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CHRIST; and he saw it, and was glad. | A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. The glory of the LORD was seen also Book 2 on Evang. Quest. Chap. 40. by Isaiah, and Micah, and many other
Concerning the ten lepers whom prophets, who also on that account the LORD thus cleansed, when He said, are called Seers; but all these, behold- Go, shew yourselves to the priests : ing it from afar, and welcoming it, we may ask, why He sent them to the saw it as in a mirror, and in an priests, that when they went they enigma.
might be cleansed ? For we do not Lesson VIII.
find that He sent any of those on BUT the Apostles having the very whom he bestowed, bodily blessings
presence of the LORD, and eating to the priests except lepers. For He with Him, and learning whatever they had cleansed him from leprosy to desired by means of questions, had no whom He said, Go thy way, shew need of being taught by Angels or thyself to the priest, and offer the gift various kinds of visions. But those that Moses commanded for a testiwhom Luke calls many prophets and mony unto them. We have to inquire kings, Matthew more clearly calls therefore what leprosy signifies : for prophets and righteous men; for they (they who were set free from it are are great kings, because they have sai; to be cleansed, not healed. For known how not to fall under the it is a blemish in colour : not in the assaults of temptations by yielding, health or soundness of the senses and but to gain the rule over them by limbs. mastering them.
fittingly understand those, who, AN
ND behold a certain lawyer stood not having the knowledge of the true
up, and tempted Him, saying, faith, profess various erroneous docMaster, what shall I do to inherit trines. For they do not conceal their eternal life? The lawyer who, tempt. ignorance, but proclaim it abroad as ing the LORD, questioned Him about the highest wisdom, and make a display eternal life, took occasion, it seems to of it with boasting' words. Moreover me, of tempting Him concerning His there is no false doctrine which has not own words, where He says : Rejoice, some truth mingled with it. When because your names are written in true things appear therefore, mixed up heaven. "But by that very temptation in a disorderly manner with false, in a he declares how true was that confes, single discourse or narration of a man, sion of the LORD which He addressed as in the colour of a single body; they to the FATHER; That Thou hast hid these things from the wise and pru- staining the bodies of men as it were
represent a leprosy, streaking and dent, and hast revealed them unto with true and false dyes. babes.
Lesson IX. FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. Now these lepers must be so
shunned by the Church, that, if it Lesson of the Holy Gospel according may be done, being removed very far to S. Luke.
off they may with a loud cry call upon Lesson VII. Chap. xvii. CHRIST; as those ten stood afar off, AT that time : As Jesus went to and lifted up their voice, saying,
Jerusalem, He passed through JESUS, Teacher, have mercy upon the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And us. Now by their calling Him as He entered into a certain village Teacher, by which pame there met Him ten men that were called upon the LORD for bodily heallepers. And that which follows. ing, I think it is plainly implied
HOMILIES FOR THE SUNDAYS AFTER TRINITY.
ousness, we be unable to attain to the | They are corrupt, and become abomin. kingdom of CHRIST. For no unclean able in their doings. And again: The person or covetous man, who is an love of money is the root of all evil, idolater, has any inheritance in the which while some have coveted they kingdom of CHRIST and of GOD. have erred from the faith. And: If & EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
man love Me, he will keep My words ;
the head and root of which is : Thou Lesson of the Holy Gospel according shalt love the LORD thy God, and thy to S. Matthew.
neighbour as thyself. Lesson VII. Chap. xxii.
Lesson IX, Ar that time in The Pharisees came
to Jesus: and one of them, who IF, therefore, to love God is to love wås a doctor of the law, asked Him a one's neighbour, (for, If thou
lovest question, tempting Him, and saying:
me, O Peter, He says, feed My Master, which is the great command sheep), if also the love of thy neighment in the law? And that which bour causes thee to keep tắe comfollows.
mandments, He rightly says that on A Homily of S. John Chrysostom.
these hang all the law and the
prophets. And as in the words that Homily 72 on S. Matthew.
precede, when He was questioned When the Sadducees had been put about the Resurrection, He taught to silence, the Pharisees again assail them more than they sought when Him; and when they ought to have they tempted Him: so in this place, been silent, they would argue, and they when questioned concerning the first put forward a lawyer, not being de- commandment, He of His own accord sirous to learn, but to tempt Him: brought forward the second as not and they put this question: Which is greatly inferior to the first; For the the first commandment in the law ? second is like unto the first. Thus For since the first is this : Thou He covertly intimated that they were shalt love the LORD thy God; they, incited by hatred to ask the question. supposing that He would adduce For charity, He saith, envieth not. reasons for correcting this commandment by adding something, since He NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. made Himself God, questioned in Lesson of the Holy Gospel according this wise. What, then, does CHRIST
to S. Matthew. say? In order to show that they had
Lesson VII. Chap. ix. made this attempt because they had no love in them, but were consumed AT that time : Jesus entered into a with the rancour of envy, Thou shalt
ship, and passed over, and came love the LORD thy God, He says ;
into His own city. And that which this is the first and great command
follows. ment. And the second is like unto it, A Homily of S. Peter Chrysologus. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy
Sermon 50. self.
To-day's lesson has shewn us that
CHRIST in human acts performed
ND wherefore is the second like divine mysteries, and in visible things unto it? Because the first in- dealt with invisible matters.
He volves it, and by it in its turn is entered, it says, into a ship, and firmly established. For every one passed over, and came into His own that doeth evil bateth the light, city. Is not this He who put the neither cometh to the light. And waters to fight, and made bare the again: The fool hath said in his depths of the sea, that His people heart, There is no God. Then follows: Israel might with dry feet pass
through the mighty waters, as if they | TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. were the hollows of the mountains ? Lesson of the Holy Gospel according Is not this He who brought down the
to S. Matthew. waves of the sea under the feet of Peter, that He might make a firm
Lesson VII. Chap. xxii. path for human steps over the liquid AT that time : Jesus spake unto the waters?
chief priests and Pharisees in
parables, saying, The kingdom of Lesson VIII.
heaven is like unto a certain king
which made a marriage for his son. AND how is it that He refuses
in And that which follows. servant, so that He crosses over a
A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. narrow lake in a hired ship? He Homily 38 on the Gospels. entered into a ship, it says, and I remember having often already crossed over. And what is there for said that very frequently in the holy us to wonder at in this, my bre- Gospel the present Church is called the thren ? CHRIST came to take upon kingdom of heaven; the congregation Himself our weaknesses, and to be- of the just is called the kingdom of stow upon us His strength, to seek heaven. For the LORD says by the for Himself human things, to give prophet, Heaven is My seat; and divine things; to receive injuries, to Solomon says, The soul of a just man give honours in return; to bear is the seat of wisdom. Paul also says, weariness, to impart healing; for the that CHRIST is the power of God and physician, who does not bear weak- the wisdom of God. We ought clearly nesses, knows not how to heal, and he to conclude, that if God is wisdom, who has not felt weakness with the and the soul of a just man the seat of weak, cannot bestow healing on the wisdom, while heaven is called the weak.
seat of God, therefore the soul of a
just man is heaven. Hence it is said Lesson IX.
by the psalmist concerning holy CHRIST,
therefore, if He had abode preachers. The heavens declare the
in His own perfections, would have nothing in common with men:
Lesson VIII. and had He not fulfilled the conditions THE kingdom of heaven then is the which belong to flesh, the taking of Church of the just, because while flesh would in His case be without their hearts desire nothing upon earth, result. He entered into a ship, and by reason of their longing after things passed over, and came into His own above, the LORD already reigns in city. Creator of all things, Lord of them, as it were in heavenly places. the world, when He had for our sakes It may be said, therefore, The kingdom straitened Himself in the bonds of of heaven is like unto a certain king our flesh, He began to have a human which made a marriage for his son. country, to be a citizen of the Jewish Now you understand, beloved, who state : began to have parents, though that King is, Who is the Father of the Himself the parent of all parents : King the Son : He it is to Whom the that love might invite, that charity psalmist says: Give the King Thy might attract, that affection might judgments, O God, and Thy righteousattach, that gentleness might per- ness unto the King's Son, who made suade, those whom tyranny had a marriage for His Son. For God the driven away, whom fear had scat- FATHER made a marriage for God the tered, whom violence had driven into Son when He joined Him to human exile.
nature in the womb of the Virgin, when He wished Him Who was God, would not have sought health from before the ages to become man at the one whom he did not believe to be a end of the ages.
Saviour. Wherefore then, is it said,
to him who was a believer before he Lesson IX.
saw signs, Except ye see signs and BUT, because the marriage union wonders, ye will not believe ?
takes place between two separate persons, far be it from us to believe
Lesson VIII. that the Person of our Redeemer BUT remember what he asked for, GOD
and , made up of two separate persons. though he had faith, he doubted; for We say, indeed, that He exists of two he demanded that CHRIST should come natures and in two natures, but we down and heal his son. He asked shun as unlawful the belief that He therefore for the bodily presence of was compounded of two persons. It that LORD, Who, through the SPIRIT, may be said therefore more plainly is nowhere absent. His faith thereand more safely, that the FATHER fore was deficient in Him Whom he made the marriage for the King the thought unable to save, unless He Son, when He joined to Him the were present also in body. For if his holy Church through the mystery of faith had been perfect, he would an. the Incarnation. The womb of the doubtedly have known that there was Virgin Mother was the bridechamber no place where God was not. of this Bridegroom. Whence also the
Lesson IX. psalmist says, He hath placed His tabernacle in the sun, and He is as a FOR: there was a great deficiency of
performance of a mighty work not to
His Divine Majesty, but to His bodily TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. presence. He sought healing for his Lesson of the Holy Gospel according son; and yet, though he had faith, he to S. John.
doubted, because, though he believed
that He to Whom he had come was Lesson VII. Chap. iv. able to heal, he yet supposed that He AT that time : There was a certain was absent from his dying son. But
nobleman whose son was sick at the LORD Who is entreated to go Capernaum. And that which follows. declares that He is not absent from
the place whither He is invited : He A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.
who created all things by His will Homily 28 on the Gospels. restored health simply by His comThe lesson of the Holy Gospel mand. which you have just heard, my brethren, needs no exposition; but TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER that we may not seem to pass it over
TRINITY. in silence, let us say something on it Lesson of the Holy Gospel according by way of exhortation rather than of
to S. Matthew. explanation. This point only, however, seems to require something from Lesson VII. Chap. xviii. us by way of exposition; why he who At that time : Jesus spake this
parable unto His disciples : The the words, Except ye see signs and kingdom of heaven is like unto & wonders, ye will not believe. He who. certain king which would take account was seeking health for his son was of His servants. And that which without doubt a believer; for he follows.
A Homily of S. Jerome the Priest. forgiven him: He ratifies His senBook 3. Comm. on S. Matthew. ch. 18. tence, and removes every pretence of
It is a common custom with the a feigned reconciliation, saying: If Syrians, and especially with the men ye from your hearts forgive not every of Palestine, to combine parables with one his brother their trespasses. their instructions, in order that what
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER their hearers might not retain when
TRINITY. spoken as a simple precept, may be remembered by means of similitudes Lesson of the Holy Gospel according
to S. Matthew. and examples. By the similitude of the king, and the servant who owed him ten thousand talents, and, upon A Tanastocik
counsel how they might Lesson VII. Chap. xxii.
T that time: The Pharisees went entreating his lord, obtained forgiveness, our LORD taught Peter that he entangle Jesus in His talk. And that should himself forgive the lesser which follows. offences of his fellow-servants. For
A Homily of 8. Hilary the Bishop. if that king and lord so freely remitted ten thousand talents to his servant
Comment. on S. Matt. Chap. 13. who owed them, how much more
The Pharisees are frequently proought ser ants to remit smaller debts voked, and are unable to find occasion to their fellow-servants ?
for making a charge against Him in
anything yet done: for no fault could Lesson VIII.
be found in His deeds or in His words; AND that this may be made plainer, but, prompted by malice, they set
let us give an example. If one of themselves to search out and discover us have committed adultery, bomicide, matter of accusation against Him. or sacrilege, these greater sins of ten For He called all men from the lusts thousand talents are remitted through of the world and the superstitions of prayer, if they that pray also forgive human religions to the hope of the them that sin against themselves in kingdom of heaven. Whether thereless matters. But if, on account of an fore he would offend against the insult received, we are iraplacable, and secular power is the purpose of the by reason of a bitter word keep up question with which they
Him; ceaseless discord, do we not seem to that is to say : whether tribute ought ourselves rightly to deserve imprison to be given to Cæsar. ment, and, by the example of our
Lesson VIII. conduct, to cause that pardon to our greater faults shall not be yielded ? BUT. He, knowing their secret
thoughts, (for there is none of Lesson IX.
those things which are hidden within So likewise shall My heavenly the heart of man which is not beheld
FATHER do unto you, if ye from by God) commanded a penny to be your hearts forgive not every one his brought to Him, and asked whose brother their trespasses. A sentence image and superscription it was. The full of awe; if according to our dis. Pharisees answered that it position the sentence of God is altered Cæsar's; and to them He says, that and changed: if we forgive not our those things which are Cæsar's are to brethren small offences, God will not be rendered unto Cæsar, and those forgive us great offences. And be- things which are God's to God. O cause each one may say, I have answer full of wonder! O absolute nothing against him, he himself knows perfection of the heavenly saying! it, he has God for his judge, I do not He in all things so drew the line becare what he wishes to do, I have between contempt for the world, and