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But he said unto them, 13 Jesus knew what he would do. Give ye them to eat. And But He stated the difficulty, that his they said, We have no more
disciples might feel more entirely the but five loaves and two fishes;
extent of his power in removing it. except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit 16 Even Jesus looked to heaven for down. 16 Then he took the blessing on the food supplied ! Let five loaves and the two fishes,
us never neglect what he observed *. and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled : and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them 18 Did our Redeemer strengthen twelve baskets. 18 And it himself by private prayer ? Go we came to pass, as he was alone and do likewise. praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am ? They answering said, John the Baptist ; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets 20 What a noble decision is this
20 He said brief reply ! containing, in a word, unto them, But whom say
the very substance of the Gospel. ye that I am ? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
23 0 Christian ! expect not to es
cape the burden of a daily cross. he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 The early Christians were often
For whosoever will save put to this extreme test of the sinhis life shall lose it : but cerity of their faith. whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast 26 Glory thou in serving Jesus Christ away? For whosoever boldly before men; He will own thee, shall be ashamed of me and as his, before the angels in heaven. of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when
is risen again.
* As then, the blessing remained with the food, though it passed through his disciples' hands, so novo the bread of life-his word and sacraments--though distributed at the hands of his ministers, loses not aught of its blessing or its power.
he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell
27 “ My spiritual kingdom shall you of a truth, there be some
begin after my resurrection and asstanding here, which shall cension : and of those who are nos not taste of death, till they living, some shall survive the future see the kingdom of God. overthrow of their nation by the
Romans *." And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that
33 The higher our thoughts ascend stood with him. 33 And it towards our glorified Saviour, the came to pass, as they de- less willing are we to descend again parted from him, Peter said
to lower things t. unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias : not knowing 34 Emblem of the mysteries, which what he said. 34 While he yet accompany and overshadow the thus spake, there came presence of our God in his holy word. cloud, and overshadowed them : and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 35 And there 35 “ Hear Hır”-for in Him is eencame a voice out of the cloud, tered all the authority of lawgirers saying, This is my beloved and prophets. Son : hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen. came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer
* St. John the Evangelist lived till after the destruction of Jerusalem.
+ “ It is good for us to be here”-exclaims the soul when in holy communion with its God. Yet, earthly duties must again be heeded; and we must wait for heavenly services till our appointed time.
you ? Bring thy son hither.
42 By bringing children to Christ ** And as he was yet a com- by training them in the knowledge ing, the devil threw him of his holy religion--parents take the down, and tare him. And surest way of training them for hea
ven. Parents !-set the example ! Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father. And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his
44 What firmness of purpose ! He disciples, ** Let these sayings foreknew all his trials, even unto sink down into your ears :
death : and He moved on towards for the Son of man shall be
them with an heroic calmness to delivered into the hands of which the world shows no parallel. men, But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying. Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, and said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me : for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face : and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not
53 The Samaritans and the Jews had receive him, because his face
no dealings, the one with the other. was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did ? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are
56 In no country is human life held 56 For the Son of man so sacred as in our own--thanks to is not come to destroy men's the blessed influence of the Gospel lives, but to save them. And of Jesus. they went to another village. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests ;
but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him,
60 Meaning—“let each man to his Let the dead bury their dead :
proper work !" but
go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
62 If in all matters decision is righe Jesus said unto him, No man,
in religion it is indispensable. having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
FEB. 27, JUNE 27, Oct. 24. | After these things the
1“ Other seventy”-in addition to Lord appointed other seventy the twelve apostles. The expression, also, and sent them two and “the harvest truly is great," inditwo before his face into every ceive the glad tidings of salvation.
cated that many were ready to recity and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways : behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor
4 They had especial support for an
especial occasion. scrip, nor shoes : and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say,
Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give : for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things set before you: and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, so your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you : notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 1? But I say unto
12 « That city”—would sin against
more extended knowledge. you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto
heareth me ;
thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida ! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you 16 The ministers of the Gospel are
and he that well encouraged in thus being asdespiseth you despiseth me; sured, that Almighty God, their Saand he that despiseth me
viour, maketh their cause his own.
This truth must strike with shame despiseth him that sent me.
and terror the hearts of those who And the seventy returned scoff his servants and despise their again with joy, saying, Lord, ministry, even the devils are subject
17 Our Saviour claims the power of unto us through thy name.
healing, as his own: the apostles,
their power as derived from Him. 15 And he said unto them, I To them also, indeed, the devils were beheld Satan as lightning fall subject ; but it was in His name. from heaven. Behold, I give
18 Satan's kingdom is weakening,
and already is he rushing to his fall. unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy : and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Yet let no earthly consideration
weigh with you. Rather, look to the withstanding in this rejoice blessed end of all your trials, when not, that the spirits are sub- your names shall be found written ject unto you; but rather in heaven. rejoice, because your names
21 He had before exhorted us to are written in heaven. 21 In receive the Gospel with the simple that hour Jesus rejoiced in
and teachable disposition of children. spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes : even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
22 Jesus here asserts unequivocally All things are de- his essential unity with the Father. livered to me of my Father : and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will And he turned
23 They are reminded of their higher him unto his disciples, and privileges. Let us not forget our own. said privately, Blessed are
which see the things that ye see : for I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have
25 These lawyers were teachers of not heard them.
the law of Moses.