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THURSDAY. Here beginneth the Book of Zephaniah Here beginneth the Book of Haggai the Prophet.
the Prophet. Lesson I. Chap. i.
Lesson I. Chap. i. THE word
of the Lord which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, In the second year of Darius the the son of Gedaliah, the son of Ama- first day of the month, came the word
king, in the sixth month, in the riah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of the LORD by Haggai the prophet of Josiah the son of Amon, king of unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the governor of Judah, and to Joshua
the son of Josedech, the high LORD. I will consume
man and beast : I will consume the fowls of LORD of hosts, saying, This peo
priest, saying, Thus speaketh the the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, ple say, The time is not come, the and the stumblingblocks with the time that the LORD's house should be wicked; and I will cut off man from built. off the land, saith the LORD.
Rz. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii,
Lesson II. I WILL also stretch out mine hand THEN came the word of the LORD upon Judah, and upon all the in
by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is habitants of Jerusalem; and I will it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cut off the remnant of Baal from this cieled houses, and this house lie waste ? place, and the name of the Chema- Now therefore thus saith the LORD of rims with the priests; and them that hosts ; Consider your ways. Ye have worship the host of heaven upon the sown much, and bring in little; ye housetops; and them that worship eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, and that 'swear by the LORD, and but ye are not filled with drink; ye that swear by Malcham; and 'them clothe you, but there is none warm; that turned back from the and he that earneth wages earneth and those that have not wages to put it into a bag with
holes. sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.
THUS saith the Lord of hosts ; HOLD thy peace at the presence of
Consider your ways. Go up to the LORD God; for the day of the mountain, and bring wood, and the LORD is at hand : for the LORD build the house; and I will take hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, his guests. And it shall come to pass saith the LORD. Ye looked for much, in the day of the LORD's sacrifice, and, lo, it came to little ; and when ye that I will punish the princes, and brought it home, I did blow upon it. the king's children, and all such as Why? saith the LORD of hosts. are clothed with strange apparel. In Because of mine house that is waste, the same day also will I punish all and ye run every man. unto his own those that leap on the threshold, house. Therefore the heaven over which fill their master's houses with you is stayed from dew, and the earth violence and deceit.
is stayed from her fruit. Ry. My God. p. cl.
Rz. Behold. p. cxlviii.
saith, We are impoverished, but we Here beginneth the Book of Zechariah will return and build the desolate the Prophet.
places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, Lesson I. Chap. i.
They shall build, but I will throw
down; and they shall call them, The IN the eighth month, in the second border of wickedness, and, The people
year of Darius, came the word of against whom the Lord hath indignathe LORD unto Zechariah, the son of tion for ever. Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet,
Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix. saying, The LORD hath been sore
Lesson II. displeased with your fathers. Therefore say thou unto them, Thas saith AN ND your eyes shall see, and ye the LORD of hosts ; Turn ye unto me,
shall say, The LORD will be mag. saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn nified from the border of Israel. À unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. son honoureth his father, and & Rz. I have set, p. cxlix.
servant his master: if then I be &
father, where is mine honour ? and if Lesson II.
I be a master, where is my fear? saith BE ye not as your fathers, unto the Lord of hosts unto you, o priests,
whom the former prophets have that despise my name. And ye say, oried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of wherein have we despised thy name? hosts'; Turn ye now from your evil Ye offer polluted bread upon mine ways, and from your evil doings: but altar ; and ye say, Wherein have we they did not hear, nor hearken unto polluted thee? In that ye say, The me, saith the LORD. Your fathers, table of the LORD is contemptible. where are they? and the prophets, do
Ry. I am straitened. p. cl. they live for ever?
AND if ye offer the blind for sacri
fice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer BUT.my, words and my statutes, the lame and sick, is it not evil?
which I commanded my servants offer it now unto thy governor; will the prophets, did they not take hold he be pleased with thee, or accept thy of your fathers ? and they returned person? saith the LORD of hosts. and said, Lil as the LORD of hosts And now, I pray you, beseech GOD thought to do unto us, according to that he will be gracious unto us : this our ways, and according to our doings, hath been by your means : will be so hath be dealt with us.
regard your persons ? saith the LORD Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.
of hosts. Who is there even among SATURDAY.
you that would shut the doors for Here beginneth the Book of Malachi nought ? neither do ye kindle fire on the Prophet.
mine altar for nought. I have no
pleasure in you, saith the LORD of Lesson I. Chap. i.
hosts, neither will I accept an offering THE burden of the word of the at your hand. For from
the rising of
. have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet the same, my name shall be great ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? among the Gentiles ; and in every Was not Esåu Jacob's brother? saith place incense shall be offered unto my the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, and I name, and a pure offering; for my hated Esau, and laid his mountains name shall be great among the hea. and his heritage waste for the dragons then, saith the LORD of hosts. of the wilderness. Whereas Edom Ry. My God. p. cl.
FROM THE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY TILL ADVENT.
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. This Ry. is said to-day instead of Lesson of the Holy Gospel according Ry. vii. p. xxviii. to S. Luke.
FOR spiritual pleasures increase Lesson VII. Chap. xiv.
desire in the mind, while they AT that time: JESUS, spake this satisfy: because the more their sac
parable unto the Pharisees : A vour is perceived, the more is it certain man made a great supper, and recognised that it should be eagerly bade many. And that which follows. loved : and therefore when they are
not possessed they cannot be loved, A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. because their savour is unknown. Homily 36 on the Gospels.
For who can love what he knows There is wont to be this difference, not ? Hence the Psalmist admobeloved brethren, between the plea- nishes us, saying, o taste and see sures of the body and those of the how gracious the LORD is. As if he soul ; namely, that bodily pleasures, were saying plainly, Ye know not this when they are not being enjoyed, sweetness if ye taste it not; but touch kindle a strong desire for themselves
the good of life with the palate of the but when they are greedily devoured," heart, that, making trial of its sweetthrough satiety they beget a distaste in ness, ye may be able to love it. For the eater. But on the other hand, man lost these delights when he spiritual pleasures, when they are not sinned in paradise: he went out when possessed, are distasteful, but when he closed his mouth to the food of they are possessed are desired ; and by eternal sweetness. so much the more they are hungered
Lesson IX. after by the eater, the more are they WHENCE we also who have been former, appetite pleases, experience grimage come hither now with distaste: displeases; in the latter appetite is for we know not what we ought to nought, and experience the rather desire. And the more this disease pleases. In the former, appetite begets of distaste from which we suffer is fulness, and fulness distaste; in the increased, the more the mind with. latter, appetite produces fulness, and draws itself from feeding on that fulness appetite.
sweetness. And the less appetite RY. A certain man made a great does it now feel for internal delights, supper, and sent his servant at the longer it has been unaccustomed supper-time to say to them that were to feed upon them.
We pine away bidden, Come, * for all things are therefore through our distaste, and now ready. y. Come, eat of my we are worn out through our long and bread, and drink of the wine which I deadly fast. And because we will not have mingled. For. Glory. For taste inwardly the sweetness that has been prepared for us, we stand out to the weak; and the less they believe side in our misery, in love with our themselves to be sinners, to & worse own hunger.
degree do they become sinners. And THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
truly among the number of these were
the Pharisees, who, in passing judg. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according ment on the LORD because He received to S. Luke.
sinners, with dry and barren heart Lesson VII. Chap. xv. found fault with the very fountain of AT that time : Drew near unto pity Himself. But because they were
Jesus all the publicans and so sick that they knew not themselves sinners for to hear him. And that to be sick (seeing that they were which follows.
ignorant of what they were) the A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. heavenly Physician heals them with
gentle remedies. He sets before them Homily 34 on the Gospels.
an example of kindness, and represses Ye have heard in the lesson of the the swelling of the wound in their Gospel, my brethren, that the sinners heart. and the publicans drew near to our Redeemer : and not only to converse
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. with Him, but to eat with Him, were Lesson of the Holy Gospel according they received. Which when the
to S. Luke. Pharisees saw they had indignation. From which we gather that true AT that time : Jesus said unto His
disciples : Be ye therefore mercirighteousness has compassion, but ful as your FATHER also is merciful. false righteousness indignation, al
A Homily of Venerable Bede the though the righteous are wont rightly
Priest. to feel indignation against sinners. But what is done through pride is one
The one great, and indeed only, thing; what is done through zeal for precept taught us in this place of Holy discipline is another.
Scripture I hold to be this : That we
should consider things to be meant for Lesson VIII.
the best, though it be doubtful with FOR they feel indignation, but yet what mind they were done. Charity
are not disdainful; they are not believeth all things : hopeth all things. hopeful for them, but yet not utterly When it is written: By their fruits ye hopeless; they stir up persecution, shall know them: this is clearly said but in love ; for although outwardly of those open and flagrant crimes they multiply rebukes by way of which could not possibly be done with discipline, yet inwardly they preserve an honest mind and purpose; as, for sweetness through charity. They example, adulteries, fornications, blasfrequently in their heart prefer be- phemies, thefts, acts of drunkenness, forə themselves those very persons and such like, which it is permitted whom they are correcting ; they us certainly to judge and to condemn. think even those better whom they
Lesson VIII. are judging. And in the performance of this, they keep themselves BUT, as touching things indifferent, in subjection through discipline and
for instance, various kinds of through humility.
food, they may by any be taken with
an honest heart and conscience, apart Lesson IX.
from all vice of concupiscence. An BUT, on the other hand, they who Apostle forbids those who eat flesh
are wont to feel pride in false meat and drink wine to be judged of righteousness, despise every one else; those who abstain from these general they do not condescend with any pity sorts of food. He saith: Let not him
that eateth despise him that eateth them in the other ; for He sleeps in not; and let not him which eateth not the midst of the lukewarm, He watches judge him that eateth.
amid the perfect. Lesson IX.
Lesson VIII. Two points indeed there are wherein we must stand on our guard THIS ship is not distressed in which
wisdom guides the helm, un. against forming rash and hasty belief is absent, faith fills the sails. judgments : namely, when there is any For how could that be distressed uncertainty as to what man's mind
which He directed, in Whom is the really is at the present moment; and firm support of the Church ? Thereas to what nature it may possibly fore distress is found where faith is prove hereafter to be: notwithstanding that it seems now in all outward scanty; where love is perfect, there is
security. Lastly, though others were shew distinctly good or bad. It
bid to let down their nets, yet to follows: Forgive, and ye shall be Peter alone is it said, Launch out forgiven; give, and it shall be given into the deep; that is, the depth of unto you. He bids us forgive injuries, mysteries. For what is so deep as to do good turns, give good gifts to other see the depth of His riches, to know men, in order that we may obtain the Son of God, to confess His Divine forgiveness of our offences and the gift of eternal life.
generation ? Which, though man's
understanding cannot comprehend FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
fully by searching out, yet the full
assurance of faith embraces. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to S. Luke.
Lesson IX. Lesson VII. Chap. v. FOR though I may not know how AT that time : As the people pressed
upon Jesus to hear the word of ignorant that He was born. The God, He stood by the lake of Gen-order of His generation I know not, nesaret. And that which follows.
but the Author of it I confess. We
were not standing by when the Son of A Homily of S. Ambrose the Bishop God was begotten of the FATHER, but
Book 4 on S. Luke. Chap. 5. we were standing by when He was When the LORD wrought His various declared to be the Son of God by the kinds of bealing upon many, neither FATHER. If we believe not God, whom by time nor by place could the multi- shall we believe? For all that we tude be restrained from their eager- believe, we believe either from seeing ness to be healed. The evening fell or hearing. Sight is often deceived; upon them; they followed. The lake hearing is of faith. met them; they pressed onwarde. Therefore He went up into Peter's
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, ship. This is that ship, which Lesson of the Holy Gospel according still, according to Matthew, tosses ;
to S. Matthew. according to Luke, is filled with fishes ; so that you may behold an
Lesson VII. Chap. V. image of the Church tossing in her At that time : Jesus said unto His beginnings, and abounding in after disciples : Except your righteoustimes. For by fishes are signified ness shall exceed the righteousness of those who sail over the waves of this the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in life. CHRIST still sleeps in one place no case enter into the kingdom of among His disciples, He still directs heaven. And that which follows.