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Lesson III.

which, inspired by the grace of God, REMEMBER , what I suggested we shall readily attain unto, if we

about the thirty-eight years of refer in our consideration to the the impotent man's sickness. I wish things told us a little before. For to explain why thirty-eight is the the Saviour of mankind, JESUS CHRIST, number of sickness rather than of building up that faith which calleth health. Therefore, as I was saying, the ungodly to righteousness and the Charity fulfilleth the law : for the dead to life again, so impressed His number forty pertaineth to the fulness disciples with the instructions of His of the love in all its works. But in doctrine and the miracles of His charity two precepts are set before us. works, that that same CHRIST was Thou shalt love the LORD thy God believed by them to be both the Only. with all thy heart, and with all thy begotten Son of God and the Son of soul, and with all thy mind : and, Man. For one of these is of no use, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy- as regards salvation, withont the self. On these two commandments other; and it is equally dangerous to hang all the law and the prophets. believe the LORD JESUS CHRIST to Well did that widow cast all her be God alone and not Man, or living, two mites into the offerings of Man alone and not God: since both God; well did the host take two must be equally confessed : because pence by which the sick man, wounded even as the Very Humanity dwelt in by thieves, might be healed; well did God, so Very Godhead dwelt in the JESUS abide two days among the Man. Samaritans to confirm them in R. Rend your hearts. p. cxxiii. charity. The two-fold numbers, then, when any thing good is signified,

Lesson II. chiefly setteth forth two-fold charity. THEREFORE to confirm the most If then the number forty hath the

healthful knowledge of this faith, completeness of the Law, and the the LORD asked His disciples what, Law is not fulfilled except in the twin among so many divers opinions of precept of charity; why shouldest others, they themselves believed conthou ‘marvel that he was sick who cerning Him, and what they thought? lacked two of the forty ?

When Peter the Apostle, rising above Ry. The time of fasting, p. cxxii.

corporeal things by the revelation of

the FATHER Most High, and reaching SATURDAY.

beyond things human, beheld with the Ember Day.

eyes of the mind the Son of the Living

God, and confessed the glory of the The Holy Gospel according to Godhead: (for He looked not alone at S. Matthew.

the substance of the Flesh and Blood,) Lesson I. S. Matt. xvii. so well pleasing did he become in this AT that time : Jesus taketh Peter, loftiness of faith, that he was rewarded

James, and John his brother, and with the bliss of being pronounced bringeth them up into a high moun

blessed: and received the sacred firmtain apart, and was transfigured be- ness of a rock that cannot be moved. fore them. And that which follows.

Founded on this, the Church was to

prevail against the gates of hell and A Homily of S. Leo the Pope.

the laws of death, and in all matters The Gospel lesson which, entering of binding or loosing, nothing would through our bodily ears, knocketh for be decreed in heaven, other than what admission to the inner hearing of our had been settled by the decision of minds, calleth us, most dearly be- Peter. loved, to understand a great mystery : Ry. Deal thy bread. p.


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Lesson III.

before I die. And Rebekah heard BUT, dearly beloved, the height of when Isaac spake to Esau his son.

understanding so worthy of our And Esau went to the field to hunt praise, was instructed by the mystery for venison, and to bring it. And of the inferior substances ; lest the Rebekah_spake unto Jacob her son, faith of the Apostles, raised aloft to saying, Behold, I heard thy father the confession of the Godhead in speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, CHRIST, might deem the taking upon Bring me venison, and make me Him of our weakness unworthy, and savoury meat, that I may eat, and unbecoming in the impassible God; bless thee before the LORD before my and thus might think that human death. Now therefore, my son, obey nature was already glorified in CHRIST, my voice according to that which I so that it could neither suffer agony, command thee. Go now to the flock, nor be dissolved in death. And there- and fetch me from thence two good fore, when the LORD said that He must kids of the goats; and I will make needs go up to Jerusalem, and suffer them savoury meat for thy father : many things of the elders, and scribes, and thou shalt bring it to thy father, and chief priests, and be slain, and that he may eat, and that he may rise again the third day, then blessed bless thee before his death. Peter, who, illuminated with light from Ry. Take thy weapons, thy quiver on high, was glowing with his most and thy bow, and bring me venison, fervent confession of the Son of God, that I may eat: * and my soul shall spurned with religious (as he deemed bless thee. Y. Take me some venison, it) and with eager scorn the ignominy and make me savoury meat that I of the mockings, and the shame of may eat. And. the most cruel death; but he was

Lesson II. graciously corrected by Jesus, and stirred up to an eager desire to share A

ND Jacob said to Rebekah his with Him in His Passion.

mother, Behold Esau my brother Ry. Hide. p. cxxiv.

is a hairy man, and I am a smooth

man: my father peradventure will SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT. feel me, and I shall seem to him as a

deceiver; and I shall bring a curse Inv. It is not vain. Hymn. Ex more docti, as p. cxx.

upon me, and not a blessing. And

his mother said unto him, Upon me FIRST NOCTURN.

be thy curse, my son: only obey my

voice, and go fetch me them. And he Of the Book of Genesis.

went, and fetched, and brought them Lesson I. Chap. xxvii. to his mother : and his mother made AND it came to pass that when savoury meat, such as his father

Isaac was old, and his eyes were loved. And Rebekah took goodly raidim, so that he could not see, he ment of her eldest son Esau, which called Esau his eldest son, and said were with her in the house, and put unto him, My son: and he said unto them upon Jacob her younger son : him, Behold, here am I. And he and she put the skins of the kids of said, Behold now, I am old, I know the goats upon his ands, and upon not the day of my death: now there- the smooth of his neck: and she gave fore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, the savoury meat and the bread, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to which she had prepared, into the the field, and take me some venison : hand of her son Jacob. And he came and make me savoury meat, such as I unto his father, and said, My father: love, and bring it to me, that I may and he said, Here am I; who art eat; that my soul may bless thee thou, my son ? And Jacob said unto





his father, I am Esau thy firstborn ; | heaven and of the fatness of the I have done according as thou badest earth; let people and nations serve me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of thee: be lord over thy brethren. my venison, that thy soul may bless X. And let thy mother's sons bow

And Isaac said unto his son, down to thee. Be. Glory. Be. How is it that thou hast found it so

SECOND NOCTURN. quickly, my son ? And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to

Lesson IV.

From the Book of S. Augustine Ry. See, the smell of my son is as

against lying. the smell of a field which the LORD THAT which Jacob did, at the adhath blessed: my God make thee as vice of his mother, so as to seem the sand of the sea, * and give thee to deceive his father, if it be conblessing of the dew of heaven. Ý: sidered diligently and faithfully, is And God ALMIGHTY bless thee, and not a lie, but a mystery. If we call make thee fruitful, and multiply thee. it by the former name, then all the And.

parables and types which are not to Lesson III.

be taken as literally true, but in which AND Isaac said unto Jacob, Come one thing is to be understood by

the help of another, are falsehoods, near,

I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my thinks, must bring this false accusa

which God forbid. For he who thus very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and tion against all figures of speech of he felt him, and said, The voice is every kind : so that even that figure, Jacob's voice, but the hands are the called metaphor, that is, a change in hands of Esau. And he discerned

the application of words from their him not, because his hands were

own proper sense, might thus be called

falsehood. hairy, as his brother Esau's hands : so he' blessed him. And he said, Art his country, he beheld the glory of

Ry. When Jacob went forth from thou my very son Esau ? And he said, I am. And he said, Bring it God, and said : How dreadful is this near to me, and I will eat of my son's place! * This is none other than the venison, that my soul may bless thee. House of God, and this is the gate of

heaven. And he brought it near to him, and

. Truly God was in this he did eat; and he brought him wine, place, and I knew it not. This. and he drank. And his father Isaac

Lesson V. said unto him, Come near now, and FOR the things which are signified, kiss son. And he came and kissed him : and he smelled the are reckoned as lies, because people do smell of his raiment, and blessed him, not understand that the things which and said, See, the smell of my son is are really signified are the things as the smell of a field which the LORD said, but believe that false things are hath blessed : therefore God give thee the things said. To make this plainer of the dew of heaven, and the fatness by examples, attend to this very thing of the earth, and plenty of corn and that Jacob did. No doubt he covered wine : let people serve thee, and na- himself with the skins of goats; if tions bow down to thee : be lord over we seek the immediate cause, we shall thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons account him to have lied; for he did bow down to thee: cursed be every this that he might be thought the one that curseth thee, and blessed be man he was not : but if this deed be he that blesseth thee.

referred to that for the signifying of Ry. God give thee of the dew of which it was really done, by the skins

of goats are signified sins; by him

THIRD NOCTURN. who covered himself therewith, He is Lesson of the Holy Gospel according signified who bare not His own sins,

to S. Matthew. but those of others. Ry. If the LORD my God will be

Lesson VII. Chap. xv. with me, and will keep me in this AT that time : Jesus went thence way that I go, and will give me bread and departed into the coasts of to eat, and raiment to put on, so that Tyre and Sidon. And that which I come again to my father's house in follows. peace :

then shall the LORD be my A Homily of S. Jerome the Priest. God: and this stone shall be for a sign. . And Jacob rose up early in

Book 2. Comm. on Matt. xv. the morning, and took the stone that Leaving the evil-speaking scribes he had put for his pillows, and set it and Pharisees, He goeth into the up for a pillar, and poured oil upon coasts of Tyre and Sidon, that He the top of it, and said. Then. may care for the Tyrians and Si

donians. A woman of Canaan cometh Lesson VI.

out of the first-named coasts, crying The true signification, therefore, out to obtain health for her daughter.

can in no wise be rightly called a Mark, that in the fifteenth place, lie, but as it was in deed, so was it the daughter of Canaan is healed. also in word; for when his father said Have mercy upon me, 0 LORD, Thou to him, Who art thou, my son? he Son of David. So she knoweth to replies, I am Esau thy first-born. If call Him Son of David, and this bethis be referred to those two twins, it cause she hath come out of her coasts, will appear untrue ; but, if it be and hath left the error of the Tyrians referred to that which these doings and Sidonians, by change of scene and sayings were written to shadow and faith. forth, He is here to be understood in His body, that is, His Church,

Who Let me go, for the day breaketh: and

Ry. The angel said unto Jacob : * speaking of this matter, says, When he said, I will not let thee go, except ye shall see Abraham, Isaac, and thou bless me. And he blessed him Jacob, and all the Prophets in the there. y. And Jacob rose up, and kingdom of God, and you yourselves there wrestled a man with him, until thrust out. Again, They shall come the breaking of the day. And when from the east, and from the west, he saw that he prevailed not against and from the north, and from the him, he said. Let. south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God; and behold, there are

Lesson VIII. last which shall be first, and there My daughter is grievously yered

. I the thus after a manner the younger daughter of the Canaanitish woman rebrother bore off the privilege of the presents the souls of those who believe elder, and transferred it to him- not, which are grievously tormented self.

by the devil, who know not their Ry. The LORD shall be my God, creator, and worship a stone. But and this stone which I have set up He answered her not & word: not for a pillar shall be God's House : from pride as a Pharisee, nor from and of all that Thou shalt give me, * haughtiness as a scribe, but lest He I will surely give the tenth unto Thee. might seem to act contrary to His own Ý. If I come again to my father's word which He commanded : Go ye house in peace. I will. Glory. I not in the way of the Gentiles, and will.

into the cities of the Samaritans enter

ye not. For He was unwilling to Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. give an occasion to gainsayers, and

Tract xxxyii. on S. John. reserved the complete salvation of the Gentiles for the time of His Passion The LORD spake to the Jews, saying: and Resurrection.

I go. For to CHRIST the LORD, death Ry. I have seen the LORD face to was a going to that place whence He face : and my life is preserved.

had come, which He had never quitted. Ý. And He said unto me: thy

I go, saith He, and ye shall seek Me, name shall be no more called Jacob, not with desire, but with hatred. For

when He had withdrawn from the but Israel shall be thy name. And

eyes of men, He was sought both by my. Lesson IX.

them which hated, and by them which

loved Him ; those sought Him by А

ND the disciples came and asked persecuting Him, these by desiring

Him, saying: Send her away, for to have · Him. In the psalms, the she crieth after us. The disciples, LORD Himself saith by the prophet, even up to that time ignorant of Flight hath failed me, there is none mysteries, were either moved with that seeketh after my soul. And pity, and made entreaty for the woman again, He saith in another place in a of Canaan, whom another evangelist psalm, Let them be confounded and calls a Syro-Phænician, or they wished ashamed that seek after my soul. to be freed from her importunity, because she called out frequently as Beersheba, and went towards Haran,

Ry. When Jacob went out from if calling not upon a tender physician, the LORD 'spake unto him, saying, but on one who had no pity. But He the land whereon thou liest, to thee answered and said, I am not sent, will I give it, and to thy seed. y. Of but unto the lost sheep of the the stones he built an altar to the house of Israel. Not meaning that He was not sent to the Gentiles at honour of the LORD, and poured oil all, but that He was sent first to on the top of it, and God blessed him Israel, and when they put the gospel

saying. The land. from them, He turned, and justly, to

Lesson II. the Gentiles. RY. When Jacob heard that Esad HE blamed those who sought not,

He condemned those who sought. was coming against him, he divided For it is good to seek the Soul of bis sons and wives, saying, If Esau CHRIST, but as His disciples sought smite the one company, then the it: and it is evil to seek it, but other shall escape. * Deliver me, o as the Jews sought it: for the LORD, Which saidst unto me, * I will former sought that they might possess make thy seed as the stars of heaven, it, the latter that they might destroy and as the sand of the sea, which it. And therefore to them, because cannot be numbered for multitude. they thus sought in evil wise, He Ý. LORD, Who hast fed me all my life added that which followeth : ye shall long. Deliver. Glory. I will. seek Me; and, lest ye should think that

ye seek Me well, ye shall die in your MONDAY.

sins. For this is to seek CHRIST in Lesson of the Holy Gospel according a manner truly evil, to die in one's to S. John.

sins: this is to hate Him by whom Lesson I. Chap. viii.

alone we can be saved. A T that time : Jesus said unto the Ry. God appeared unto Jacob, and

multitude of the Jews: I go My blessed him, and said unto him: I am way, and ye shall seek Me, and shall the God of Bethel, where thou die in your sins.

anointedst the pillar, and vowedst a

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