Med. vol. ii. p. 417.
  • Ver. 28. They shall not perish for ever: and no man shall snatch them out of my hand. He speaks of his elect, of those whom he called by a special Providence and mercy, whom he blessed with more than ordinary graces, and with the gift of final perseverance to the end in his grace.  Wi.
  • Ver. 29. That which my Father hath given[1] me, is greater than all. We may look upon this as the true reading by Tertullian, S. Hillary, S. Amb. S. Aug. &c.  The ancient Fathers make use of these words, to shew the eternal procession of the Son from the Father; and that they are one in nature, substance, power, &c.  The reading in the ordinary Greek copies is now different.  My Father, who gave me them, (the sheep) is greater than all.  No one can snatch, or pull them by force, out of the hand of the Father. He had said just before, no one shall, or can snatch them, out of my hand. And this shews that the hand, that is, the power of the Father and the Son, is equal, is one and the same.  See S. Aug. S. Chrysostom, &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 30. I and the Father are one,[2] or one being, not one person, nor one by an union of affection only, but in nature, substance, power, and other perfections, as appears by the whole text: for Christ here tells them that none of his elect shall perish, because no one can snatch them out of his hands, no more than out of the hand of his Father: and then adds, that he and his Father are one, or have one equal power: and if their power, says S. Chrys. is the same, so is their substance. Christ adds, (v. 38.) that the Father is in him, and he in the Father; which also shews an union of nature and substance, and not only of love and affection, especially when taken with other words of our Saviour Christ.  Wi.

Daily Scripture Readings Monday April 26 2010 4th Week of Easter

April 26 2010 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Saint of the Day – St. Pedro de San José Betancur

About the sources used. The readings on this site are not the official lectionary readings for  Mass in the US Catholic Church, but are from sources free from copyright. They are here to present the comparable readings along with traditional Catholic commentary as published in the Haydock Bible for your own personal study. Readings may vary depending on your local calendar.

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Acts 11:1-18
Haydock New Testament

AND the apostles and brethren who were in Judea, heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they who were of the circumcision, disputed against him, Saying:

Why didst thou go in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them?

But Peter began and declared to them the matter in order, saying:

I was in the city of Joppe, praying, and I saw an ecstasy of mind a vision, a certain vessel descending, as it were a great sheet let down from heaven by four corners, and it came even to me. Into which looking I considered, and saw four-footed creatures of the earth, and beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air: And I heard also a voice, saying to me:

Arise, Peter, kill and eat.

And I said:

Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath ever entered into my mouth.

And the voice answered the second time from heaven:

What God hath made clean, call not thou common.

And this was done three times: and all were taken up again into heaven. And behold immediately there were three men come to the house wherein I was, sent to me from Cæsarea. And the spirit said to me, that I should go with them, nothing doubting. And these six brethren went with me also, and we entered into the man’s house. And he told us, how he had seen an Angel in his house, standing and saying to him:

Send to Joppe, and call hither Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Who shall speak to thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

And when I had begun to speak, the Holy Ghost fell upon them, as upon us also in the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said: John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. If then God gave to them the same grace, as to us also who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?

When they had heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying:

God then hath also to the Gentiles given repentance unto life.

Responsorial Psalm 41:2-3; 43:3, 4 (Ps 42 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

As the hart panteth after the fountains of water;
so my soul panteth after thee, O God.
My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God;
when shall I come and appear before the face of God?
Sent forth thy light and thy truth:
they have conducted me,
and brought me unto thy holy hill,
and into thy tabernacles.
And I will go in to the altar of God:
to God who giveth joy to my youth.
To thee, O God my God,
I will give praise upon the harp

The Gospel According to Saint John 10:1-10
Haydock NT

Jesus said:

AMEN, amen, I say to you; he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door, is the shepherd of the sheep; To whom the porter openeth: and the sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.

This parable Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he was speaking to them. Jesus, therefore, said to them again;

Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All they who came, are thieves and robbers, and the sheep heard them not. I am the door. If any one enter by me, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures. The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.

Haydock Commentary Acts 11:1-18
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  • Ver. 2. Disputed against him. S. Epiphanius makes Cerintbus, who was the next heresiarch to Simon Magus, the author of this dispute.  He likewise says it was he, who excited the Jews against S. Paul, (Acts xxi.) and that the first Council of Jerusalem was convened to condemn him.  S. Epiph. hæres. 28. c. ii.
  • Ver. 3. And didst eat with them. The Jews looked upon it as a thing altogether abominable, for them to eat with uncircumcised Gentiles; but S. Peter satisfied them, or silenced them by a plain and sincere recital of his vision, and of what happened at the house of Cornelius.  Wi.
  • Ver. 18. They held their peace, and glorified God, that the gate of salvation was also opened to the Gentiles.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary John 10:11-18

  • Ver. 1, &c. In this parable the fold is the Church: the good shepherd, and also the door is Christ: the thieves and robbers are false guides; the hirelings, such ministers as seek their own profit and gain, and a good living, as they call it; the wolves, heretics; the sheep not yet brought into the fold, the Gentiles not then converted.  Wi.
  • Ver. 3. His own sheep by name. By this is signified the particular care.  Wi.
  • Ver. 4. He goeth before them, leads them by his instructions and example.  Wi.
  • Ver. 8. All they who come are thieves, meaning those who came of their own accord, without being sent: not so the prophets, who had their mission from God.  Wi.

Sunday Scripture Readings April 25 2010 4th Sunday of Easter

April 25 2010 Fourth Sunday of Easter

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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Acts 13:14, 43-52
Haydock NT

But they passing through Perge, came to Antioch, in Pisidia: and entering into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down.

And when the synagogue was broken up, many of the Jews, and of the strangers who served God, followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. But the next sabbath-day, the whole city almost came together, to hear the word of God. And the Jews seeing the multitudes, were filled with envy, and contradicted those things which were said by Paul, blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas said boldly:

To you it behoved us first to speak the word of God: but seeing you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life: behold we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord hath commanded us: I have set thee to be the light of the Gentiles: that thou mayest be for salvation unto the utmost part of the earth.

And the Gentiles hearing this, were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were pre-ordained to eternal life, believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout the whole country. But the Jews stirred up religious and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas: and cast them out of their borders. But they shaking off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost.

Responsorial Psalm 99:1-3, 5 (Ps 100 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve ye the Lord with gladness.
Come in before his presence with exceeding great joy.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: he made us, and not we ourselves.
We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever,
and his truth to generation and generation.

Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
Haydock NT

After this I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues: standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands:

And one of the ancients said to me:

These are they who are come out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne, shall dwell over them. They shall not hunger nor thirst any more, neither shall the sun fall on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of the waters of life, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 10:27-30
Haydock New Testament

Jesus said:

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give them life everlasting: and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall snatch them out of my hand. That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of the hand of my Father. I and the Father are one.

Haydock Commentary Acts 13:14, 43-52
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  • Ver. 14. Antioch. Many cities in Asia Minor bore this name. It is related that Seleucus Nicanor built many, and called them by this name, in honour of his father Antiochus. Tirinus. — Pamphylia and Pisidia were two provinces in Asia Minor. — The sabbath-day. Some not only understand, but even translate, the first day of the week: but here is rather meant the Jewish sabbath, as S. Paul went into their synagogues. And in this his first sermon to them, which S. Luke has set down, he speaks nothing that could offend or exasperate the Jews, but honourably of them, to gain them to the Christian faith; he commends in particular David, whose Son they knew the Messias was to be: and of whom he tells them, that God had given them their Saviour, Jesus. He mentions this high eulogium, which God gave of David, Ps. lxxxviii. 21. that he was a man according to God’s heart, who in all things should fulfil his will, that is, as to the true worship of God; though he fell into some sins, of which he repented, and did penance. Wi.
  • Ver. 44. The whole city. Not only Jews, but a great many Gentiles, which exasperated the envious Jews. Wi.
  • Ver. 48. As many as were pre-ordained to eternal life,[3] by the free election, and special mercies, and providence of God. Wi. — Some understand this as if it meant, predisposed by their docility, to receive the word of life. But the Fathers unanimously understand it literally of predestination, which is defined by S. Thomas, serm. i. qu. 23. a. 1. “The disposition of God, by which he prepares, what he will himself perform, according to his infallible foreknowledge.” In other words, it is the manner in which God conducts a reasonable creature to its proper destiny, which is eternal life. In this mystery of the Catholic faith, which cannot be clearly explained to human understanding, because it is a mystery, there are nevertheless several points, which we know for certain. 1st. Though it is certain, that this decree of the Almighty is infallible, and must have its effect, yet it is far removed from the blasphemy of Calvinists, who pretend that it destroys free-will, and therefore removes all motives of exertion to good works. 2d. For it is a point of Catholic faith, that this foreknowledge of the Almighty no ways interferes with man’s liberty, but leaves him still a perfectly free agent, and therefore responsible for his actions. 3d. It is likewise decreed by the Council of Trent, that no one can certainly know that he is of the number of the predestined, without a special revelation to that effect. These are the most essential points, which it concerns us to know of this doctrine. As to the consequences which may be drawn from these positions, it were better for us to submit our understandings to the obedience of faith, than entangle ourselves in a maze of abstruse errors, far removed from our comprehension. Would that this sober line of conduct were pursued by many moderns, who at present talk and write so much on this subject, and to such little purpose. How excellently well does the great genius of the Latin Church, S. Augustin, say: Melius est dubitare de occultis, quam litigare de occultis! How much wiser and better is it to confess our ignorance on mysteries, than idly to dispute on mysteries! l. viii. de Gen. ad litt. c. 5.
  • Ver. 51. Shaking off the dust, &c. See the Annotations, Matt. x. 14.

Haydock Commentary Revelation 7:9, 14b-17

  • Ver. 14. White in the blood of the Lamb. That is, they have been cleansed and purified from sin, by the death, merits, and grace of Christ crucified. Wi. — The whole of this verse must be understood in a mystical sense, for we are said to make our garments white in the blood of the Lamb, when we enter into his Church by baptism, or wash away our sins by penance or martyrdom. Calmet.
  • Ver. 15. Therefore they are before the throne of God . . . in his temple; i.e. therefore are they now happy in heaven, where the temple was represented to be, as observed before. — He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell, or dwelleth over them. Wi.
  • Ver. 17. The Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, God and man, shall rule[1] them as a shepherd does his flock. By the Greek, And shall lead them unto fountains of living waters;[2] lit. to the fountains of life of waters; shall bless them with everlasting happiness. Wi. — He represents the happiness of the saints, under the idea of being exempt from all the wants and evils of this life. For we are not able, according to truth itself, to conceive the happiness that is prepared for us; wherefore we must content ourselves with considering what it is not, rather than what it is. He, nevertheless, seems to compare heaven to a temple or palace, in which we observe ministers and servants all in their proper order, his counsellors (if we may be allowed the expression) and friends seated in presence of their prince, and the souls of the just singing the praises of the Most High. Car.

Haydock Commentary John 10:27-30

  • Ver. 27. Christ here says that his sheep hear his voice, and follow him: but let us ask ourselves, Do we cling close to this heavenly shepherd? Do we follow him, both by our faith and by our lives? Do we know him, and hear his voice? Do we fly from strangers, the world, the flesh, and the devil? If so, we are his sheep indeed; and if we persevere, he will bring us, in spite of the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the pastures of eternal life. But if we run away from our shepherd, to follow these strangers, we must expect to fall a prey to wolves. Med. vol. ii. p. 417.
  • Ver. 28. They shall not perish for ever: and no man shall snatch them out of my hand. He speaks of his elect, of those whom he called by a special Providence and mercy, whom he blessed with more than ordinary graces, and with the gift of final perseverance to the end in his grace. Wi.
  • Ver. 29. That which my Father hath given[1] me, is greater than all. We may look upon this as the true reading by Tertullian, S. Hilary, S. Amb. S. Aug. &c. The ancient Fathers make use of these words, to shew the eternal procession of the Son from the Father; and that they are one in nature, substance, power, &c. The reading in the ordinary Greek copies is now different. My Father, who gave me them, (the sheep) is greater than all. No one can snatch, or pull them by force, out of the hand of the Father. He had said just before, no one shall, or can snatch them, out of my hand. And this shews that the hand, that is, the power of the Father and the Son, is equal, is one and the same. See S. Aug. S. Chrysostom, &c. Wi.
  • Ver. 30. I and the Father are one,[2] or one being, not one person, nor one by an union of affection only, but in nature, substance, power, and other perfections, as appears by the whole text: for Christ here tells them that none of his elect shall perish, because no one can snatch them out of his hands, no more than out of the hands of his Father: and then adds, that he and his Father are one, or have one equal power: and if their power, says S. Chrys. is the same, so is their substance. Christ adds, (v. 38.) that the Father is in him, and he in the Father; which also shews an union of nature and substance, and not only of love and affection, especially when taken with other words of our Saviour Christ. Wi.