Sunday Scripture Readings May 30 2010 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 30 2010 Sunday The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Proverbs 8:22-31
Douay-Rheims Challoner

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning.
I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out. The mountains, with their huge bulk, had not as yet been established: before the hills, I was brought forth: He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.

When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law, and compass, he enclosed the depths: When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters: When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the foundations of the earth; I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times; Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men.

Psalm 8:4-9
DR Challoner Text Only

For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers:
the moon and the stars which thou hast founded.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou hast made him a little less than the angels,
thou hast crowned him with glory and honour:
And hast set him over the works of thy hands.
Thou hast subjected all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen: moreover, the beasts also of the fields.
The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea,
that pass through the paths of the sea.

Romans 5:1-5
Haydock NT

Therefore, being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so, but we glory also in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience: And patience trial, and trial hope; And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 16:12-15
Haydock New Testament

Jesus told the disciples:

I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak: and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine, and will declare it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine. Therefore, I said, that he shall receive of mine, and will shew it to you.

Haydock Commentary Proverbs 8:22-31
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 22. Possessed. As Christ was with God, equal to him in eternity. Jo. i. Sept. “created,” which many of the Fathers explain of the word incarnate, (see Corn. a Lapide. Bossuet) or he hath “placed me,” (S. Athan. iii. con. Arian. Euseb.) a pattern of all virtues. The Sept. generally render kana, “possessed,” as Aquila does here. C.
  • Ver. 23. Up. Heb. “anointed.” Sept. “he founded.” Christ was appointed to be the foundation, on which we must be built. S. Athan. iii. Orat.
  • Ver. 24. Conceived. Having yet manifested none of my works. Since the creation, wisdom only seeks to communicate itself to us. C.
  • Ver. 26. Poles. Heb. “head or height of the dust of the world.” H. — I subsisted with the chaos, before things appeared in their present form. C. — The poles denote the north and south, or the four quarters of the world. M.
  • Ver. 28. Sky. Prot. “clouds.” Pagn. “the air.” Vulg. æthera. Sept. “the clouds above.” H. — Moses assigns the higher and lower waters the same origin. Gen. i. 7.
  • Ver. 29. Pass. This is often remarked. Ps. xli. 8. — Earth. See Job xxxviii. 8. C.
  • Ver. 30. Forming. Heb. “one nursed,” (C.) or nursing, nutritius. Pagn. — He was not an idle spectator. — Playing. With ease and surprising variety. C.
  • Ver. 31. Men. God saw that all was good, but delighted most in his own image. M. — He prefers man before all other corporeal creatures. W. — To him alone below he has granted understanding, and a soul capable of virtue. The Son has also assumed our nature. Bar. iii. 37.

Haydock Commentary Romans 5:1-5

  • Ver. 1. The apostle proceeds in this chapter to shew how great a benefit it is to be truly justified by the coming of Christ. — Let us have[1] peace with God. That is, says S. Chrys. by laying aside all contentions. Or let us have peace with God by sinning no more. And this peace we may have under the greatest tribulations, which conduce to our greater good, to an increase in virtues, in patience, in hope, in the love of God, &c. Wi.
  • Ver. 3. We glory in spirit in the afflictions, oppression, and persecution, which we suffer as Christians, esteeming them a great blessing. Thus the apostles went rejoicing from before the council, because they had been thought worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. Acts v. And S. James (c. i.) says: Think it the greatest joy when you fall into various temptations: (i.e. tribulations) for these sufferings greatly serve to confirm the elect in the hopes which they have of enjoying the glory of the world to come. Estius.
  • Ver. 5. God having prevented us with his gifts when we did not at all deserve them, having showered upon us the blessings of faith, charity, patience, and fidelity, we cannot but have the greatest confidence that after this pledge and assurance of his good will towards us, he well finish the work he has begun, and bring us to his heavenly kingdom. Calmet. — Not only the gift of the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit himself, is given to us, who resides in our soul as in his own temple, who sanctifies it, and makes it partaker of his divine love. Menochius.

Haydock Commentary John 16:12-15

  • Ver. 13. When he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will teach you all truth; will direct you and the Church, in the ways of truth. For he shall not speak of himself, or of himself only, because, says S. Aug. he is not from himself, but proceedeth from the Father and the Son. Whatsoever he shall hear, he shall speak[3]; this his hearing, says S. Aug. is his knowledge, and his knowledge is his essence, or being, which from eternity is from the Father and the Son. The like expressions are applied to the Son, as proceeding from the Father. Jo. v. 30. and viii. 16. &c. Wi. — If he shall teach all truth, and that for ever, (c. xi. v. 26.) how is it possible, that the Church can err, or hath erred in matters of faith, at any time, or in any point of doctrine? In this supposition, would not the Holy Ghost have forfeited his title of Spirit of Truth?
  • Ver. 15. All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. The obvious sense of these words, shews, that the Son hath the same nature, and the same substance with the Father, and that he is one, and the same God with him. And by Christ’s adding: therefore he (the Holy Ghost) shall receive of mine, we are taught, that the third person proceeds from both the Father, and the Son, and that he receives, and has the same perfections. Wi.
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Daily Scripture Readings Saturday May 29 2010 8th Week in Ordinary Time

May 29 2010 Saturday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

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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Jude 17, 20b-25
Haydock NT

But you, dearly beloved, be mindful of the words, which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.

And some indeed reprove, being judged. But others save, snatching them out of the fire.  And on others have compassion, in fear: hating also the spotted garment, which is carnal.

Now to him, who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: To the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, dominion and power before all ages, both now and for ever and ever.  Amen.

Responsorial Psalm 62:2-6 (Ps 63 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

O God, my God, to thee do I watch at break of day.
For thee my soul hath thirsted; for thee my flesh, O how many ways!
In a desert land, and where there is no way, and no water:
so in the sanctuary have I come before thee, to see thy power and thy glory.
For thy mercy is better than lives: thee my lips will praise.
Thus will I bless thee all my life long: and in thy name I will lift up my hands.
Let my soul be filled as with marrow and fatness:
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Mark 11:27-33
Haydock New Testament

And they come again to Jerusalem.  And when he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the Scribes, and the ancients; And they say to him:

By what authority dost thou these things? and who hath given thee this authority to do these things?

And Jesus answering, said to them:

I will also ask of you one word, and answer me: and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?  Answer me.

But they thought with themselves, saying:

If we say, From heaven: he will say, Why then did you not believe him? If we say, From men, we fear the people.

For all men counted John that he was a prophet indeed. And they answering, say to Jesus:

We know not.

And Jesus answering, saith to them:

Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Haydock Commentary Jude 17, 20b-25
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 17. Be mindful, &c.  He now exhorts the faithful to remain steadfast in the belief and practice of what they had heard from the apostles, who had also foretold that in after times (lit. in the last time,)[9] there should be false teachers, scoffing and ridiculing all revealed truths, abandoning themselves to their passions and lusts, who separate themselves from the Catholic communion by heresies and schisms; sensual men,[10] carried away, and enslaved by the pleasures of the senses.  Wi.
  • Ver. 20-21. Building yourselves. That is, raising by your actions a spiritual building, founded 1. upon faith; 2. on the love of God; 3. upon hope, whilst you are awaiting for the mercies of God, and the reward of eternal life; 4. joined with the great duty of prayer. Wi.
  • Ver. 22. And some indeed reprove, being judged. He gives them another instruction to practise charity in endeavouring to convert their neighbour, where they will meet with three sorts of persons.  1. With persons obstinate in their errors and sins, these may be said to be already judged and condemned, they are to be sharply reprehended, reproved, and, if possible, convinced of their errors.  2. As to others, you must endeavour to save them, by snatching them as it were out of the fire, from the ruin they stand in great danger of.  3. You must have compassion on others in great fear, when you see them, through ignorance or frailty, in danger of being drawn into the snares of these heretics; with these you must deal more gently and mildly, with a charitable compassion, hating always, and teaching others to hate the carnal coat, which is defiled, their sensual and corrupt manners, that defile both the soul and body.  Wi.
  • Ver. 24-25. Now to him, &c.  S. Jude concludes his epistle with this doxology of praising God, and praying to the only God, our Saviour, which may either signify God the Father, or God as equally agreeing to all the Three Persons, who are equally the cause of Christ’s incarnation and man’s salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who being God from eternity, took upon him our human nature, that he might become our Redeemer.  Wi. — To whom, O Lord, can we give the glory of our salvation, unless to thee, to whom all is due?  To whom can we consecrate our hearts, but to him who has redeemed them with his blood, sanctified them by his Spirit, and who is to make them happy by his glory?  Reign there, O Lord, as on thy throne, now by thy love; that you may reign there hereafter with glory, magnificence, and sovereignty in heaven.

Haydock Commentary Mark 11:27-33

  • Ver. 28. “It was a reasonable demand,” says Dr. Barrow, “which was made to our Saviour: tell us by what authority thou doest these things, and who hath given thee this authority. The reasonableness of it our Lord did often avow, declaring, that if by his doctrine and works he had not vouched the divinity of his authority, it had been no sin to disbelieve or reject him.”  John v. 31, 36.  x. 25, 37. and xv. 22, 24.  Dr. Barrow on Supremacy, p. 49. — This principle, which supposes in pastors the necessity of a lawful mission, was formerly, and may still be, triumphantly urged against Luther, Calvin, Tindal, Cranmer, and all the first pretended Reformers of the Catholic Church.  For whence, said the Catholics, did these innovators derive their mission?  Who sent them to preach?  Who gave them authority to reform and alter the whole state of God’s Church?  Let them shew their commission for this purpose, either ordinary or extraordinary. Unless they can do this, we have nothing to do with usurpers and intruders. . . . . If it be pretended that they had extraordinary mission, immediately derived from God, why did they not shew their credentials, stamped with the broad seal of heaven; that is, why did they not by clear and evident miracles, such as Christ and his apostles wrought, attest their being thus extraordinarily commissioned for the extraordinary work of the Reformation?  Without such proofs as these, no pretensions to an extraordinary mission, in opposition to the ordinary Church authority, can be admitted.  Otherwise every fanatic or enthusiast, following his own caprice, may pretend to a call from heaven; and, upon this foolish plea, preach up his own dreams for the pure word of God, in contempt of all authority, whether of Church or State.  If it be said that the missions of the first reformers were ordinary, and derived to them by the ministry of men, it behoves them to point out what men these were from whom they received this ordinary power.  Were they Catholics or Protestants?  Not Protestants, for they cannot name any such who commissioned them to preach; not Catholics, because the religion which Luther and his reforming brethren endeavoured to propagate, was a new religion, directly opposite to that of Catholics, and therefore could not be taught, in virtue of any commission from Catholics.  And how can they preach unless they be sent? Rom. x. 15.  If it be urged that Luther had received his orders in the Catholic Church, it is easily answered that this could not authorize him to commence preacher and teacher of another religion, any more than the orders which Mr. Whiston and Mr. Wesley might receive in the Protestant church of England could authorize them to teach a doctrine anathematized by that Church.  Rutter.
  • Ver. 33. Neither do I tell you, &c.  I do not tell you what I know, because you refuse to own what you know.  We should observe, there are here two reasons for concealing the truth from inquirers: 1st, when he that inquireth after the truth is incapable of understanding it; 2d, when on account of some contempt of the truth, or some other evil indisposition, the person is not deserving of having the truth laid open to him.  Ven. Bede.

Daily Scripture Readings Thursday May 27 2010 8th Week in Ordinary Time

May 27 2010 Thursday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Augustine of Canterbury

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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1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
Haydock NT

As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby you may grow unto salvation: If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured of God:Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul, Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.

Responsorial Psalm 99: 2- 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.
Go ye into his gates with praise, into his courts with hymns:
and give glory to him. Praise ye his name:
For the Lord is sweet, his mercy endureth for ever,
and his truth to generation and generation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Mark 10:46-52
Haydock New Testament

And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho, with his disciples and a very great multitude, Bartimæus, the blind man, the son of Timæus, sat by the way side, begging. And when he had heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and to say:

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

And many rebuked him, that he might hold his peace.  But he cried a great deal the more:

Son of David, have mercy on me.

And Jesus standing still, commanded him to be called.  And they call the blind man, saying to him:

Be of better comfort: arise, he calleth thee.

He casting off his garment, leaped up, and came to him. And Jesus answering, said to him:

What wilt thou that I should do to thee?

And the blind man said to him:

Rabboni, that I may see.

And Jesus saith to him:

Go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole.

And immediately he saw, and followed him in the way.

Haydock Commentary 1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-12
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 2. Desire the rational[1] milk without guile, or deceit.  Without guile, in construction, does not agree with new-born children, but with milk, as appears by the text.  The sense is, follow the pure doctrine of the gospel, without mixture of errors.  Wi.
  • Ver. 3. Whoever has a relish for Jesus Christ, has also for his word; and such as have a relish for neither, are truly deplorable. Let us pray then that God would feed us with his word, and with the holy Eucharist, that contains his body and blood, his soul and his divinity, that we may thereby grow up to salvation.
  • Ver. 4. The living stone, rejected, &c.  Christ is the chief foundation of his Church, the corner-stone of the building, whom the Jews, and other obstinate unbelievers, reject to their own condemnation and destruction.  See Isai. xxviii. 16.  Mat. xxi. 42.  Acts iv. 11.  Rom. ix. 32.  Wi.
  • Ver. 5. You also . . . a holy[2] priesthood; and, as he saith again, (v. 9.) a royal priesthood. 1. Because they had ministers of God, who were truly and properly priests, of whom Christ is the chief.  2. Every good Christian in a less proper sense may be called a priest, inasmuch as he offers to God what in a less proper and metaphorical sense may be called sacrifices and oblations; that is, the sacrifice of an humble and contrite heart, (Ps. l.) the sacrifice of self-denials and mortifications, of prayer, almsdeeds, &c.  And it is called a royal priesthood, as Christians may be called metaphorically kings, by governing their passions, or because they are invited to reign with Christ in his kingdom, to sit on his throne, &c.  See Apoc. iii. 21. &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 9. You are . . . a purchased people, whom Christ purchased, bought and redeemed with the price of his precious blood. — That you may declare his[4] virtues; i.e. the excellencies and perfections of God, who hath called you, and now made you his people, which you were not, at least in this matter before, neither you that were Jews, nor especially you that were Gentiles.  Wi.
  • Ver. 11. I beseech you . . . to refrain, &c. from all unlawful and disorderly passions, that the Gentiles not yet converted may have nothing to blame in your lives and conversation, but may be edified and induced to praise God.  Wi.
  • Ver. 12. In the day of visitation. God is said to visit his people, sometimes by afflictions and punishments, and sometimes by graces and favours.  Some think S. Peter here, by the day of visitation, means the approaching destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and that the sense is, that the heathen Romans seeing your peaceable dispositions and pious conversations, may have a favourable opinion of the Christian religion, and be converted.  Others, that you and they to whom the gospel is preached, may glorify God when he visits them with graces and favours, whether exterior or interior.  Wi. — Be careful not to give occasion to scandal.  Detraction is the life of the world, and piety is most exposed to its shafts, because it most condemns the maxims of its followers.

Haydock Commentary Mark 10:46-52

  • Ver. 46. Bartimæus is a Syriac word, and signifies, son of Timæus.
  • Ver. 51. Let us endeavour sedulously to imitate the good example of this blind man, who did not ask for honours, riches, or other worldly advantages, but only that he might receive his sight; that he might behold the light with the blessed angels, to which faith alone can conduct us.  Ven. Bede. — In this worse than Cimmerian darkness, how few are found, who pray as they ought for this all-necessary light of faith!!!

Catena Aurea Mark 10:46-52
From Catechetics Online

  • JEROME; The name of the city agrees with the approaching Passion of our Lord; for it is said, And they came to Jericho. Jericho means moon or anathema; but the failing of the flesh of Christ is the preparation of the heavenly Jerusalem. It goes on: And as he went out of Jericho with his disciples, and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the wayside begging.
  • BEDE; Matthew says, that there were two blind men sitting by the wayside, who cried to the Lord, and received their sight; but Luke relates that one blind man was enlightened by Him, with a like order of circumstances, as He was going into Jericho; where no one, at least no wise human, will suppose that the Evangelists wrote things contrary to one another, but that one wrote more fully, what another has left out. We must therefore understand that one of them was the more important, which appears from this circumstance, that Mark has related the name and the name of his father.
  • AUG. It is for this reason that Mark wished to relate his case alone, because his receiving his sight had gained for the miracle a fame, illustrious in proportion to the extent of the knowledge of his affliction. But although Luke relates a miracle done entirely in the same way nevertheless we must understand that a similar miracle was wrought on another blind man, and a similar method of the same miracle. It goes on: And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, you Son of David, have mercy upon me.
  • PSEUDO-CHRYS; The blind man calls the Lord, the Son of David, hearing the way in which the passing multitude praised Him, and feeling sure that the expectation of the prophets was fulfilled There follows And many charged him that he should hold his peace.
  • ORIGEN; As if he said, Those who were foremost in believing rebuked him when to He cried, You Son of David, that he might hold his peace, and cease to call Him by a contemptible name, when he ought to say, Son of God, have pity upon me. He however did not cease; wherefore it goes on: But he cried the more a great deal, You Son of David, have mercy upon me; and the Lord hearth his cry; wherefore there follows:
    • And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. But observe, that the blind man, of whom Luke speaks, is inferior to this one; for neither did Jesus call him, nor order him to be called, but He commanded him to be brought to Him, as though unable to come by himself; but this blind man by the command of our Lord is called to Him. Wherefore it goes on: And they call the blind man, saying to him, Be of good comfort, rise, he calls you; but he casting away his garment, comes to Him.
    • It goes on: And he casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. Perchance, the garment of the blind man means the veil of blindness and poverty, with which he was surrounded, which he cast away and came to Jesus; and the Lord questions him, as he is approaching.
    • Wherefore there follows: And Jesus answered and said to him, What will you that I should do to thee.
  • BEDE; Could He who was able to restore sight be ignorant of what the blind man wanted? His reason then for asking is that prayer may be made to Him; He puts the question, to stir up the blind man’s heart to pray.
  • CHRYS. Or He asks, lest men should think that what He granted the man was not what he wanted. For it was His practice to make the good disposition of those who were to be cured known to all men, and then to apply the remedy, in order to stir up others to emulation, and to show that He who was to be cured was worthy to obtain the grace. It goes on: The blind man said to him, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
  • BEDE; For the blind man looks down upon every gift except light, because, whatever a blind man may possess, without light he cannot see what he possesses.
  • PSEUDO-JEROME; But Jesus, considering his ready will, rewards him with the fulfillment of his desire.
  • ORIGEN; Again, it is more worthy to say Rabboni, our, as it is in other places, Master, than to say Son of David; wherefore He gives him health, not on his saying, Son of David, but when he said Rabboni. Wherefore there follows: And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has made you whole. And immediately he received his, sight, and followed him in the way.
  • THEOPHYL. The mind of the blind man is grateful, for when he was made whole, he did not leave Jesus, but followed Him.
  • BEDE; In a mystical sense, however, Jericho, which means the moon, points out the waning of our fleeting race. The Lord restored sight to the blind man, when drawing near to Jericho, because coming in the flesh, and drawing near to His Passion, He brought many to the faith; for it was not in the first years of His Incarnation, but in the few years before He suffered, that He showed the mystery of the Word to the world.
  • PSEUDO-JEROME; But the blindness in part, brought upon the Jews, will in the end be enlightened when He sends to them the Prophet Elias.
  • BEDE; Now in that on approaching Jericho, the restored sight to one man, and on quitting it to two, He intimated, that before His Passion He preached only to one nation, the Jews, but after His resurrection and ascension, through His Apostles He opened the mysteries both of His Divinity and His Humanity to Jews and Gentiles. Mark indeed, in writing that one receives his sight, refers to the saving of the Gentiles, that the figure might agree with the salvation of those, whom He instructed in the faith; but Matthew, who write His Gospel to the faithful among the Jews, because it was all so to reach the knowledge of the Gentiles, fitly says that two receive their sight, that He might teach us that the grace of faith belonged to each people.
    • Therefore, as the Lord was departing with His disciples and a great multitude from Jericho, the blind man was sitting, begging by the wayside; that is, when the Lord ascended into heaven, and many of the faithful followed Him, yes when all the elect from the beginning of the world entered together with Him the gate of heaven, presently the Gentile people began to have hope of its own illumination; for it now sits begging by the wayside, because it has not entered upon and reached the path of truth.
  • PSEUDO-JEROME; The people of the Jews also, because it kept the Scriptures and did not fulfill them, begs and starves by the wayside; but he cries out Son of David, have mercy upon me, because the Jewish people is enlightened by the merits of the Prophets. Many rebuke him that He may hold his peace that is sins and devils restrain the cry of the poor; and He cried out more because when the battle waxes great, hands are to be lofted up with crying to the Rock of help that is Jesus of Nazareth.
  • BEDE; Again, the people of the Gentiles having heard of the fame of the name of Christ, sought to be made a partaker of Him, but many spoke against Him, first the Jews, then also the Gentiles, but the world which was to be enlightened should call upon Christ. The furry of those who attacked Him, however, could not deprive of salvation those who where fore-ordained to life.
    • And He heard the blind man’s cry as He was passing, but stood when He restored his sight, because by His Humanity He pitied him, who by the power of His Divinity has driven away the darkness from our mind; for in that Jesus was born and suffered for our sakes, He as it were passed by, because this action is temporal; but when God is said to stand, it means, that, Himself without change, He sets in order all changeable things.
    • But the Lord calls the blind man, who cries to Him, which He sends the word of faith to the people of the Gentiles by preachers; and they call on the blind man to be of good cheer and to rise, and bid him come to the Lord, when by preaching to the simple, they bid him have hope of salvation, and rise from the sloth of vice, and gird themselves for a life or virtue. Again, he throws away his garment and heaps, who, throwing aside the bands of the world, with unencumbered pace hastens to the Giver of eternal light.
  • PSEUDO-JEROME; Again, time Jewish people comes leaping, stripped of the old man, as a hart leaping on the mountains, that is, laying aside sloth, it meditates on Patriarchs, Prophets, and Apostles on high, and raises itself to heights of holiness. How consistent also is the order of salvation. First we heard by the Prophets, then we cry aloud by faith, next we are called by Apostles, we rise u by penitence, we are stripped of our old garment by baptism, and of our choice we are questioned. Again, the blind man when asked requires, that he may see the will of the Lord.
  • BEDE; Therefore let us also imitate him, let us not seek for riches, earthly goods, or honors from the Lord, but for that Light, which we alone with the Angels can see, the way to which is faith; wherefore also Christ answers to the blind man, Your faith has saved you. But he sees and follows who works what his understanding tells him is good; for he follows Jesus, who understands and executes what is good, who imitates Him, who had no wish to prosper in this world, and bore reproach and derision. And because we have fallen from inward joy, by delight in the things of the body, He shows us what bitter feelings the return thither will cost us.
  • THEOPHYL. Further, it says that he followed the Lord in the way, that is, in this life, because after it all are excluded who follow Him not here, by working His commandments.
  • PSEUDO-JEROME; Or, this is the way of which He said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This is the narrow way, which leads to the heights of Jerusalem, and Bethany, to the mount of Olives, which is the mount of light and consolation.

Daily Scripture Readings Wednesday May 26 2010 8th Week of Ordinary Time

May 26 2010 Wednesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Philip Neri

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1 Peter 1:18-25
Haydock New Testament

Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers: But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled: Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you, Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God: Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly: Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible by the word of God, who liveth and remaineth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass: and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass: the grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever: and this is the word which hath been preached unto you.

Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
DR Challoner Text Only

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion.
Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates,
he hath blessed thy children within thee.
Who hath placed peace in thy borders: and filleth thee with the fat of corn.
Who sendeth forth his speech to the earth: his word runneth swiftly.
Who declareth his word to Jacob: his justices and his judgments to Israel.
He hath not done in like manner to every nation:
and his judgments he hath not made manifest to them. Alleluia.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Mark 10:32-45
Haydock New Testament

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem: and Jesus went before them, and they were astonished: and following, were afraid.  And taking again the twelve, he began to tell them the things that should befall him. Saying:

Behold we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man shall be betrayed to the chief priests, and to the Scribes and ancients, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles. And they shall mock him, and spit on him, and scourge him, and kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

And James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him, saying:

Master, we desire that whatsoever we shall ask, thou wouldst do it for us.

But he said to them:

What would you that I should do for you?

And they said:

Grant to us, that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

And Jesus said to them:

You know not what you ask.  Can you drink of the chalice that I drink of: or be baptized with the baptism wherewith I am baptized?

But they said to him:

We can.

And Jesus saith to them:

You shall indeed drink of the chalice that I drink of: and with the baptism wherewith I am baptized, you shall be baptized: But to sit on my right hand, or on my left, is not mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared.

And the ten hearing it, began to be much displeased at James and John. But Jesus calling them, saith to them:

You know that they who seem to rule over the Gentiles, lord it over them: and their princes have power over them. But it is not so among you: but whosoever will be greater, shall be your minister. And whosoever will be first among you, shall be the servant of all. For the Son of man also is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.

Haydock Commentary 1 Peter 1:18-25
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 18. From your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers. S. Peter teacheth what S. Paul repeats in many places, that it was in vain for them to hope to be saved by the ceremonies and precepts of the former law, to which their forefathers had added many unnecessary and groundless traditions.  They could only hope for salvation by believing in Christ, by the price of whose precious blood they were redeemed from their sins, as they had heard by the word of the gospel preached to them.  His doctrine is the same with that of S. Paul, of S. James, of S. John, and of the other apostles, that to be saved it is not enough to have faith or hope in Christ, but it must be a faith joined and working by charity, obeying the law of Christ in the spirit of charity with a sincere and brotherly love of every one, without setting our hearts upon the vanities and corruptible things of this world, remembering that all flesh is as grass, or the flowers of the field, which wither and pass away in a very short time.  Thus presently vanish all riches, honours, pleasures, and all the glory of this life, but the word of God and his promises will bring us to happiness which will last for ever.  Wi.
  • Ver. 23. Thus this new birth, common to you all, should form between you an union much more stable and solid than that formed in you by the ties of blood.  V.

Haydock Commentary Mark 10:32-45

  • Ver. 32. Christ goes before, to shew his eagerness to suffer the ignominies and torments of his approaching passion, for our salvation.  Theophy. — But the disciples being already forewarned of what their Master was to suffer from the high priest and Scribes, went along the road to Jerusalem, with silent fear and trepidation, either lest they should be put to death with him, or lest he, whose life and doctrines they enjoyed, should fall into the hands of his enemies.  But our kind Redeemer, foreseeing that the minds of his disciples were disturbed, comforts them with the assurance of his resurrection.  Ven. Bede.
  • Ver. 35. S. Matt. (xx. 20.) says it was their mother, Salome, but probably at their solicitation, or at least with their connivance and consent.
  • Ver. 42. Who seem to rule over the Gentiles, &c.  See Matt. xx. 25, and Luke xxii. 25.  Wi.
  • Ver. 43. In vain then do men either seek for immoderate power, or sigh after human greatness; for, not power, but humility, is the sure and only path to the summit of perfection.  He then proves to them by his own example, that if they would not believe his words, they might at least learn by his example.  Ven. Bede.

Sunday Scripture Readings May 30 2010 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 30 2010 Sunday The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Proverbs 8:22-31
Douay-Rheims Challoner

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing from the beginning.
I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out. The mountains, with their huge bulk, had not as yet been established: before the hills, I was brought forth: He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.

When he prepared the heavens, I was present: when with a certain law, and compass, he enclosed the depths: When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters: When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the foundations of the earth; I was with him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times; Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men.

Psalm 8:4-9
DR Challoner Text Only

For I will behold thy heavens, the works of thy fingers:
the moon and the stars which thou hast founded.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou hast made him a little less than the angels,
thou hast crowned him with glory and honour:
And hast set him over the works of thy hands.
Thou hast subjected all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen: moreover, the beasts also of the fields.
The birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea,
that pass through the paths of the sea.

Romans 5:1-5
Haydock NT

Therefore, being justified by faith, let us have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. By whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand, and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so, but we glory also in tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience: And patience trial, and trial hope; And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured out into our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint  John 16:12-15
Haydock New Testament

Jesus told the disciples:

I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. But when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak: and the things that are to come, he shall shew you. He shall glorify me: because he shall receive of mine, and will declare it to you. All things whatsoever the Father hath are mine.  Therefore, I said, that he shall receive of mine, and will shew it to you.

Haydock Commentary Proverbs 8:22-31
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 22. Possessed. As Christ was with God, equal to him in eternity.  Jo. i.  Sept. “created,” which many of the Fathers explain of the word incarnate, (see Corn. a Lapide.  Bossuet) or he hath “placed me,” (S. Athan. iii. con. Arian.  Euseb.) a pattern of all virtues.  The Sept. generally render kana, “possessed,” as Aquila does here.  C.
  • Ver. 23. Up. Heb. “anointed.”  Sept. “he founded.”  Christ was appointed to be the foundation, on which we must be built.  S. Athan. iii. Orat.
  • Ver. 24. Conceived. Having yet manifested none of my works.  Since the creation, wisdom only seeks to communicate itself to us.  C.
  • Ver. 26. Poles. Heb. “head or height of the dust of the world.”  H. — I subsisted with the chaos, before things appeared in their present form.  C. — The poles denote the north and south, or the four quarters of the world.  M.
  • Ver. 28. Sky. Prot. “clouds.”  Pagn. “the air.”  Vulg. æthera. Sept. “the clouds above.”  H. — Moses assigns the higher and lower waters the same origin.  Gen. i. 7.
  • Ver. 29. Pass. This is often remarked.  Ps. xli. 8. — Earth. See Job xxxviii. 8.  C.
  • Ver. 30. Forming. Heb. “one nursed,” (C.) or nursing, nutritius. Pagn. — He was not an idle spectator. — Playing. With ease and surprising variety.  C.
  • Ver. 31. Men. God saw that all was good, but delighted most in his own image.  M. — He prefers  man before all other corporeal creatures.  W. — To  him alone below he has granted understanding, and a soul capable of virtue.  The Son has also assumed our nature.  Bar. iii. 37.

Haydock Commentary Romans 5:1-5

  • Ver. 1. The apostle proceeds in this chapter to shew how great a benefit it is to be truly justified by the coming of Christ. — Let us have[1] peace with God. That is, says S. Chrys. by laying aside all contentions.  Or let us have peace with God by sinning no more.  And this peace we may have under the greatest tribulations, which conduce to our greater good, to an increase in virtues, in patience, in hope, in the love of God, &c.  Wi.
  • Ver. 3. We glory in spirit in the afflictions, oppression, and persecution, which we suffer as Christians, esteeming them a great blessing.  Thus the apostles went rejoicing from before the council, because they had been thought worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.  Acts v.  And S. James (c. i.) says: Think it the greatest joy when you fall into various temptations: (i.e. tribulations) for these sufferings greatly serve to confirm the elect in the hopes which they have of enjoying the glory of the world to come.  Estius.
  • Ver. 5. God having prevented us with his gifts when we did not at all deserve them, having showered upon us the blessings of faith, charity, patience, and fidelity, we cannot but have the greatest confidence that after this pledge and assurance of his good will towards us, he well finish the work he has begun, and bring us to his heavenly kingdom.  Calmet. — Not only the gift of the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit himself, is given to us, who resides in our soul as in his own temple, who sanctifies it, and makes it partaker of his divine love.  Menochius.

Haydock Commentary John 16:12-15

  • Ver. 13. When he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will teach you all truth; will direct you and the Church, in the ways of truth.  For he shall not speak of himself, or of himself only, because, says S. Aug. he is not from himself, but proceedeth from the Father and the Son.  Whatsoever he shall hear, he shall speak[3]; this his hearing, says S. Aug. is his knowledge, and his knowledge is his essence, or being, which from eternity is from the Father and the Son.  The like expressions are applied to the Son, as proceeding from the Father.  Jo. v. 30. and viii. 16. &c.  Wi. — If he shall teach all truth, and that for ever, (c. xi. v. 26.) how is it possible, that the Church can err, or hath erred in matters of faith, at any time, or in any point of doctrine?  In this supposition, would not the Holy Ghost have forfeited his title of Spirit of Truth?
  • Ver. 15. All things whatsoever the Father hath, are mine. The obvious sense of these words, shews, that the Son hath the same nature, and the same substance with the Father, and that he is one, and the same God with him.  And by Christ’s adding: therefore he (the Holy Ghost) shall receive of mine, we are taught, that the third person proceeds from both the Father, and the Son, and that he receives, and has the same perfections.  Wi.

Daily Scripture Readings Tuesday May 25 2010 8th Week of Ordinary Time

May 25 2010 Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day – St. Venerable Bede

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1 Peter 1:10-16
Haydock New Testament

Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired, and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you: Searching into what time, or manner of time, the Spirit of Christ should signify in them: foretelling those sufferings that are in Christ, and the glories that should follow: To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they ministered those things, which are now declared to you by those who have preached the gospel to you, the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.

Wherefore having the loins of your mind girded, being sober, hope perfectly for the grace which is offered you at the revelation of Jesus Christ: As children of obedience, not conformed to the former desires of your ignorance: But according to the holy one, who hath called you: be ye also holy in all conversation: For it is written: You shall be holy, because I am holy.

Psalm 97:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (Ps 98 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because he hath done wonderful things.
His right hand hath wrought for him salvation, and his arm is holy.
The Lord hath made known his salvation:
he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles.
He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Sing joyfully to God, all the earth; make melody, rejoice and sing.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint  Mark 10:28-31
Haydock New Testament

And Peter began to say to him:

Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee.

Jesus answering, said:

Amen, I say to you, there is no man, who hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, Who shall not receive a hundred times as much, now in this time; houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions: and in the world to come life everlasting. But many that are first, shall be last, and the last, first.


Haydock Commentary 1 Peter 1:10-16
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 11. Searching into what time, or manner of time. The ancient prophets with longing and ardent desires, obtained to know of the Holy Ghost, the spirit of Christ, the time and the glory that followed those sufferings, by Christ’s resurrection and ascension.  All these were revealed to them, and they saw that they ministered things to you, not to themselves; that is, that these things they were ministers of, in prophesying about them, were not to happen in their time, but are not come to pass, as they have been preached to you.  Wi.
  • Ver. 12. The Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.[2]  This place is differently expounded.  Some refer these words, on whom the Angels desire to look, to Jesus Christ, who was named in the foregoing verse; some to the Holy Ghost, who, being one God with the Father and the Son, the Angels are happy in seeing and loving him.  See Estius and the Greek text.  Wi.
  • Ver. 13. The loins of your mind girded. It is a metaphor, to signify they must live in such a manner as to be always prepared for heaven, as persons used to gird their garments about them, when about to walk or run, or to undertake any labour.  Wi.
  • Ver. 14. As children of obedience; i.e. as obedient children.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary Mark 10:28-31

  • Ver. 28. Although S. Peter had left but few things, he still calls them his all.  For small things have power of attaching us to them, and of exciting our passions; therefore he that forsakes his small possessions, shall be a partaker of the blessings of Jesus Christ.  Theophylactus.

Daily Scripture Readings Monday May 24 2010 8th Week of Ordinary Time

May 24 2010 Monday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time
Saint of the Day –
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

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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1 Peter 1:3-9
Haydock New Testament

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not, reserved in heaven for you, Who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

In which you shall greatly rejoice, now if ye must be for a little time, afflicted by divers temptations: That the trial of your faith, much more precious than gold, (which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing, shall rejoice with an unspeakable and glorified joy: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

Psalm 110:1-2, 5-6, 9 and 10c (Ps 111 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;
in the council of the just, and in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord: sought out according to all his wills.
He hath given food to them that fear him.
He will be mindful for ever of his covenant:
He will shew forth to his people the power of his works.
He hath sent redemption to his people:
he hath commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and terrible is his name:
His praise continueth for ever and ever.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint  Mark 10:17-27
Haydock New Testament

And when he was gone forth into the way, a certain man running up and kneeling before him, asked him:

Good Master, what shall I do that I may receive life everlasting?

And Jesus said to him:

Why callest thou me good?  None is good but one; that is God. Thou knowest the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, bear not false witness, do not fraud, honour thy father and mother.

But he answering, said to him:

Master, all these things I have observed from my youth.

And Jesus looking on him, loved him; and said to him:

One thing is wanting unto thee: go, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

But he being struck sad at the saying, went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looking round about, saith to his disciples:

How hardly shall they who have riches, enter into the kingdom of God!

And the disciples were astonished at his words.  But Jesus answering again, saith to them:

Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches, to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

They wondered the more, saying among themselves:

Who then can be saved?

And Jesus looking on them, saith:

With men it is impossible; but not with God: for all things are possible with God.

Haydock Commentary 1 Peter 1:3-9
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 4. Reserved in heaven for you. Lit. in you; that is, it is also in you by reason of that lively faith and hope, which is in you, of enjoying Christ.  Wi.
  • Ver. 7. At the appearing of Jesus Christ. Lit. in the revelation; i.e. when he shall be revealed, manifested, and appear at the day of judgment.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary Mark 10:17-27

  • Ver. 18. None is good. Of himself, entirely and essentially, but God alone:  men may be good also, but only by a participation of God’s goodness.  Ch.
  • Ver. 20. We must recollect, that to the faithful observers of the Mosaic law, not only present goods were given, but the happiness of a future life promised.  Hence our Lord with reason inquired, whether he had kept the commandments. The innocent life of this young man is deserving of our imitation.  Ven. Bede.
  • Ver. 21. Loved him. We need understand no more by this, than that Christ gave him some marks of his tenderness for him, and for all men by his kind instructions, and invitations to a good and perfect life.  Wi. — It is worthy of inquiry, how that could happen which the evangelist here mentions, how Jesus could love this young man; when, as it is here related, he did not follow the admonitions given him by Jesus Christ.  The reason is, Christ loved him for his past behaviour, and his strict observance of the old law.  S. Chrys. in S. Thom. Cat. aur.