Daily Scripture Readings Saturday July 31 2010 Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 2010 Saturday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24
DR Challoner

And the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes, and to all the people, saying:

The judgment of death is for this man: because he hath prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears.

Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes, and to all the people, saying:

The Lord sent me to prophesy concerning this house, and concerning this city all the words that you have heard. Now therefore amend your ways, and your doings, and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God: and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath spoken against you. But as for me, behold I am in your hands: do with me what is good and right in your eyes: But know ye, and understand, that if you put me to death, you will shed innocent blood against your own selves, and against this city, and the inhabitants thereof. For in truth the Lord sent me to you, to speak all these words in your hearing.

Then the princes, and all the people said to the priests, and to the prophets:

There is no judgment of death for this man: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.

So the hand of Ahicam the son of Saphan was with Jeremiah, that he should not be delivered into the hands of the people, to put him to death.

Responsorial Psalm 68:15-16, 30-31, 33-34 (Ps 69 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Draw me out of the mire,
that I may not stick fast:
deliver me from them that hate me,
and out of the deep waters.
Let not the tempest of water drown me,
nor the deep water swallow me up:
and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
But I am poor and sorrowful:
thy salvation, O God, hath set me up.
I will praise the name of God with a canticle:
and I will magnify him with praise.
Let the poor see and rejoice:
seek ye God, and your soul shall live.
For the Lord hath heard the poor:
and hath not despised his prisoners.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 14:1-12
Haydock New Testament

AT That time Herod, the tetrarch, heard of the fame of Jesus: And he said to his servant:

This is John the Baptist: he is risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works shew forth themselves in him.

For Herod had apprehended John, and bound him and put him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother’s wife. For John said to him:

It is not lawful for thee to have her.

And wishing to put him to death, he feared the people: because they esteemed him as a prophet. But on Herod’s birth-day, the daughter of Herodias danced before them: and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised, with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him. But she being instructed before by her mother, said:

Give me here in a dish the head of John the Baptist.

And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given. And he sent and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a dish: and it was given to the damsel, and she brought it to her mother. And his disciples came and took the body, and buried it, and came and told Jesus.

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Haydock Commentary Jeremias 26: 11-16, 24
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  • Ver. 15. Sent me. This was a complete justification.  C. — None could deny but Jeremias had all the characters of a true prophet.  v. 16.  H.
  • Ver. 16. All. The populace easily changes either for better or for worse.  W.
  • Ver. 24. Ahicam. A man employed under Josias, (4 K. xxii. 12.) and father of Godolias, who was also the protector of Jeremias.  C. xxxix. 14. and 4 K. xxv. 22.  C.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 14:1-12

  • Ver. 1. Tetrarch. This word, derived from the Greek, signifies one that rules over the fourth part of a kingdom: as Herod then ruled over Galilee, which was but the fourth part of the kingdom of his father.  Ch. S. John had been now imprisoned in the castle of Machærus about a year, at the instigation of Herodias.  It is very probable that before this he would have fallen a sacrifice to her vindictive temper, had it not been for the great personal respect in which (on account of the singular holiness of his life) he was held, not only by the people, but by Herod himself. Josephus, in his Antiquities of the Jews, gives the following account: This Herod, who was also called Antipas, was the son of Herod the great, by his sixth wife, Cleopatra, of Jerusalem.  A general opinion obtained among the Jews, that Herod’s discomfiture by the Parthians, was the effect of divine vengeance upon himself and his army, for the blood of John, surnamed the Baptist.  He was a man of immaculate character, whose object was to exhort the Jews to the practice of virtue and piety, point out the necessity of repentance, and hold forth by baptism the import of regeneration to a new life, which he made to consist, not in abstaining from a particular sin, but in an habitual purity of both mind and body.  Such was the influence of this great and good man, as appeared from the multitude of his disciples, and the veneration of his life and doctrines, that Herod was apprehensive of a revolt.  He therefore sent him bound to prison, where by the malice of Herodias, his brother’s wife, he was afterwards put to death, which inhuman act was shortly followed by the marked vengeance of heaven on its execrable author, as the Jews were firmly convinced.  B. xviii, c. vii. For Herod going to Rome, at the instigation of Herodias, expecting to be made king, was severely reproved by the emperor Caius, (Caligula) who transferred his tetrarchy to Agrippa, in consequence of which, Herod retired with his wife to Spain, and died in exile.  Wars of the Jews. B. ii, c. viii.  In the 18th book, and 9th chapter, Josephus says, the place of his exile was Lyons, in Gaul; that his goods were also confiscated, and that both himself and Herodias died in great misery.
  • Ver. 2. Risen from the dead. S. Jerom thinks these words are spoken by Herod ironically; but they are generally supposed to be his real sentiments, the dictates of a guilty conscience.  For he respected John, as appears from ver. 9, and was afraid he was returned to avenge his unjust murder.  Jans. Mighty works shew forth themselves in him,[1] or work in him. Wi.
  • Ver. 3. Because of Herodias, his brother’s wife. In the common Greek copies we read, his brother Philip’s wife, as it is in the Latin in S. Mark, vi. 17.  Wi. He is a different person from Philip the tetrarch, mentioned in S. Luke. iii. 1.  V.
  • Ver. 5. He feared the people. The fear of God corrects us, the fear of man restrains us, but removeth not the desire of evil.  Hence it renders such as have been restrained by it for a time, more eager afterwards to indulge their evil propensities.  Glossa.
  • Ver. 7. He promised. Wicked promises and wicked oaths are not binding.  That promise is wicked, in which the thing promised is wicked, and that oath in not binding, by which impiety is promoted.  S. Isidore.
  • Ver. 9. Yet because of his oath, which could not bind him, being unjust.  Wi. See the preposterous religion of this wicked prince.  He feels no remorse for his impious conduct to his brother and his own wife; murder, adultery, and incest do not appal him; and yet he is terrified with the thought of violating a vain and wicked oath on no occasion and in no circumstances obligatory.  Herod did wrong in taking such a rash oath, but he did worse in fulfilling it.  Jans. David swore to Nabal.  He swore rashly; but with greater piety, he refused to keep his oath.  Perhaps it is because Catholics inculcate this principle, that they have been accused by their adversaries of teaching that faith is not to be kept, and also the doctrine of expediency.  A.
  • Ver. 11. His head was brought. How wonderful are the ways of the Almighty towards his servants!  He permits them in this life to be afflicted, and to be given up to the will of the impious, because he knows this is good for them, and beneficial to their eternal salvation.  We behold here S. John, the precursor of the Messias, who is declared by our Saviour to be the most distinguished personage ever born of woman, cast into prison, and, after a year’s confinement, slain at the request of an impious vile adulteress.  How can any one be heard to complain of the small trials to which he may be exposed for the faith of Christ, when he beholds so eminent a servant of God suffering so much in the same cause.  Dion. Carth.

Daily Scripture Readings Friday July 30 2010 17th Week in Ordinary Time

July 30 2010 Friday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jeremiah 26:1-9
DR Challoner

In the beginning of the reign of Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda, came this word from the Lord, saying:

Thus saith the Lord: stand in the court of the house of the Lord, and speak to all the cities of Juda, out of which they come, to adore in the house of the Lord, all the words which I have commanded thee to speak unto them: leave not out one word. If so be they will hearken and be converted every one from his evil way; that I may repent me of the evil that I think to do unto them for the wickedness of their doings. And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord: If you will not hearken to me to walk in my law, which I have given you: To give ear to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I sent to you rising up early: and sending, and you have not hearkened: I will make this house like Silo: and I will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

And the priests, and the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord. And when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests, and the prophets, and all the people laid hold on him, saying:

Let him be put to death. Why hath he prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying: This house shall be like Silo; and this city shall be made desolate, without an inhabitant?

And all the people were gathered together against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm 68:5, 8-10, 14 (Ps 69 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

They are multiplied above the hairs of my head,
who hate me without cause.
My enemies are grown strong
who have wrongfully persecuted me:
then did I pay that which I took not away.
Because for thy sake I have borne reproach;
shame hath covered my face.
I am become a stranger to my brethren,
and an alien to the sons of my mother.
For the zeal of thy house hath eaten me up:
and the reproaches of them that reproached thee
are fallen upon me.
But as for me, my prayer is to thee, O Lord;
for the time of thy good pleasure, O God.
In the multitude of thy mercy hear me,
in the truth of thy salvation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:54-58
Haydock New Testament

And coming into his own country he taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered, and said:

How came this man by this wisdom, and miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary; and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath he all these things?

And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them:

A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

Haydock Commentary Jeremiah 26:1-9
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  • Ver. 1. Beginning, after Joakim had reigned some time.  v. 21.
  • Ver. 2. Word. This example all pastors should follow, in the midst of dangers.  C.
  • Ver. 3. If. God is not ignorant, (C.) but he preserves man’s free-will.  S. Jer. — He threatens conditionally, if people persist in evil.  W.
  • Ver. 6. Silo. C. vii. 12.  C. — Curse. No greater punishment could be threatened or endured in this world.  H.
  • Ver. 8. Death. The pretext was plausible, as God seemed to have promised the temple an eternal duration.  3 K. ix. 3.  The Jews accused Christ of the like crime.  Mat. xxvi. 61.  Such questions were brought before the sanhedrim and priests.  C. xxvi. 57.  But the latter are here (C.) the chief accusers with “the false prophets.”  Sept.  H. — The princes, moved by the elders, (v. 17.) acquit the prophet, (C.) at the persuasion of Ahicam.  v. 24.  Several priests would probably judge along with the other princes, as the examination of impostors belonged chiefly to their tribunal.  H. — All is often used for most part.  W.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:54-58

  • Ver. 55. Is not this the carpenter’s son?[1]  I find carpenter in all translations, though the Greek word signifies, in general, a workman or craftsman.  The Latin is also a general word, which of itself signifies no more a carpenter than a smith. But the common belief of the faithful is, that S. Joseph was a carpenter, which may be confirmed by what Theodoret relates (l. iii. Hist. c. xviii.) of one Libanius, under Julian the apostate, who asking scornfully of a holy man, what the carpenter’s son was doing at that time? the holy man made him this smart reply, that he was making a coffin for Julian; who was killed not long after.  Wi. O! how truly astonishing is the stupidity of the Nazareans!  They wonder whence wisdom itself possesses wisdom, and virtue itself virtue.  The reason is evident: they only considered him as the son of a carpenter.  S. Jer. Was not David the son of an husbandman, and Amos a shepherd?  They should then have honoured our Lord, when they heard him speak in this manner.  What wonderful mildness in Christ!  Though calumniated and reviled, he still answers with the greatest humility and charity, a prophet is not without honour, save in his own country. v. 57.  S. Chrys. ex D. Tho. Aquin. His brethren. These were the children of Mary, the wife of Cleophas, sister of our blessed Lady; (Mat. xxviii. 56.  John xix. 25.) and therefore, according to the usual style of the Scripture, they were called brethren, that is, near relations to our Saviour.  Ch.

Daily Scripture Readings Thursday July 29 2010 Memorial of Saint Martha

July 29 2010 Thursday Memorial of St Martha
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Jeremiah 18:1-6
DR Challoner

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:

Arise, and go down into the potter’s house, and there thou shalt hear my words.

And I went down into the potter’s house, and behold he was doing a work on the wheel. And the vessel was broken which he was making of clay with his hands: and turning he made another vessel, as it seemed good in his eyes to make it.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Cannot I do with you, as this potter, O house of Israel, saith the Lord? behold as clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm 145:2-6 (Ps 146:1b-6ab NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Praise the Lord, O my soul,
in my life I will praise the Lord:
I will sing to my God as long as I shall be.
Put not your trust in princes:
In the children of men,
in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth:
in that day all their thoughts shall perish.
Blessed is he who hath the God of Jacob for his helper,
whose hope is in the Lord his God:
Who made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all things that are in them.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint John 11:19-27
Haydock New Testament
There is an alternative reading below

And many of the Jews were come to Martha, and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Martha, therefore, as soon as she heard that Jesus was come, went to meet him: but Mary sat at home. Martha therefore said to Jesus:

Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died: But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

Jesus saith to her;

Thy brother shall rise again.

Martha saith to him;

I know that he shall rise again, in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said to her;

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live: And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this?

She saith to him;

Yea, Lord, I have believed that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.

Alternate
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 10:38-42
Haydock New Testament

Now it came to pass as they went, that he entered into a certain town: and a certain woman, named Martha, received him into her house: And she had a sister, called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord’s feet, heard his word. But Martha was busy about much serving: who stood, and said:

Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? speak to her, therefore, that she help me.

And the Lord answering, said to her:

Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled by many things. But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 18:1-6
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  • Ver. 2. Potter’s. Thus God would shew his dominion over all.  Rom. ix. 21.
  • Ver. 3. Wheel. Heb. “stones.”  Sept. “seats;” or “wheel.”  Chal.  Ex. i. 16.  See Eccle. xxxviii. 32.  C.
  • Ver. 4. Broken. So Providence ordered it.  S. Jer. — How should this idea humble man!  C. — A potter may mould afresh the clay as long as it is soft, but God can change the hardest heart.  W.

Haydock Commentary John 11:19-27

  • Ver. 21. If thou hast been here. These words shew that the faith of the two sisters was but weak; as if the Son of God was not everywhere: or as if he could not restore him to life when dead and buried.  Wi. Martha believed in Christ, but not as she ought to have done.   She did not yet believe him to be God, but addressed him as one who is remarkable for virtue, and approved of by heaven.  S. Chrys. hom. 61. in Joan.
  • Ver. 23. Thy brother shall rise again. Martha took  notice that Christ did not express, whether immediately, or at the general resurrection, which she and the Jews generally believed.  Wi.
  • Ver. 25. I am the resurrection, and the life. That is, the author of both.  Wi. I am the resurrection, I am he who will at the last day raise him up; I can, therefore, if I will, raise him up now also.  S. Aust.
  • Ver. 27. Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. Martha breaks out into an act of perfect faith.  See C. i. v. 49.  Wi.

Haydock Commentary Luke 10:38-42

  • Ver. 40. Calvin here ridicules the professors of evangelical poverty, because they gather from this place that there are two states of life, viz. the active and the contemplative, figured by Martha and Mary.  But what will he answer, when he is informed, that this is the opinion not merely of monks, but even of a S. Austin, (Serm. xxvii, De verbis Domini,) of a S. Jerom, (Com. 3 cap. of Jeremiah,) of a S. Greg. and many others?  Not that they were ignorant that there was another more natural explanation; but they were of opinion that nothing could be found more proper for the illustration of these different states of life.  Maldonatus.
  • Ver. 42. One thing is necessary. Some think that Christ’s meaning was, that Martha was preparing many dishes, when one was sufficient.  But others, that this one thing necessary, was to learn, and comply with the will of God; which Mary was employed about.  Wi.

Sunday Scripture Readings August 1 2010 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 1 2010 Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
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Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Douay-Rheims Challoner

Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity.

For when a man laboureth in wisdom, and knowledge, and carefulness, he leaveth what he hath gotten to an idle man: so this also is vanity, and a great evil. For what profit shall a man have of all his labour, and vexation of spirit, with which he hath been tormented under the sun? All his days are full of sorrows and miseries, even in the night he doth not rest in mind: and is not this vanity?

Responsorial Psalm 89:3-6, 12-14, 17 (Ps 90 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Turn not man away to be brought low:
and thou hast said: Be converted, O ye sons of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are as yesterday, which is past.
And as a watch in the night,
Things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.
In the morning man shall grow up like grass;
in the morning he shall flourish and pass away:
in the evening he shall fall, grow dry, and wither.
Can number thy wrath? So make thy right hand known:
and men learned in heart, in wisdom.
Return, O Lord, how long? and be entreated in favour of thy servants.
We are filled in the morning with thy mercy:
and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.
And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us:
and direct thou the works of our hands over us;
yea, the work of our hands do thou direct.

Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Haydock NT

Therefore, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above: where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God: Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear, who is your life: then shall you also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols:

Lie not one to another: stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds. And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him, who created him. Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond or free: but Christ is all, and in all.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Luke 12:13-31
Haydock New Testament

And one of the multitude said to him:

Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.

But he said to him:

Man, who hath made me a judge or divider over you?

And he said to them:

Take heed and beware of all covetousness: for a man’s life doth not consist in the abundance of things which he possesseth.

And he spoke a similitude to them, saying:

The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits. And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no place to lay up together my fruits? And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater: and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods. And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thy rest, eat, drink, make good cheer. But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.

And he said to his disciples:

Therefore I say to you: Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat: nor for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than the food, and the body is more than the raiment. Consider the ravens, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, neither have they store-house, nor barn, and God feedeth them.  How much are you more valuable than they?

And which of you by thinking can add to his stature one cubit? If then you are not able to do even the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin.  But I say to you, not even Solomon, in all his glory, was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven: how much more you, O ye of little faith?

And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high: For all these things do the nations of the world seek.  But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.

Haydock Commentary Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
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  • Ver. 2. Vanities. Most vain and despicable, (C.) and frustrating the expectations of men.  M. — S. Aug. reads vanitantium, and infers that this vanity of sublunary things is an effect of man’s sin.  Yet he afterwards discovered that he had read incorrectly.  Ret. i. 7.
  • ECCLESIASTES 2
  • CHAPTER II.
  • Ver. 21. Wisdom. The writings of the wise are often perverted by perverse heretics.  S. Jer. — Idle heirs dissipate the possessions, which had been accumulated with such industry.  C. — Riches tend to encourage the profligacy of the heir.  M.

Haydock Commentary Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11

  • Ver. 1. Here begins the second or the moral part of this epistle. — If you be risen, &c.  The remaining part of this epistle has no great difficulties, but excellent instructions, as that to the Ephesians.  Wi.
  • Ver. 5. Your members, . . . fornication, uncleanness, &c.  He considers man’s body as made up of sins and sinful inclinations.  Wi. — It is not to bring back Judaism we practise abstinences and fasts, nor with the same motive as the Jews, but to accomplish the precepts of mortifying the irregular desires of the flesh among which gluttony must find a place.  In a mortified body sensuality is more easily subdued.  A.
  • Ver. 10. According to the image of him who created him. We are created to the image of God, inasmuch as our souls are spiritual and immortal, but here we are put in mind to imitate God by sanctity and justice, as God is holy and the fountain of justice.  Wi. — The image or resemblance of our Creator was effaced by sin, but is retraced by Jesus Christ, who forms in us this new man.  V.
  • Ver. 11. Where, or in which state, when we put on the new man by sanctity and grace, God makes no distinction betwixt Jew and Gentile, &c.  Wi. — In the Church of Christ God makes no exception of persons; all are called to the marriage feast, whether Jews (formerly the most favoured people of God) or Greeks, (who were reckoned the most polite, or learned) or Barbarians, or Scythians: (who are esteemed the most cruel and ferocious of men) still these are called; Christ died for all.  Calmet. — In S. Paul’s epistles, by the Greeks are usually designated the Gentiles.  V.

Haydock Commentary Luke 12:13-31

  • Ver. 13. The inheritance. This man might think, that Jesus being the Messias, would act like a king and a judge.  Wi. — Speak to my brother, &c.  See in this the spirit of this world, at the very time Jesus is teaching disinterestedness, and the contempt of riches, he is interrupted by a man, who begs him to interfere in a temporal concern: deaf to every thing else, this man can think of his temporal interest only.  Calmet. — He begged half an inheritance on earth; the Lord offered him a whole one in heaven: he gave him more than he asked for.  S. Aug..
  • Ver. 14. Judge, &c.  Our Saviour does not here mean to say that he or his Church had not authority to judge, as the Anabaptists foolishly pretend; for he was appointed by his Father, the King of kings, and the Lord and Judge of all.  He only wished to keep himself as much detached as possible from worldly concerns: 1. Not to favour the opinion of the carnal Jews, who expected a powerful king for the Messias.  2. To shew that the ecclesiastical ministry was entirely distinct from political government, and that he and his ministers were sent not to take care of earthly kingdoms, but to seek after and prepare men for a heavenly inheritance.  S. Ambrose, Euthymius, Ven. Bede.
  • Ver. 19. Much goods, &c.  It is evident how far this poor man was mistaken, when he called these things goods, which with more reason ought to be esteemed evils.  The only things that can rightly be called goods, are humility, modesty, and its other attendants.  The opposite to these ought to be esteemed evils; and riches we ought to consider as indifferent.  S. Chrys.
  • Ver. 22. Therefore I say to you, &c.  Our Lord proceeds step by step in his discourse, to inculcate more perfect virtue.  He had before exhorted us to guard ourselves against the fatal rocks of avarice, and then subjoined the parable of the rich man; thereby insinuating what folly that man is guilty of, who applies all his thoughts solely to the amassing of riches.  He next proceeds to inform us that we should not be solicitous even for the necessities of life: wishing by this discourse to eradicate our wicked propensity to avarice.  Theophy.
  • Ver. 29. And be not lifted up on high.[1]  S. Aug. (l. ii. QQ. Evang. q. 29. t. 3, part 4, p. 257.) expounds it thus: do not value yourselves for the plenty and variety you have of things to eat.  Others, by the Greek, look upon it as a metaphor, taken from meteors in the air, that appear high, and as it were in suspense whether to remain there or to fall down; so that they expound it: be not distracted and disturbed with various thoughts and cares how to live.  Wi.

Daily Scripture Readings Wednesday July 28 2010 17th Week in Ordinary Time

July 28 2010 Wednesday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21
DR Challoner

Woe is me, my mother: why hast thou borne me a man of strife, a man of contention to all the earth? I have not lent on usury, neither hath any man lent to me on usury: yet all curse me.

Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was to me a joy and gladness of my heart: for thy name is called upon me, O Lord God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of jesters, nor did I make a boast of the presence of thy hand: I sat alone, because thou hast filled me with threats. Why is my sorrow become perpetual, and my wound desperate so as to refuse to be healed? it is become to me as the falsehood of deceitful waters that cannot be trusted.

Therefore thus saith the Lord:

If thou wilt be converted, I will convert thee, and thou shalt stand before my face; and thou wilt separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: they shall be turned to thee, and thou shalt not be turned to them. And I will make thee to this people as a strong wall of brass: and they shall fight against thee, and shall not prevail: for I am with thee to save thee, and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the mighty.

Responsorial Psalm 58:2-4, 10-11, 17-18 (Ps 59 NAB)
DR Challoner Text Only

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
and defend me from them that rise up against me.
Deliver me from them that work iniquity,
and save me from bloody men.
For behold they have caught my soul:
the mighty have rushed in upon me:
I will keep my strength to thee:
for thou art my protector:
My God, his mercy shall prevent me.
But I will sing thy strength:
and will extol thy mercy in the morning.
For thou art become my support,
and my refuge, in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my helper, will I sing,
for thou art God my defence:
my God my mercy.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:44-46
Haydock New Testament

Jesus said:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy therefore goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 15:10, 16-21
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  • Ver. 10. Strife. Jeremias was under continual persecution, (M.) yet ceased not to reprimand the wicked.  H. — Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit. Cic. — Usury. Such people are exposed to contention.  M.
  • Ver. 16. Eat them. I received them most cordially, (Ezec. iii. 1.  H.) as one who is hungry. — Upon me. I was recognized as the prophet of the Lord.
  • Ver. 17. Jesters, who deride religion, (Ps. i. 1.) or sport away their time.  C. — Hand, through vanity.  Lit. and I boast of.”  H. — I rejoiced in suffering, as this prophet.  Many (C.) supply nor from the former part of the sentence.  M. — Threats. I could not refrain from admonishing the people of their ways, (H.) which I would not countenance by my presence.  C. — All indeed kept at a distance from me.
  • Ver. 18. Trusted. It is not cured as soon as might be expected.  H. — It continually breaks out again, (M.) like a bog not properly drained.  H. — Heb. “Thou art become,” &c.  Chal. “break not thy promise, as,” &c.  Do not reject me when I stand most in need of redress.  C. — My hopes seem (H.) vain.  W.
  • Ver. 19. Converted, and cease to fear the people; (C.) and confide in my precious words, (H.) despising the vile threats of the people.  M. — Mouth; interpreter.  Ex. iv. 16.  Chal. “If thou wilt recall the wicked into the way of justice, though shalt fulfill my will.”  See S. Jer. in Ps. cv. 32. — To thee. Thus Sedecias and the people acted, C. xxi. 1. and xlii. 2.  C. — The prophet must not give way to sinners, but hey must be reclaimed.  W.
  • Ver. 21. Mighty; Chaldees.  Providence watched over Jeremias, amid all his enemies.  C.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:44-46

  • Ver. 44. Like unto a treasure. This hidden treasure is the gospel of Christ, which conducts to the kingdom of heaven.  Thus he who by the knowledge which the gospel affords, has found the kingdom of heaven, should purchase it at the expense of every thing most near and dear to him: he cannot pay to great a price for his purchase.
  • Ver. 46. This eternal kingdom faith opens to your view, but it does not put you in possession without good works.  V.

Daily Scripture Readings Tuesday July 27 2010 17th Week in Ordinary Time

July 27 2010 Tuesday Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
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Jeremiah 14:17-22
DR Challoner

And thou shalt speak this word to them:

Let my eyes shed down tears night and day, and let them not cease, because the virgin daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction, with an exceeding grievous evil. If I go forth into the fields, behold the slain with the sword: and if I enter into the city, behold them that are consumed with famine. The prophet also and the priest are gone into a land which they knew not.

Hast thou utterly cast away Juda, or hath thy soul abhorred Sion? why then hast thou struck us, so that there is no healing for us? we have looked for peace, and there is no good: and for the time of healing, and behold trouble. We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, the iniquities of our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. Give us not to be a reproach, for thy name’s sake, and do not disgrace in us the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the graven things of the Gentiles that can send rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou the Lord our God, whom we have looked for? for thou hast made all these things.

Responsorial Psalm 78:8-9, 11 and 13 (Ps 79 NAB/Hebrew)
DR Challoner Text Only

Remember not our former iniquities:
let thy mercies speedily prevent us,
for we are become exceeding poor.
Help us, O God, our saviour:
and for the glory of thy name, O Lord, deliver us:
and forgive us our sins for thy name’s sake:
Let the sighing of the prisoners come in before thee.
According to the greatness of thy arm,
take possession of the children of them
that have been put to death.
But we thy people, and the sheep of thy pasture,
will give thanks to thee for ever.
We will shew forth thy praise,
unto generation and generation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:36-43
Haydock New Testament

Then having sent away the multitudes, he came into the house, and his disciples came to him, saying:

Explain to us the parable of the cockle in the field.

He made answer, and said to them:

He that soweth the good seed, is the Son of man. And the field is the world.  And the good seed are the children of the kingdom.

And the cockle are the children of the wicked one. And the enemy that sowed them, is the devil.  But the harvest is the end of the world.  And the reapers are the angels. Even as cockle therefore is gathered up, and burnt with fire, so shall it be at the end of the world. The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Haydock Commentary Jeremias 14:17-22
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  • Ver. 17. My. Sept. “your eyes.”  Jeremias shews by his tears the future misery.  C. — Virgin. Though many were sinners, the Church had some just souls.  W.
  • Ver. 18. Famine. Under Jechonias many were slain, and the chiefs carried into captivity.  4 K. xxiv. 12. — Into. Heb. “through the land, and are ignorant.”  Chal. “they apply to their business, to earthly concerns, and care not.”  C. v. 31.
  • Ver. 21. Glory; heaven, the temple or Jerusalem.  How will infidels blaspheme!
  • Ver. 22. Rain. Let not the people have recourse to idols, (C.) in despair.  H.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:36-43

  • Nothing. Catena Aurea to the rescue

Catena Aurea Matthew 13:36-43
From Catechetics Online

  • CHRYS; The Lord had spoken to the multitude in parable that He might induce them to ask Him of their meaning yet, though He had spoken so many things in parables no man had yet asked Him anything, and therefore He sends them away; Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house. None of the Scribes followed Him here, from which it is clear that they followed Him for no other purpose than that they might catch Him in His discourse.
  • JEROME; The Lord sends away the multitude, and enters the house that His disciples might come to Him and ask Him privately of those things which the people neither deserved to hear, nor were able.
  • RABAN; Figuratively; Having sent away the multitude of unquiet Jews, He enters the Church of the Gentiles, and there expounds to believers heavenly sacraments, whence it follows, And his disciples came to him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.
  • CHRYS; Before, though desirous to learn, they had feared to ask; but now they ask freely and confidently because they had heard, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of heaven; and therefore they ask when alone, not envying the multitude to whom it was not so given. They pass over the parables of the leaven and the mustard seed as plain; and ask concerning the parable of the tares, which has some agreement with the foregoing parable concerning the seed, and shows somewhat more than that. And accordingly the Lord expounds it to them, as it follows, He answered and said to them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man.
  • REMIG. The Lord styles Himself the Son of Man, that in that title He might set an example of humility; or perhaps because it was to come to pass that certain heretics would deny Him to be really man; or that through belief in His Humanity we might ascend to knowledge of His Divinity.
  • CHRYS; The field is the world. Seeing it is He that sows His own field, it is plain that this present world is His. It follows, The good seed are the children of the kingdom.
  • REMIG; That is, the saints, and elect men, who are counted as sons.
  • AUG; The tares the Lord expounds to mean, not as Manichaeus interprets, certain spurious parts inserted among the true Scriptures, but all the children of the Evil one, that is, the imitators of the fraud of the Devil. As it follows, The tares are the children of the evil one, by whom He would have us understand all the wicked and impious.
  • ID; For all weeds among corn are called tares. It follows, The enemy who sowed this is the Devil.
  • CHRYS; For this is part of the wiles of the Devil, to be ever mixing up truth with error. The harvest is the end of the world. In another place He says, speaking of the Samaritans, Lift up your eyes, and consider the fields that they are already white for the harvest; and again, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few, in which words He speaks of the harvest as being already present. How then does He here speak of it as something yet to come? Because He has used the figure of the harvest in two significations, as He says there that it is one that sows, and another that reaps; but here it is the same who both sows and reaps indeed there He brings forward the Prophets, not to distinguish them from Himself, but from the Apostles, for Christ Himself by His Prophets sowed among the Jews and Samaritans. The figure of harvest is thus applied to two different things. Speaking of first conviction and turning to the faith, He calls that the harvest, as that in which the whole is accomplished; but when He inquires into the fruits ensuing upon the hearing the word of God, then He calls the end of the world the harvest, as here.
  • REMIG; By the harvest is denoted the day of judgment, in which the good are to he separated from the evil; which will be done by the ministry of Angels, as it is said below, that the Son of Man shall come to judgment with His Angels. As then the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this world.
    • The Son of man shall send forth his Angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all offenses, and them which do iniquity.
  • AUG; Out of that kingdom in which are no offenses? The kingdom then is His kingdom which is here, namely, the Church.
  • ID; That the tares are first separated, signifies that by tribulation the wicked shall be separated from the righteous; and this is understood to be performed by good Angels, because the good can discharge duties of punishment with a good spirit, as a judge, or as the Law, but the wicked cannot fulfill offices of mercy.
  • CHRYS; Or we may understand it of the kingdom of the heavenly Church; and then there will be held out here a two-fold punishment; first that they fall from glory as that is said, And they shall gather out of his kingdom all offenses, to the end, that no offenses should be seen in His kingdom; and then that they burned. And they shall cast them into a furnace of fire.
  • JEROME; The offenses are to be referred to the tares.
  • GLOSS; The offenses, and, them that do iniquity, are to be distinguished as heretics and schismatics; the offenses referring to heretics; while by them that do iniquity are to be understood Schismatics. Otherwise; By offenses may be understood those that give their neighbor an occasion of falling, by those that do iniquity all other sinners.
  • RABAN; Observe, He says, Those that do iniquity, not, those who have done; because not they who have turned to penitence, but they only that abide in their sins are to be delivered to eternal torments.
  • CHRYS; Behold the unspeakable love of God towards men! He is ready to show mercy, slow to punish; when He sows, He sows Himself; when He punishes, He punishes by others, sending His Angels to that. It follows, There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  • REMIG; In these words is shown the reality of the resurrection of the body; and further, the twofold pains of hell, extreme heat, and extreme cold. And as the offenses are referred to the tares, so the righteous are reckoned among the children of the kingdom; concerning whom it follows, Then the righteous shall shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. For in the present world the light of the saints shines before men, but after the consummation of all things, the righteous themselves shall shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
  • CHRYS; Not that they shall not shine with higher brightness, but because we know no degree of brightness that surpasses that of the sun, therefore He uses an example adapted to our understanding.
  • REMIG; That He says, Then shall they shine, implies that they now shine for an example to others, but they shall then shine as the sun to the praise of God. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
  • RABAN; That is, Let him understand who has understanding, because all these things are to be understood mystically, and not literally.

Daily Scripture Readings Monday July 26 2010 Memorial of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

July 26 2010 Monday Saint Joachim and Saint Anne,
parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Jeremiah 13:1-11
DR Challoner

Thus saith the Lord to me:

Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and thou shalt put it about thy loins, and shalt not put it into water.

And I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it about my loins. And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying:

Take the girdle which thou hast got, which is about thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

And I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me. And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said to me:

Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from thence the girdle, which I commanded thee to hide there.

And I went to the Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle out of the place where I had hid it and behold the girdle was rotten, so that it was fit for no use. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Thus saith the Lord:

After this manner will I make the pride of Juda, and the great pride of Jerusalem to rot. This wicked people, that will not hear my words, and that walk in the perverseness of their heart, and have gone after strange gods to serve them, and to adore them: and they shall be as this girdle ,which is fit for no use. For as the girdle sticketh close to the loins of a man, so have I brought close to me all the house of Israel, and all the house of Juda, saith the Lord: that they might be my people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

Deuteronomy 32:18-21
DR Challoner

Thou hast forsaken the God that begot thee,
and hast forgotten the Lord that created thee.
The Lord saw, and was moved to wrath:
because his own sons and daughters provoked him.
And he said: I will hide my face from them,
and will consider what their last end shall be:
for it is a perverse generation, and unfaithful children.
They have provoked me with that which was no god,
and have angered me with their vanities:
and I will provoke them with that which is no people,
and will vex them with a foolish nation.

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Saint Matthew 13:31-35
Haydock New Testament

Another parable he proposed to them, saying:

The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown up, it is greater than any herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come, and dwell in the branches thereof.

Another parable he spoke to them:

The kingdom of heaven is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, until the whole was leavened. All these things Jesus spoke in parables to the multitudes: and without parables he did not speak to them. That the word might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden from the foundation of the world.

Haydock Commentary Jeremiah 13:1-11
Notes Copied From Haydock Commentary Site

  • Ver. 1. Girdle, usually worn by women.  S. Jer.  Ex. xxviii. 42. — It denoted the Jews, who became more corrupt during the captivity; (v. 7. 11.) so that God delivered them out of his pure mercy.  Thus He explains this prophetical action.  C. — Loins. God cherished his people.  M. — Water. He made choice of them when they were rough and deformed.  S. Jer. — Their sins cause their ruin.  H.
  • Ver. 4. Euphrates, above 150 leagues distant.  Some think this was only to be done in spirit: but it is generally supposed that the prophet made this long journey twice.  Bochart suggests that Euphrates (Heb. Peratha) may be put for Ephrata, or Bethlehem, as the first syllable is often cut off.  C. — Yet a journey to the Euphrates would represent more strikingly the destination of the people; and it would not be difficult for God to convey Jeremias thither in a short time, if requisite, as he sent Habacuc through the air to carry a dinner to Daniel; (xiv. 32.) though this supposition is not here necessary, as the labour to which Jeremias was repeatedly exposed, might shew the people their manifold transgressions and captivities.  H. — Such prophetic actions make a deeper impression than words.  Heb. i.  The ingratitude of the people is here described, to C. xxi.  W.
  • Ver. 9. Rot. I will bring them low.  M. — They shall see that all their dependance must be on the divine mercy.
  • Ver. 11. Glory; that they might serve me for the edification of the world.

Haydock Commentary Deuteronomy 32:18-21

Ver. 18. Created. Sept. “gave thee food.”  Heb. “of the rock that begat thee, thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee, (H.) or praises thee,” the source of thy felicity.  C. — Calvin (Instit. i. 11. 9,) to insinuate that Catholics adore pictures, as the Israelites did the golden calf, pretends that they could not have forgotten that God delivered them out of Egypt.  Thus he contradicts the Scriptures!  W.

Ver. 19. Daughters. The women of Israel, who were not less addicted to idolatry than the men.  H.

Ver. 20. From them. The Jews themselves acknowledged, in the siege of Jerusalem, that God had abandoned and given up to destruction his once beloved people.  Joseph. Bel. vii. 8.  C. — Consider, or look on their utter ruin with indifference, or rather with complacency.  H. — I will laugh at your destruction. Prov. i. 16.  C. — God loves without seeing any preceding merit in his creatures, but he never abandons them till they have first proved unfaithful.  W.

Ver. 21. Vanities. Sept. “idols.”  H. — Nation. The Gentiles were of this description, when they were called to the true faith.  This excited the indignation of the Jews, as they would neither enter heaven themselves, nor suffer others to obtain that happiness.  Rom. i. 19.  Theod. q. 41.  “An association bound together by law, constitutes a nation.  A multitude which has no laws, or bad ones, is unworthy of the name.”   Grot. — The Jews looked upon all others with sovereign contempt.  C. — Now, in their turn, they are despised.  W.

Haydock Commentary Matthew 13:31-35

  • Ver. 32. The least of all seeds. That is, it is one of the least seeds; but in hot countries it is observed to grow to a considerable height, and to become a bush or a little tree.  Wi. The gospel of Christ, compared in this verse to the grain of mustard seed, has indeed little show of grandeur and human greatness.  S. Paul calls it a scandal to the Jew, and a stumbling block to the Gentile.  But Jesus Christ here assures us, that when it has been spread and promulgated by his ambassadors, viz. the apostles, it shall surpass every other mode of instruction both in fame and extent.  S. Amb.  S. Jer.  S. Aug.
  • Ver. 33. In three measures.  Sata, the word here used, was a particular Hebrew measure, which corresponds not to any particular measure that we make use of, and therefore I have put measures, as it is in other English translations.  See Walton de Ponderibus & mensuris, before his first tome. p. 42.  Wi. It was the Seah of the Jews, the third part of the Epha, and contained about ten pints, and appears to be the ordinary quantity they baked at a time.  V. By the woman here mentioned, S. Jerom understands the Church gathered from all nations; or the power and wisdom of God, according to S. Augustine.
  • Ver. 35. By the prophet. It is taken from Psalm lxxvii. 2.  S. Jerom remarks that many copies have, Isaias, the prophet, but supposes that the evangelist wrote, Asaph, the prophet, to whom the title of this psalm seems to attribute it; but it was probably chanted by Asaph, and composed by David, who is simply characterized under the name of prophet, because he prophesied in composing his canticles.  V.