No one loved our Blessed Lord as much  as His Mother.  No one was as reverent to our Blessed Lord as much as His Mother. 

With these 2 thoughts in mind, we introduce you to:

THE REVERENT BIBLE

NEW TESTAMENT

Dedicated to the Mother of God Under the title: Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This is a modern language edition of the Confraternity New Testament

The Confraternity Edition was translated from the Vulgate, but it was diligently compared with the Greek and follows it much better than many modern bibles. This Reverent Edition capitalizes all pronouns and various nouns referring to God and eliminates all archaic verb endings. We use numbers rather than words, (12, not twelve) to emphasize symbolism in the scriptures; for example: "12" is the symbol for government, and 7 is the number of physical and spiritual completeness and perfection.

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 Other innovations: satan and other devils are not capitalized. Instead of Isaiah the prophet, we have the Prophet Isaiah. And finally, the Latin agrees with the Greek, the real name of the 2 Apostles called James is Jacob. The British chose to change their names to honor their king. We felt compelled to open this can of worms because honoring an earthly king is not a good excuse for changing the names of 2 Apostles. So, the biblical name for everyone named James or Jim is Jacob. (Pronounced Yacob in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, but Jacob is close enough.)  We have updated the spelling of many names, but it was too time consuming to get them all. We just tried to get all the prominent ones.  We intend to put the Old Testament on as well because the Confraternity Edition corrected some very serious errors in the Douay Rheims Old Testament and it follows the Hebrew in some areas where the translators of most modern bibles were not willing to.  Finally, the Confraternity Bible did not change the words of Christ or His disciples for the sake of political correctness. 

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Saint Matthew, 1 of the 12 Apostles, who from being a publican, that is, an infernal revenuer, was called by our  Savior to the Apostleship; in that profession his name is Levi. (Luke 5:27, and Mark  2:14.) He was the first of the Evangelists who wrote the Gospel, and that in Hebrew. The original is not now extant; but it was translated in the time of the Apostles into Greek, that version was of equal authority. He wrote about 6 years after the Lord's Ascension.

Chapter 1

Genealogy Of Jesus   1 The book of the origin of Jesus* Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham  begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, Jacob begot Judah and his brethren. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah  of Thamar, Perez begot Hezron, Hezron begot Ram. 4 And Ram begot Aminadab, Aminadab be­got Naasson, Naasson begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz of Rahab. Boaz be­got Obed of Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, Jesse begot David the King. 6 And David the king begot Solomon of the former wife of Urias. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abia, Abia begot Asa. 8 And Asa begot Josaphat, Josaphat begot Joram, Joram be­got Uzziah. * 9 And Uzziah begot Joatham, Joatham begot Achaz, Achaz begot Hezekiah. 10 And Hezekiah begot Manasses, Manasses begot Amon, Amon begot Josias. 11 And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren at the time of the carrying away to Babylon. 12 And after the carrying away to Bab­ylon Jechonias begot Salathiel, Salathiel begot Zorobabel. 13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliachim, Eliachim begot Azor. 14 And Azor begot Sadoc, Sadoc begot Achim, Achim begot Eliud. 15 And Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar be­got Matthan, Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph,* the husband of Mary, and of Her was born Jesus Who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are 14 generations; and from David to the carrying away to Bab­ylon 14 generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon to Christ 14 generations.     1:1: Christ: from the Greek Christos, which translates the Hebrew Mashiah, "Anointed One," specially applied to the expected representative of God on earth. St. Matthew in v 1 uses "Jesus Christ" as a proper name, as was customary in later Christian circles. 1:16: The genealogy is that of Joseph, the legal father of Jesus. Mary also belonged to the house of David. This is not affirmed in the Gospels, but it is presupposed by such texts as Rom 1, 3; 2 Tim 2, 8. 

God Is With You This Holy Night    18 Now the origin of Christ was in this wise. When Mary His Mother had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, She was found to be with Child by the Holy Spirit. 19 But Joseph Her husband, being a just man,* and not wishing to expose Her to reproach, was minded to put Her away privately. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord ap­peared to him in a dream, saying, "Do not be afraid, Joseph, son of David, to take to you Mary your wife, for That Which is Begotten in Her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And She shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins." 22 Now all this came to pass that what was spoken by the Lord through the Prophet might be fulfilled, 23 Behold, the Virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son; and they shall call His Name Emmanuel; which is, interpreted, "God with us." (Is 7:14) 24 So Joseph, arising from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. 25 And he did not know Her till* She brought forth Her Firstborn Son. And he called His Name Jesus.              1, 19: Supposing only a natural explanation of Her condi­tion, Joseph, as just, might not proceed to marriage before the law, while his conviction of Her innocence made him un­willing to expose Her to reproach. Private divorce without a stated reason seemed the only solution; cf Dt 24, 1.  1:25: Till, the word may mark a point of time up to which a state, an action or inaction continues, without imply­ing any change thereafter; see Ps 110, 1; Mt 12, 20; 1 Tim 4, 13. Firstborn does not imply that Mary ever bore another child. Among the Jews this title belonged to an only child (if a son) to mark his rights and duties under the Law (Ex 13, 2; Nm 8, 17). Thus the apostolic doctrine of Mary's per­petual virginity is in no way denied by these words.

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CHAPTER 2

The Magi    1 Now when Jesus  was  born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of king Herod, behold, Magi came from the East to Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is He Who is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." 3 But when king Herod heard this, he was troubled, and so was all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and Scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the Prophet, 6 And you, Bethlehem, of the land of Judah, are by no means least among the princes of Judah; for from you shall come forth a Leader Who shall rule My people Israel." (Micah 5:2) 7 Then Herod summoned the Magi se­cretly, and carefully ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared to them. 8 And sending them to Bethle­hem, he said, "Go and make careful in­quiry concerning the Child, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may go and worship Him." 9 Now they, having heard the king, went their way. And behold, the star that they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 And when they saw the star they rejoiced exceedingly. 11 And entering the house, they found the Child with Mary His Mother, and falling down they worshipped Him. And opening their treasures they offer­ed Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.

The Flight into Egypt    13 But when they had departed, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, say­ing, "Arise, and take the Child and His Mother, and flee into Egypt, and remain there until I tell you. For Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him." 14 So he arose, and took the Child and His Mother by night, and withdrew into Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod; that what was spoken by the Lord through the Prophet might be fulfilled,  Out of Egypt I called My Son (Hosea 11:1).

The Innocents   16 Then Herod, seeing that he had been tricked by the Magi, was exceedingly angry; and he sent and slew all the boys in Bethlehem and all its neighborhood who were 2 years old or under, according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the Magi. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken through the Prophet Jeremiah, 18 A voice was heard in Rama, weeping and loud la­mentation; Rachel weeping for her chil­dren, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more. (Jer. 31:15)

The Return to Nazareth     19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, "Arise, and take the Child and His Mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child's life are dead." 21 So he arose and took the Child and His Mother, and went into the land of Israel. 22 But hearing that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee. 23 And he went and settled in a town called Nazareth; that there might be fulfilled what was spoken through the Prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

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The Public Ministry Of Jesus 

CHAPTER 3

John the Baptist    1 Now in those days, John the Baptist came, preaching in the desert of Judea, 2 and saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." 3 For this is he who was spoken of through the Prophet Isaiah, when he said, "The voice of one crying in the desert, Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths."(Isa. 40:3)  4 But John himself had a garment of camel's hair and a leather girdle about his loins, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then there went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region about the Jordan; 6 and they were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many of the Phari­sees and Sadducees coming to his bap­tism, he said to them, "Brood of vipers! Who has shown you how to flee from the Wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruit befitting repentance, 9 and do not think to say within yourselves,  'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that God is able out of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10 For even now the axe is laid at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that is not bringing forth good fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I indeed bap­tize you with water, for repentance. But He Who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fan is in His Hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and will gather His wheat into the barn; but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire.

The Baptism Of Jesus     13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jor­dan, to be baptized by him. 14 And John was for hindering Him, and said, "It is I who ought to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" 15 But Jesus an­swered and said to him, "Let it be so now, for so it becomes us to fulfill all justice." Then he permitted Him. 16 And when Je­sus had been baptized, He immediately came up from the water. And behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and coming upon Him. 17 And behold, a Voice from the heavens said, "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."

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CHAPTER 4

The Temptation     1 Then Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit, to be tempt­ed by the devil. 2 And after fasting 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread." 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, Not by bread alone does man live, but by every Word that comes forth from the Mouth of God." (Deut. 8:3)  5 Then the devil took Him into the Holy City and set Him on the pinnacle of the Temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His Angels charge concerning you; and upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." * (Ps. 91:11,12) 7 Jesus said to him, "It is written further, You shall not tempt the Lord your God." (Deut. 6:13) 8 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. 9 And he said to Him, "All these things will I give You, if You will fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Begone, satan! for it is written, The Lord your God shall you worship and Him only shall you serve." 11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, Angels came and ministered to Him.   4:6  The devil deliberately left part of this passage out from Psalm 91 

Jesus in Capharnaum     12 Now when He heard that John had been delivered up, He withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leav­ing the town of Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capharnaum, which is by the sea, in the territory of Zabulon and Nephthalim; 14 that what was spoken through the Prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled; 15 Land of Zabulon and land of Nephthalim, by the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: 16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light; and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death, a light has arisen.(Isa.9:1,2) 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."

The First Disciples Called      18 As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw 2 brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 19 And He said to them, "Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 And at once they left the nets, and followed Him. 21 And going farther on, He saw 2 other brothers, Jacob* the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with Zeb­edee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 And immediately they left their nets and their father, and followed Him.    4:21 Jacob; His real name. The British changed it to James to honor their king.

Mission of Preaching and Miracles     23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teach­ing in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the peo­ple. 24 And His fame spread into all Syria; and they brought to Him all the sick suf­fering from various diseases and tor­ments, those possessed, and lunatics, and paralytics; and He cured them. 25 And large crowds I followed Him from Galilee and Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.     

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CHAPTER 5

Sermon On The Mount  Chapters 5,6,7

More wisdom in these words than a college professor could utter in a whole lifetime.

The Beatitudes     1 And seeing the crowds. He went up the mountain. And when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. 2 And opening His Mouth He taught them, saying:

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.*

4 Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.

5 Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satis­fied.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the clean of heart,* for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

10 Blessed are they who suffer perse­cution for justice' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

11 Blessed are you when men reproach you, and persecute you, and, speaking falsely, say all manner of evil against you, for My sake. 12 Rejoice and exult, because your re­ward is great in heaven; for so did they persecute the Prophets who were before you."     5:3: Greek: Kingdom of the Heavens.   5, 8: The clean of heart: those free from sin and single-hearted. 

The Disciples Compared to Salt and Light      13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do men light a lamp und put it under the measure, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. 16 Even so let your light shine be­fore men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

The Old Law and the New     17 "Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to de­stroy, but to fulfill. 18  For Amen * I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall be lost from the Law till all things have been accom­plished. 19 Therefore whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I say to you that unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

5, 18: Amen: a Hebrew word meaning "firmly" or "surely." prefixed by Christ to statements of especial solemnity. 

Against Anger     21 "You have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'You shall not kill'; and that whoever shall kill shall be liable to judgment.* 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judg­ment; and whoever says to his brother, `Raca,' *shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, 'You fool!', shall be liable to the fire of Gehenna. 23 There­fore, if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, 24 leave your gift before the altar and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms with your opponent quickly while you are with him on the way: lest your oppo­nent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be cast into prison.* 26 Amen I say to you, you will not come out from it until you have paid the last penny.*

5, 21: To judgment: by the local court. 5, 22: Raca: means "empty-headed." Fool: seems to denote a rebel against God; cf Ps 13 (14), 1.

Gehenna: originally the "Valley of Hinnom." where the bodies of criminals were burnt after execution of sentence. In the

New Testament the name is usually applied to hell. 5:25, 26  Purgatory is described here.  Earthly prisons give early

release all the time, but not the purgatorial prison. See the Purgatory page for many more scriptural references.

Chastity Of Mind And Body      27 "You have heard that it was said to the ancients. 'You shall not commit adul­tery.' 28 But I say to you that anyone who so much as looks with lust at a woman has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 "So if your right eye is an occasion of sin to you, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is better for you that one of your members should perish than that your whole body should be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand is an occasion of sin to you, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is better for you that one of your members should be lost than that your whole body should go into hell.

Divorce     31 "It was said, moreover, `Whoever puts away his wife, let him give her a written notice of dismissal.' 32 But I say to you *that everyone who puts away his wife, save on account of immorality, causes her to commit adul­tery; and he who marries a woman who has been put away commits adultery.

Concerning Oaths     33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients, `You shall not swear falsely, but fulfill your oaths to the Lord.' 34 But I say to you not to swear at all: neither by Heaven, for it is the Throne of God; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the City of the Great King. 36 Neither do you swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your speech be, 'Yes, yes'; 'No, no'; and whatever is beyond these comes from the evil one.

The New Law Of  Talion     38 "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye,' and, 'A tooth for a tooth.' 39 But I say to you not to resist the evildoer; on the contrary, if someone strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if anyone would go to law with you and take your tunic, let him take your cloak as well; 41 and whoever forces you to go for one mile, go with him 2. 42 To him who asks of you, give; and from him who would borrow of you, do not turn away.

The Love Of Enemies     43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and shall hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,* and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in Heaven, Who makes His sun to rise on the good and the evil, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46 For if you love those that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans do that? 47 And if you salute your brethren only, what are you doing more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do that? 48 You therefore are to be perfect, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect.    

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CHAPTER 6

PURITY OF INTENTION

Almsgiving      1 "Take heed not to do your good before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you shall have no reward with your Father in Heaven. 2 "Therefore when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet be­fore you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets, in order that they may be honored by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be given in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Prayer      5 "Again, when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites, who love to pray standing* in the synagogues and at the street corners, in order that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, and closing your door, pray to your Father in secret; and your Father, Who sees in se­cret, will reward you. 7 "But in praying, do not multiply words, as the Gentiles do; for they think that by saying a great deal, they will be heard. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. 9 In this manner therefore shall you pray: 

10 'Our Father Who art in heaven*, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.  12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'

14 For if you forgive men their of­fenses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you your offenses. 15 But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offenses.           6:10:  Greek: 'in the heavens'

Fasting      16 "And when you fast do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, who 'dis­figure their faces in order to appear to men as fasting. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you.

True Riches     19 "Do not lay up for your­selves treasures on earth, where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither rust nor moth consumes, nor thieves break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. 22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye be sound, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. Therefore if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness itself!  24 "No man can serve 2 masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will stand by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.*                6:24: Mammon: worldly goods.

Trust In God       25 "Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life a greater thing than the food, and the body than the clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you of much more value than they? 27 But which of you by being anxious about it can add to his stature a single cubit? 28 "And as for clothing, why are you anxious? Consider how the lilies of the field grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which flourishes today but tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, O you of little faith! 31 "Therefore do not be anxious, say­ing, 'What shall we eat?' or, 'What shall we drink?' or, 'What are we to put on?' 32 (for after all these things the Gentiles seek); for your Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Justice, And All These Things Shall Be Given You Besides. 34 Therefore do not be anxious about to­morrow; for tomorrow will have anxie­ties of its own. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.        

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CHAPTER 7

Avoiding Judgments      1 "Do not judge, that you may not be judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you. 3 But why do you see the speck in your brother's eye, and yet do not consider the beam in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me cast out the speck from your eye'; and behold, there is a beam in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to cast out the speck from your brother's eye. 6 "Do not give to dogs what is holy, neither cast your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet and turn and tear you.

Power Of Prayer      7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you, who, if his son asks him for a loaf, will hand him a stone; 10 or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? 11 Therefore, if you, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts to your chil­dren, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

The Golden Rule    12 "Therefore all that you wish men to do to you, even so do you also to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Obstacles to Virtue     13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruc­tion, and many there are who enter that way. 14 How narrow the gate and close the way that leads to life! And few there are who find it. 15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but in­wardly are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. 21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out devils in Your Name, and work many miracles in Your Name?' 23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you. Depart from Me, you workers of iniquity!'

Conclusion of the Sermon     24 "Everyone therefore who hears these My Words and acts upon them, shall be likened to a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these My Words and does not act upon them, shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and was utterly ruined."

Epilogue     28 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these words, that the crowds were astonished at His teaching; 29 for He was teaching them as one hav­ing authority, and not as their Scribes and Pharisees.

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CHAPTER 8

A Leper     1 Now when He had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came up and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, if You will, You can make me clean." 3 And stretching forth His Hand Jesus touched him, saying, "I will; be made clean." And immediately his lep­rosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, "See you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a wit­ness to them."

The Centurion's Servant       5 Now when He had entered Capharnaum, there came to Him a centurion who entreated Him, 6 saying, "Lord, my servant is lying sick in the house, paralyzed, and is grievously afflicted." 7 Jesus said to him, "I will come and cure him." 8 But in answer the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof; but only say the word, and my (…)* servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man subject to authority, and have soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 10 And when Jesus heard this, He mar­veled,* and said to those who were fol­lowing Him, "Amen I say to you, I have not found such great faith in Israel. 11 And I tell you that many will come from the east and from the west, and will feast with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, 12 but the chil­dren of the Kingdom will be put forth into the darkness outside; there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth." 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; as you have believed, so be it done to you." And the servant was healed in that hour.   8,8: "Lord, I am not worthy… (…)  Good way of starting your own prayer to God.      8, 10: He marveled: does not mean that the centurion's faith surprised Him, but that it met with His ap­proval.

Peter's Mother-in-law and Other Miracles     14 And when Jesus had come into Peter's house, He saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed, sick with a fever. 15 And He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she rose and began to wait on them. 16 Now when it was evening, they brought to Him many who were possessed, and He cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick; 17 that what was spoken through the Prophet Isaiah might be ful­filled, who said,  He Himself took up our infirmities, and bore the burden of our ills. (Isaiah 53:4 )

Sacrifice to Follow Christ     18 But when Jesus saw great crowds about Him, He gave orders to go across the sea. 19 Then a Scribe came and said to Him, "Mas­ter, I will follow you wherever you go" 20 But Jesus said to him, "The foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His Head." 21 And an­other, who was one of His disciples, said to Him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 22 But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me,* and leave the dead to bury their own dead."       8, 22: One called to be a disciple of Jesus must not allow even the care of his family to interfere. Cf Lk 9, 60.

The Storm on the Lake     23 Then He got into a boat, and His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was covered by the waves; but He was asleep. 25 So they came and woke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" 26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there came a great calm. 27 And the men mar­veled, saying, "What manner of Man is This, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

Expulsion of the devils in Gerasa       28 Now when He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gerasenes, there met him 2 men who were pos­sessed, coming from the tombs, so ex­ceedingly fierce that no one could pass by that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" 30 Now not far from them there was a herd of many swine, feeding. 31 And the devils kept entreating Him, saying, "If You cast us out, send us into the herd of swine." 32 And He said to them, "Go!" And they came out and entered into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea, and perished in the water. 33 But the swineherds fled, and going away into the town, they re­ported everything, and what had befallen the men possessed by demons. 34 And behold, all the town came out to meet Jesus; and on seeing Him they entreated Him to depart from their district.

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CHAPTER 9

A Paralytic at Capharnaum         1 And get­ting into a boat, He crossed over and came to His own town. 2 And behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a pallet. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven you." 3 And behold, some of the Scribes said within them­selves, "This Man blasphemes." 4 And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you harbor evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, `Arise, and walk'? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—then He said to the paralytic—"Arise, take up your pallet and go to your house." 7 And he arose, and went away to his house. 8 But when the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear, and glorified God Who had given such power to men.

The Call of Matthew     9 Now as Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax-collec­tor's place, and said to him, "Follow Me." And he arose and followed Him. 10 And it came to pass as He was at table in the house, that, behold, many pub­licans and sinners came to the table with Jesus and His disciples. 11 And the Pharisees seeing it, said to His disciples, "Why does your Master eat with pub­licans and sinners?" 12 But Jesus heard it, and said, "It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. 13 But go, and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I have come to call sinners, not the just." (Hosea 6:6)

The Question of Fasting     14 At that time the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees often fast, whereas Your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 And no one puts a patch of raw cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse rent is made. 17 Nor do people pour new wine into old wine-skins, else the skins burst, the wine is spilt, and the skins are ruined. But they put new wine into fresh skins, and both are saved."

The Ruler's Daughter; the Woman with a Hemorrhage     18 As He was saying this to them, behold, a ruler came up and worshipped Him, saying, "My daughter has just now died; but come and lay Your Hand upon her, and she will return to life." 19 And Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. 20 Now a woman who for 12 years had been suffering from hemorrhage, came up behind him and touched the tassel of his cloak, 21 saying to herself, "If I touch but His cloak I shall be saved." 22 But Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, "Take courage, daughter; your faith has saved you." And the woman was restored to health from that mo­ment. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute players and the crowd making a din, He said, 24 "Begone, the girl is asleep, not dead." And they laughed Him to scorn. 25 But when the crowd had been put out, He went in and took her by the hand; and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this spread through­out all that district.

Two Blind Men      27 Now as Jesus was passing on from there, 2 blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Have pity on us, Son of David!" 28 And when He had reached the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this to you?" They answered Him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, "Let it be done to you according to your faith." 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus strictly charged them, saying, "See that no one knows of this!" 31 But they went out and spread His fame abroad throughout all that district.

A Dumb Demoniac     32 Now as they were going out, behold, there was brought to Him a dumb man possessed by a devil. 33 And when the devil had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never has the like been seen in Israel." 34 But the Pharisees said, "By the prince of devils He casts out devils."

The Mission of the Apostles     35 And Jesus was going about all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every kind of disease and in­firmity. 36 But seeing the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, be­cause they were bewildered and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore Pray The Lord Of The Harvest To Send Forth Laborers Into His Harvest." 

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CHAPTER 10

The Apostles Sent Forth       1 Then having summoned His 12 disciples, He gave them power over un­clean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every kind of disease and infirmity. 2 Now these are the names of the 12 apostles: first Simon, who is called Peter,* and his brother Andrew; 3 Jacob the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the publican; Jacob the son of Alpheus, and Thad­deus; 4 Simon the Cananean,* and Judas Iscariot, he who betrayed Him. 5 These 12 Jesus sent forth, hav­ing instructed them thus: "Do not go in the direction of the Gentiles, nor enter the towns* of Samaritans; 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach the message, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!' 8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Do not keep gold, or silver, or money* in your girdles, 10 no wallet for your journey, nor 2 tunics, nor sandals, nor staff;* for the laborer deserves his living. 11 "And whatever town or village you enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and stay there until you leave. 12 As you enter the house, salute it.* 13 If then that house be worthy, your peace will come upon it; but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever does not receive you, or listen to your words—go forth outside that house or town, and shake off the dust from your feet. 15 Amen I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that town.  10, 2: First Simon, who is called Peter: primacy in the Church belongs to Peter; cf Mt 16, 17-19; Lk 22, 31f; Jn 21, 15-17.   10, 4: Cananean: the surname of Simon has no connection with the tribal name "Canaanite," but is the Hebrew source of the Greek word for "zealot" (cf Mk 3, 18; Lk 6, 15; Acts 1, 13), denoting a member of a class conspicuous in its op­position to foreign power. 10, 5: Towns: the Greek text has "a town."   10, 9: Money: in the Greek, "brass."  10, 10: Staff: probably the cudgel used by shepherds for defense  10, 12: After salute It, the words,  "saying, Peace to this house," are added in many Greek and some Latin MSS.

Opposition Foretold     16 "Behold, I am sending you forth like sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents, and guileless as doves. 17 But beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and scourge you in their syna­gogues, 18 and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a witness to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious how or what you are to speak; for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father Who speaks through you. 21 And brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and put them to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My Name's sake; but He Who Has Persevered To The End Will Be Saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to an­other. Amen I say to you, you will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 24 "No disciple" is above his teacher, nor is the servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and for the servant to be like his master. If they have called the Master of the house beelzebub, how much more those of His household! 26 "Therefore do not be afraid of them. For there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in darkness, speak it in the light; and what you hear whispered, preach it on the housetops. 28 And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather be afraid of Him Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not 2 sparrows sold for a farthing? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave. 30 But as for you, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 "Therefore, everyone who acknowl­edges Me before men, I also will ac­knowledge him before My Father in Heav­en. 33 But whoever disowns Me before men, I in turn will disown him before My Father in Heaven. 34 "Do not think that I have come to send peace* upon the earth; I have come to bring a sword, not peace. 35 For I have come to set a man at variance with his father, and a daughter with her mother, and a daughter-in-law with her mother-in-law; 36 and a man's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake, will find it. 40 "He who receives you, receives Me; and he who receives Me, receives Him Who sent Me. 41 He who receives* a prophet because he is a prophet, shall re­ceive a prophet's reward; and he who re­ceives a just man because he is a just man, shall receive a just man's reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones but a cup of cold water to drink be­cause he is a disciple, Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."           10, 41: To do anything for one of Christ's disciples is to do it for Christ. The union of Christ and the members of His mystical body is very close; in a way they are identified.  

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CHAPTER 11

The Baptist's Deputation     1 Now it came to pass when Jesus had finished giving in­structions to His 12 disciples, that He passed on from there to teach and preach in their towns. 2 But when John had heard in prison of the works of Christ, he sent 2 of his disciples 3 to say * to Him, "Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 4 And Jesus answering said to them, "Go and report to John what you have heard and seen: 5 the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise, the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not scan­dalized in Me."      11:6: Scandalized in Me: i.e., hindered from conceiving the truth concerning Christ.

Christ's Witness Concerning John     7 Then, as they went away, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear soft garments are in the houses of kings. 9 But what did you go out to see? A Prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a Prophet. 10 This is he of whom it is written, Be­hold, I send my messenger before Your Face, Who shall make ready Your way be­fore You.(Malachi 3:1) 11 "Amen I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. 12 But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been enduring violent assault, and the violent have been seizing it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law have prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 16 "But to what shall I liken this gener­ation? It is like children sitting in the market place, 17 who call to their compan­ions, and say, 'We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have sung dirges, and you have not mourned.' 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a devil!' 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold a glutton and a wine-drinker, a friend of publicans and sin­ners!' And wisdom is justified by her works."

The Impenitent Towns      20 Then He be­gan to reproach the towns in which most of His miracles were worked, because they had not repented. 21 "Woe to you, Corozain! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if in Tyre and Sidon had been worked the miracles that have been worked in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the Day of Judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capharnaum, shall you be ex­alted to heaven? You shall be thrust down to hell! For if the miracles had been worked in Sodom that have been worked in you, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you, it will be more toler­able for the land of Sodom on the Day of Judgment than for you."

Jesus Draws Men Gently to Himself      25 At that time Jesus spoke and said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that You hid these things from the wise and prudent, and re­vealed them to little ones. 26 Yes, Father, for such was Your good pleasure. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son ex­cept the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and him to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

28 "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. 29

Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden light." 

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CHAPTER 12

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sab­bath      1 At that time, Jesus went through the standing grain on the Sabbath; and His disciples being hungry began to pluck ears of grain and to eat. 2 But the Phari­sees, when they saw it, said to Him, "Your disciples are doing what it is not lawful for them to do on the Sabbath." 3 But He said to them, "Have you not read what David did when he and those with him were hungry? 4 how he entered the House  of God, and ate the loaves of proposition which neither he nor those with him could lawfully eat, but only the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath days the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath and are guiltless? 6 But I tell you that One greater than the Tem­ple is here. 7 But if you knew what this means, 'I desire mercy, and not sacri­fice,' (Hosea 6:6) you would never have condemned the innocent; 8 for the Son of Man is Lord * even of the Sabbath."         12, 8: Jesus does not make use of His sovereign power to abrogate the Sabbath Law, but He teaches that it should be interpreted in a reasonable way. Cf Mk 2, 24-26 and notes. 

A Man with a Withered Hand     9 And when He had passed on from that place He entered their synagogue. 10 And be­hold, a man with a withered hand was there. And they asked Him, saying, "Is it lawful to cure on the Sabbath?" that they might accuse Him. 11 But He said to them, "What man is there among you who, if he has a single sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much better is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is law­ful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then He said to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he stretched it forth, and it was restored, as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees * went out and took counsel against Him, how they might do away with Him.         12, 14: Cf Mk 3, 6. The Pharisees combine with the Herodians to put Jesus to death.

The Mercy of Jesus     15 Then, knowing this, Jesus withdrew * from the place; and many followed Him and He cured them all, 16 and warned them not to make Him known; 17 that what was spoken through the Prophet Isaiah might be ful­filled, who said, 18 Behold, My Servant, Whom I have chosen, My Beloved in Whom My Soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He will declare judg­ment to the Gentiles. 19 He will not wran­gle, nor cry aloud, neither will anyone hear His Voice in the streets. 20 A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoking wick He will not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory; 21 and in His Name will the Gentiles hope.  (Isaiah 42: 1-4), 15-21: Jesus withdrew: He doubtless gave up syna­gogue preaching for a time. The prohibition against making known His miracles, usually to be accounted for by His de­sire to avoid the over-excitement which kept people from giv­ing proper attention to His preaching, was probably due in this case to the wish of avoiding conflict with the Pharisees.  His meekness recalls to St. Matthew the messianic predic­tion about the Servant of the Lord, in Is 42, 1-4. 

Blasphemy of the Pharisees      22 Then there was brought to Him a possessed man who was blind and dumb; and He cured him so that he spoke and saw. 23 And all the crowds were amazed, and they said, "Can this be the Son of Da­vid?" 24 But the Pharisees, hearing this, said, * "This man does not cast out dev­ils except by beelzebub, the prince of devils." 25 And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 And if satan casts out satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out devils by beelzebub, by whom do your children cast them out? There­fore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come * upon you. 29 Or, how can anyone enter the strong man's house, and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. 31 "Therefore I say to you, that every kind of sin and blasphemy shall be for­given to men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but who­ever speaks against the Holy Spirit,* it will not be forgiven him, either in this world or in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for by the fruit the tree is known. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man from his good treasure brings forth good things; and the evil man from his evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I tell you, that of every idle word * men speak, they shall give account on the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."     12, 24: The Scribes who charged that our Lord's super­natural works were to be attributed to the devil were from Jerusalem, according to Mk 3, 22.  12, 28: The Kingdom of God has come: the victory of Jesus over the demons indicated that He was the Messiah. The king was already gathering His people.  12, 32: The sin against the Holy Spirit is to ascribe to the devil the works of the Holy Spirit. One who thus attacks directly this source of all grace rejects the source of salva­tion.   is morally impossible that he should ever meet the conditions for absolution.  12, 36: An idle word is one which profits neither the speaker nor the hearer. If the word is merely useless, its ut­terance is not seriously wrong.

The Sign Of Jonah      38 Then certain of the Scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying  "Master, we would see a sign from You." 39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous genera­tion demands a sign,* and no sign shall be given it but the sign of the Prophet Jonah. 40 For even as Jonah was in the belly of the fish 3 days and 3 nights, so will the Son of Man be 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineve will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 43 "But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he roams through dry places in search of rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, 'I will return to my house which I left'; and when he has come to it, he finds the place unoccupied, swept and decorated. 45 Then he goes and takes with him 7 other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be with this evil generation also."    12:39: Jesus refuses a sign asked for by the incredulous, to be given under conditions fixed by themselves. He will, however, when the time has come, give them the sign of Jonah, that is, the Resurrection.

Jesus and His Brethren     46 While He was still speaking to the crowds, His Mother and His brethren were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 And someone said to Him, "Behold, Your Moth­er and Your brethren are standing outside, seeking you." 48 But He answered and said to him who told Him, "Who is My Mother and who are My brethren?" 49 And stretching forth His Hand towards His dis­ciples, He said, "Behold My Mother and My brethren! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother."        

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CHAPTER 13

Parable of the Sower     1 On that day Jesus left the house and was sitting by the water's edge. 2 And as great crowds gathered about Him, He got into a boat and sat down. And all the crowd stood on the shore. 3 And He spoke to them many things in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way­side, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 And other seeds fell upon rocky ground, where they had not much earth; and they sprang up at once, because they had no depth of earth; 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And other seeds fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 And other seeds fell upon good ground, and yielded fruit, some 100-fold, some 60-fold, and some 30-fold. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" 10 And the disciples came up and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 And He answered and said, "To you it is given to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For to him who has shall be given, and he shall have abun­dance;* but from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, neither do they understand. 14 In them is being ful­filled the prophecy of Isaiah, who says, Hearing you will hear, but not under­stand; and seeing you will see, but not perceive. 15 For the heart of this people has been hardened, and with their ears they have been hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their mind, and be converted, and I heal them. (Isaiah 6: 9,10) 16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. 17 For Amen I say to you, many prophets and just men have longed to see what you see, and they have not seen it; and to hear what you hear, and they have not heard it. 18 "Hear, therefore, the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom, but does not understand it, the wicked one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is he who was sown by the wayside. 20 And the one sown on rocky ground, that is he who hears the word and receives it immediate­ly with joy; 21 yet he has no root in him­self, but continues only for a time, and when trouble and persecution come be­cause of the word, he at once falls away. 22 And the one sown among the thorns, that is he who listens to the word; but the care of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it is made fruitless. 23 And the one sown upon good ground, that is he who hears the word and understands it; he bears fruit and yields in one case 100-fold, in an­other 60-fold, and in another 30-fold."      13:12: One grace prepares for another; one who fails to correspond with grace will lose what he has.

The Weeds     24 Another parable He set before them, saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 And when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then the weeds appeared as well. 27 And the servants of the house­holder came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' And the servants said to him, 'Will you have us go and gather them up?' 29 'No,' he said, 'lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first and bind them in bundles to burn; but gather the wheat into my barn.' "

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven     31 Another parable He set before them, say­ing, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 This indeed is the smallest of all the seeds; but when it grows up it is larger than any herb and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches." 33 He told them another parable: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and buried in 3 meas­ures of flour, until all of it was leav­ened." 34 All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and without parables He did not speak to them; 35 that what was spoken through the Prophet might be fulfilled, I will open my mouth in para­bles, I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.  (Ps. 78:2)

Explanation of the Parable of the Weeds     36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house.' And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." 37 So answering them He said, "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world; the good seed, the sons of the Kingdom; the weeds, the sons of the wicked one; 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. But the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the Angels. 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered up and burnt with fire, so will it be at the end of the world. 41 The Son of Man will send forth His Angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all scandals and those who work iniquity, 42 and cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth. 43 Then "the just will shine forth like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

The Treasure and the Pearl      44 "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hid­den in a field; he who finds it hides it, and in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When he finds a single pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.

Parable of the Net       47 "Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net cast into the sea that gathered in fish of every kind. 48 When it was filled, they hauled it out, and sitting down on the beach, they gathered the good fish into vessels, but threw away the bad. 49 So will it be at the end of the world. The Angels will go out and separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and will cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth.

Conclusion        51 "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes." 52  And He said to them, "So then, every Scribe instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings forth from his storeroom things new and old."

Jesus at Nazareth       53 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these para­bles, that He set out from that place. 54 And when He had come to His own coun­try, He began to teach them in their syn­agogues, so that they were astonished, and said, "How did This Man come by this wisdom and these miracles? 55 Is not this the carpenter's Son? Is not His Moth­er called Mary, and His brethren Jacob and Joseph and Simon and Jude? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Then where did He get all this?" 57 And they took offense at Him.* But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and in his own house." 58 And because of their unbelief, He did not work many miracles there.   13, 57: The lowliness of Jesus and His relatives proved to be a stumbling-block for the people of Nazareth. He was much different from the Messiah they expected. 

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Death of the Baptist     1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead, and that is why miracu­lous powers are working through him." 3 For Herod had taken John, and bound him, and put him in prison, be­cause of Herodias, his brother's wife. 4 For John had said to him, "It is not law­ful for you to have her." 5 And he would have liked to put him to death, but he feared the people, because they regarded him as a Prophet. 6 But on Herod's birthday, the daugh­ter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 7 Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask of him. 8 Then she, at her mother's prompting, said, "Give me here on a dish the head of John the Baptist." 9 And grieved as he was, the king, be­cause of his oath and his guests, com­manded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. 11And his head was brought on a dish and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12 His disciples came, took away his body, and buried it. And they went and told Jesus.

Jesus Feeds 5,000     13 When Jesus heard this, He withdrew by boat to a desert place apart; but the crowds heard of it and followed Him on foot from the towns. 14 And when He landed, He saw a large crowd, and out of com­passion for them He cured their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, "This is a desert place and the hour is already late; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food." 16 But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away; you yourselves give them some food." 17 They answered Him, "We have here only 5 loaves and 2 fishes." 18 He said to them, "Bring them here to Me." 19 And when He had ordered the crowd to recline on the grass, He took the 5 loaves and the 2 fishes, and looking up to Heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And all ate and were satisfied; and they gath­ered up what was left over, 12 bas­kets full of fragments. 21 Now the num­ber of those who had eaten was 5,000 men, without counting women and children.

Jesus Walks on the Water     22 And immediately afterwards He made His dis­ciples get into the boat and cross the sea ahead of Him, while He dismissed the crowd. 23 And when He had dismissed the crowd, He went up the mountain by Him­self to pray. And when it was late, He was there alone, 24 but the boat was in the midst of the sea, buffeted by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 But in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking upon the sea. 26 And they, seeing Him walking upon the sea, were greatly alarmed, and exclaimed, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 27 Then Jesus immediately spoke to them, saying, "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid." 28 But Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, bid me come to You over the water." 29 And He said, "Come."' Then Peter got out of the boat and walk­ed on the water to come to Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind was strong, he was afraid; and as he began to sink he cried out, say­ing, "Lord, save me!" 31 And Jesus at once stretched forth His Hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32  And when they got into the boat, the wind fell. 33 But they who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."

Other Miracles      34 And crossing over, they came to the land at Genesar. 35 The inhabitants of that place, as soon as they recognized him, sent into that whole country, and brought to Him all the sick, 36 and they entreated Him to let them touch but the tassel of His cloak; and all who touched it were saved.

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Jesus and the Pharisees     1 Then Scribes and Pharisees from Jerusalem came to Him, saying, 2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the ancients? For they do not wash their hands when they take food." 3 But He answered and said to them, "And why do you trans­gress the Commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God said, 'Hon­or your father and your mother'; and, 'Let him who curses father or mother be put to death.' 5 But you say, 'Whoever shall say to his father or mother, "Any sup­port you might have had from me is dedicated to God," does not have to honor his father or his mother.' 6 So you have made void the Commandment of God by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; 9 and in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doc­trine the precepts of men."(Isaiah 29:13) 10 Then He called the crowd to Him, and said to them, "Hear, and understand. 11 What* goes into the mouth does not de­file a man; but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man." 12 Then His disciples came up and said to Him, "Do you know that the Pharisees have taken offense at hearing this saying?" 13 But He answered and said, "Every plant that My Heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides of blind men. But if a blind man guide a blind man, both fall into a pit." 15 But Peter spoke to Him, saying, "Ex­plain to us this parable." 16 And He said, "Are you also even yet without under­standing? 17 Do you not realize that what­ever enters the mouth passes into the belly and is cast out into the drain? 18 But:

The Things That Proceed Out Of The Mouth Come From The Heart, And It Is They That Defile A Man. 19 For Out Of The Heart Come Evil Thoughts, Murders, Adulteries, Im­morality, Thefts, False Witness, Blasphe­mies. 20 These Are The Things That Defile A Man;

but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."       15, 11: Jesus enunciates a principle which will eventually free Christians, not only from the rabbinical traditions, but from the law concerning clean and unclean food. The Apostles themselves did not know, until they received further revela­tion, that they were freed from this law. Cf Acts 10-11.

The Canaanite Woman    21 And leaving there, Jesus retired to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaan­ite woman came out of that territory and cried out to Him, saying, "Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is sorely beset by a devil." 23 He answered her not a word. And His disciples came up and besought Him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." 24 But He answered and said, * "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 25 But she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" 26 He said in answer, "It is not fair to take the chil­dren's bread and to cast it to the dogs." 27 But she said, "Yes, Lord; for even the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." 28 Then Jesus an­swered and said to her, "O Woman, Great Is Your Faith! Let It Be Done To You As You Will." And her daughter was healed from that moment.       15, 24: The departure of our Lord for the region of Tyre and Sidon begins a period in His life in which He devotes Himself chiefly to the instruction of the Apostles

Jesus Heals the Suffering    29 And when Jesus had departed from there, He went along the Sea of Galilee; and He went up the mountain and sat there. 30 And great crowds came to Him, bringing with them the dumb, the blind, the lame, the maim­ed, and many others; and they set them down at His Feet, and He cured them; 31 so that the crowds marveled to see the dumb speak, the lame walk, and the blind see. And they glorified the God of Israel.

Jesus Feeds 4,000     32 Then Jesus called together His disciples and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, for they have now been with Me 3 days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away fasting, lest they faint on the way." 33 And the disci­ples said to Him, "But where in a desert, are we to get enough loaves to satisfy so great a crowd?" 34 Jesus said to them, "How many loaves have you?" And they said, "7, and a few little fishes." 35 And He bade the crowd recline on the ground. 36 Then taking the 7 loaves and the fishes, He gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disci­ples, and the disciples gave them to the crowd. 37 And they all ate and were sat­isfied; and they took up what was left of the fragments, 7 full baskets. 38 Now those who had eaten were 4,000 men, apart from children and women. 39 When He had dismissed the crowd, He got into the boat, and came into the district of Magdala.

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The Pharisees and Sadducees Ask a Sign     1 And the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Him to test Him, and they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But answering them He said, "When it is evening you say, The weather will be fair, for the sky is red.' 3 And in the morn­ing you say, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and lowering.' 4 You know then how to read the face of the sky, but cannot read the signs of the times! An evil and adulterous generation demands a sign, and no sign shall be given it but the sign of Jonah." And He left them and went away.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees     5 And when His disciples crossed the sea, they found that they had forgot­ten to bring bread. 6 And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" 7 But they began to argue among themselves, saying, "We have brought no bread." 8 But Jesus knowing this, said, "You of little faith, why do you argue among yourselves that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet un­derstand, nor remember the 5 loaves among 5,000 men, and how many baskets you took up? 10 Nor the 7 loaves among 4,000, and how many large baskets you took up? 11 Why do you not understand that it was not of bread I said to you, 'Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees'?" 12 Then they understood that He bade them be­ware not of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter's Confession     13 Now Jesus, hav­ing come into the district of Caesarea " Philippi, began to ask His disciples, say­ing, "Who do men say the Son of Man is?" 14 But they said, "Some say, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the Prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, * the Son of the living God." 17 Then Jesus answered and said, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona, * for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in Heaven. 18 And I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church,* and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys * of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." 20 Then He strictly charged His disciples to tell no one * that He was Jesus the Christ.   16, 16f: From the declaration that Peter's knowledge of the nature of Jesus was revealed by the Father, we may be sure that he was not speaking of adoptive sonship" when he called Jesus the Son of the living God. For him the Messiah-ship is transcendent, the Messiah is Divine.   16, 17: Bar-Jona: "son of Jona." Jona is most likely an abridged form of Johanan—John. Peter, in Greek Petros, is a masculine form from Petra, "rock." In Aramaic the name meaning "rock" is Kepha; in Greek it took on the form Kephas.   16, 18: In the Gospels the word Church is used only here and in Mt 18, 17. In the Old Testament it designated the assembly of Israel. Here in speaking of His Church our Lord means a society of men united to serve God as He had taught them to do. Compared with an edifice, it is said to rest on, a rock as did the house of the wise man of Mt 7, 24. The rock was Peter. Of course the strength of the foundation comes from Christ. The gates of hell: hostile, evil powers. Their aggressive force will struggle in vain against the Church. She shall never be overcome; she is indefectible. And since she has the office of teacher (cf Mt 28, 16.20), and since she would be over­come if error prevailed, she is infallible.    16, 19: Keys: a symbol of authority. Peter has the power to admit into the Church and to exclude therefrom. Nor is he merely the porter; he has complete power within the Church. "To bind and loose" seems to have been used by the Jews in the sense of to forbid or to permit; but Mt 18, 18 as well as the present context requires a more compre­hensive meaning. In heaven God ratifies the decisions which Peter makes on earth, in the Name of Christ.   16, 20: Jesus still maintains the secret of His real char­acter. On account of the prevalent views concerning the Messiah and His Kingdom, there was great danger that the people would think that He was to set up an earthly reign. 

Passion and Resurrection Foretold     21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and Scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and on the third day rise again. 22 And Peter taking Him aside, began to chide Him, saying, "Far be it from You, O Lord; this will never happen to You." 23 He turned and said to Peter, "Get be­hind Me, satan, you are a scandal to Me; for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men."

The Doctrine of the Cross     24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For the who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is to come with His Angels in the Glory of His Father, and then He will render to everyone ac­cording to his conduct. 28 Amen I say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom." *    16:28: This saying should not be regarded as closely con­nected with the preceding saying about the Lord's coming in glory. It is introduced in Mk 8, 39 by the formula, "He also said to them." Here there is question not of Jesus' coming in glory but of another coming which establishes His Kingdom on earth, probably that of Pentecost. 

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Jesus Transfigured      1 Now after 6 days Jesus took Peter, Jacob and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves, 2 and was trans­figured before them. And His Holy Face shone as the sun, and His garments became white as snow. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah talking together with Him. 4 Then Peter addressed Jesus, saying, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If You will, let us set up 3 tents here, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 As he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a Voice out of the cloud said, "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear Him." 6 And on hear­ing it the disciples fell on their faces and were exceedingly afraid. 7 And Jesus came near and touched them, and said to them, "Arise, and do not be afraid." 8 But lift­ing up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

On the Coming of Elijah     9 And as they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus cautioned them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one, till the Son of Man has risen from the dead." 10 And the disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then do the Scribes say that Elijah must come first?" 11 But He answered and said, "Elijah in­deed is to come and will restore all things. 12 But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they do not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them of John the Baptist.A Possessed Boy     14 And when He had come to the crowd, a man approached Him and threw himself on his knees before him, saying, "Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic, and suffers severely; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 15 And I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him." 16 Jesus answered and said, "O unbeliev­ing and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me." 17 And Jesus rebuked him; and the devil went out of him; and from that moment the boy was cured. 18 Then the disciples came to Jesus pri­vately and said, "Why could not we cast it out?" 19 He said to them, "Because of your little faith; for Amen I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, * 'Remove from here'; and it will remove. And nothing will be impossible to you. 20 But this kind can be cast out only by prayer and fast­ing."

The Second Prediction of the Passion      21  Now while they were together in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, 22 and they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise again." And they were ex­ceedingly sorry.

Paying the Temple Tax     23 And when they had come to Capharnaum, those who were collecting the didrachma came to Peter, and said, "Does your Master not pay the didrachma?" 24 He said, "Yes." But when he had entered the house, Jesus spoke first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive tribute or customs; from their own sons, or from others?" 25 And he said, "From others." Jesus said to him, "The sons then are * exempt. 26 But that we may not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. And opening its mouth you will find a stater; take that and give it to them for Me and for you."    17,24-26: Ex 30, 13 required the paying of this tax for the Temple. Our Lord as Son of God might claim exemption; He submits to the Law only to avoid scandal.

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Against Ambition    1 At that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, * "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" 2 And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in their midst, 3 and said, "Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Who­ever, therefore, humbles himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Avoiding Scandal    5 "And whoever re­ceives one such little child for My sake, receives Me. 6 But  whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 "Woe to the world because of scan­dals! For it must needs be that scandals come, but woe to the man through whom scandal does come! 8 And if your hand or your foot is an occasion of sin to you, cut it off and cast it from you! It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than, having 2 hands or 2 feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye is an occasion of sin to you, pluck it out and cast it from you! It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than, hav­ing 2 eyes, to be cast into hell-fire.

The Lost Sheep     10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, their Angels in Heaven always be­hold the Face of My Father in Heaven. 11 For the Son of Man came to save what was lost. 12 What do you think? If a man have 100 sheep, and one of them stray, will he not leave the 99 in the mountains, and go in search of the one that has strayed? 13 And if he happen to find it, Amen I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the 99 that did not go astray. 14 Even so, it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones should per­ish.       18, 1-14: In the Church. our Lord's disciples must avoid scandal and practice humility; they must have zeal for the conversion of sinners.

Fraternal Correction     15 "But if your brother sin against you, go and show him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listen to you, you have won your broth­er. 16 But if he do not listen to you, take with you one or 2 more so that on the word of 2 or 3 witnesses every word may be confirmed. 17 And if he re­fuse to hear them, appeal to the Church, but if he refuse to hear even the Church, let him be to you as the heathen and the publican. 18 Amen I say to you, what­ever you bind *on earth shall be bound also in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven.     18, 18: To the Apostles as a body is given a part of the power granted to Peter (Mt 16, 19). There will be no conflict of authority, since Peter is the head of the Church, including the Apostles, he alone having received "the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven."

The Power of United Prayer    19 "I say to you further, that if 2 of you shall agree on earth about anything at all for which they ask, it shall be done for them by My Father in Heaven. 20 For where 2 or 3 are gathered together for My sake, there am I in the midst of them."  18, 19f: Jesus is the center of the religious

life of His followers.

The Unmerciful Servant      21 Then Peter came up to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to 7 times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you 7 times, but * 70 times 7. 23 "This is why the Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a king who desired to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun the settlement, one was brought to him who owed him 10,000 talents. 25 And as he had no means of paying, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 But the servant fell down and besought him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay you all!' 27 And moved with compassion, the master of that servant released him, and forgave him the debt. 28 "But as that servant went out, he met one of his fellow-servants who owed him 100 denarii, and he laid hold of him and throttled him, saying, 'Pay what you owe.' 29 His fellow-servant therefore fell down and began to entreat him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay you all.' 30 But he would not; but went away and cast him into prison until he should pay what was due. 31 "His fellow-servants therefore, seeing what had happened, were very much sad­dened, and they went and informed their master of what had taken place. 32 Then his master called him, and said to him, `Wicked servant! I forgave you all the debt, because you entreated me. 33 Should not you also have had pity on your fellow-servant, even as I had pity on you?' 34 And his master, being angry, handed him over to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 So also My Heavenly Father will do to you, if you do not each forgive your brothers from your hearts."       18, 22: A sinner must be forgiven as often as he repents. The expression 70 times 7 is for an indefinite num­ber.

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1 And it came to pass * when Jesus had brought these words to a close, that He departed from Galilee  and came to the district of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2 And great crowds followed Him, and He cured them there.

The Question of Divorce      3 And there came to Him some Pharisees, testing Him, and saying, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for any cause?" 4 But He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that the Creator, from the be­ginning, made them male and female, and said, 5 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and the 2 shall become one flesh?(Genesis 2:24) 6 Therefore now they are no longer 2, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." 7 They said to him, "Why then did Moses command to give a written notice of dis­missal, and to put her away?" 8 He said to them, "Because Moses, by reason of the hardness of your heart, permitted you to put away your wives; but it was not so from the beginning. 9 And I say to you, that whoever puts away his wife, except for immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a woman who has been put away com­mits adultery." 10 * His disciples said to Him, "If the case of a man with his wife is so, it is not expedient to marry." 11 And He said, "Not all can accept this teaching; but those to whom it has been given. 12 For there are eunuchs who were born so from their mother's womb; and there are eu­nuchs who were made so by men; and there are eunuchs who have made them­selves so for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. Let him accept it who can." 19, 1.9: Divorce is forbidden; cf Mt 5, 32.   19, 10-12: Continence practiced in view of the Kingdom of God is better than the married life.

Jesus Blesses the Children      13 Little children were brought to Him then that He might lay His Hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Je­sus said to them, "Let the * little chil­dren be, and do not hinder them from coming to Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." 15 And when He had laid place Hands on them, He departed from that place.     19, 14: Many of the qualities which characterize children, such as docility, are necessary for admission into the King­dom of God.

The Danger of Riches    16 And behold, a certain man came to Him and said, * "Good Master, what good work shall I do to have eternal life?" 17 He said to him, "Why do you ask Me about what is good? There is One Who is good, and He is God. But if you will enter into life, keep the Commandments." 18 He said to Him, "Which?" And Jesus said, You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. 19 Honor your father and mother. And, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 20 The young man said to him, "All these I have kept; what is yet wanting to me?" 21 Jesus said to him, "If you will be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 22 But when the young man heard the saying, he went away sad, for he had great possessions. 23 But Jesus said to His disciples, "Amen I say to you, with difficulty will a rich man enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 * And further I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven." 25 The disciples, hearing this, were exceedingly astonished, and said, "Who then can be saved?" 26 And look­ing upon them, Jesus said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 27 Then Peter addressed Him, saying, "Behold, we have left all and followed You; what then shall we have?" 28 And Jesus said to them, "Amen I say to you that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man shall sit on the Throne of His Glory, shall also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or fa­ther, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My Name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. 30 But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first.        9, 16: Jesus raises the mind of the young ruler to the One Who is supremely good and the source of all goodness. He does notreveal to him that He Himself is God. He takes into account the mind of the young man who has as yet no idea that Jesus is absolute goodness. Life: not the life of heaven only, but the life of grace here on earth.   19, 24: Our Lord expresses in a paradoxical way the idea that it is very difficult for a rich man to be saved; v 26 shows that it is not impossible with the help of God.

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Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard      1 "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers * for his vine­yard. 2 And having agreed with the labor­ers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And about the 3rd hour,* he went out and saw others stand­ing in the market place idle; 4 and he said to them, 'Go you also into the vine­yard, and I will give you whatever is just.' 5 So they went. And again he went out about the 6th, and about the 9th hour, and did as before. 6 But about the 11th hour he went out and found others standing about, and he said to them, 'Why do you stand here all day idle?' 7 They said to him, 'Because no man has hired us.' He said to them, ' You go also into the vineyard.' 8 But when evening had come, the owner of the vine­yard said to his steward, 'Call the labor­ers, and pay them their wages, begin­ning from the last even to the first.' 9 Now when they of the 11th hour came, they each received a denarius. 10 And when the first in their turn came, they thought that they would receive more; but they each also received his denarius. 11 And on receiving it, they began to murmur against the householder, 12 saying, 'These last have worked a single hour, and you have put them on a level with us, who have borne the burden of the day's heat.' 13 But answering one of them, he said, `Friend, I do you no injustice; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go; I choose to give to this last even as to you. 15 Have I not a right to do what I choose? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 16 Even so, the last shall be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few are chosen."

The Third Prediction of the Passion    17 And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He took the 12 disciples aside by themselves, and said to them, 18 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, 19 and will de­liver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified; and on the third day He will rise again."

The Mother of Jacob and John    20 Then * the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Him with her sons; and worshipping, she made a request of Him. 21 He said to her, "What do you want?" She said to him, "Command that these my 2 sons may sit, one at Your Right Hand and one at Your Left Hand, in Your Kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered and said, "You' do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I am about to drink?" They said to Him, "We can." 23 He said to them, "Of My cup you shall indeed drink; but as for sitting at My Right Hand and at My Left, that is not Mine to give you, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared by My Father." 24 And when the 10 heard this, they were indignant at the 2 brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Him, and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gen­tiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 Not so is it among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 even as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His Life as a ransom for many."      20:20-23: Jacob and John shall partake of our Lord's chalice, that is of His suffering (cf Mt 26, 29). But it does not belong to Him as the Messiah, the envoy sent by the Father, to allot places in the Kingdom. As God, His action in this matter is the same as that of the Father. 

The Blind Men at Jericho     29 And as they were leaving Jericho, a great crowd followed Him. 30 And behold, 2 blind men sitting by the wayside heard that Jesus was passing by, and cried out, say­ing, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"* 31 And the crowd angrily tried to silence them. But they cried out all the louder, saying, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32 Then Jesus stopped, and called them, and said, "What will you have Me do for you?" 33 They said to Him, "Lord, that our eyes be opened." 34 And Jesus, moved with compassion for them, touched their eyes; and at once they received their sight, and followed Him.       20:30   "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!"   The "Jesus Prayer" 'Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me the sinner' developed from this Scripture. Christians have been reciting this prayer for centuries thousands of times/day on their Rosaries or prayer ropes which basically is a Byzantine Rosary of 100 knots on a rope (usually wool).,The knot composed of 7 Crosses to ward off the 7 devils of the 7 capital sins was taught to an Eastern Rite Catholic Priest in the 2nd   century by an Angel from heaven.  To learn more about this and the Jesus Prayer, consult the great spiritual classic, "The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way" ISBN: 978-0385468145. Available as one of the Doubleday "Image" collection of Catholic Books. Used copies are available for about $1 on Amazon.com.

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Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem     1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, on the Mount of Ol­ives, then Jesus sent 2 disciples, say­ing to them, 2 "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone say anything to you, you shall say that the Lord has need of them, and immedi­ately he will send them." 4 Now this was done that what was spoken through the Prophet might be fulfilled, 5 Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your King comes to you, meek and seated upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.  (Zecharias 9:9)  6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7And they brought the ass and the colt, laid their cloaks on them, and made Him sit thereon. 8 And most of the crowd spread their cloaks upon the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees, and strewing them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before Him, and those that followed, kept cry­ing out, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David! * Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the high­est!  (Ps 118:26) 10 And when He entered Jerusalem, all the city was thrown into commotion, saying, "Who is This?" 11 But the crowds kept on saying, "This is Jesus the Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."     21, 9: Son of David: the title is clearly messianic; for the first time our Lord permits a public manifestation in honor of Himself as the Messiah. Hosanna. addressed to God, means "Save us, we pray." The word, however, seems to have been used as a joyous exclamation of welcome.

Cleansing of the Temple      12 And Jesus entered the Temple of God, and cast out all those who were selling and buying in the Temple, and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold the doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, My House shall be called a House of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves." (Isaiah 56:7) 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the Temple, and He healed them. 15 But the chief priests and the Scribes, seeing the wonderful deeds that He did, and the children crying out in the Temple, and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of Da­vid," were indignant, 16 and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" 17 And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouth of infants and sucklings You have perfected praise?" (Ps 8:2) And leaving them, He went out of the city to Bethany and He stayed there.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree    18 Now in the morning, on His way back to the city, He felt hungry. 19 And  seeing a fig tree by the wayside,* He came up to it, and found nothing on it but leaves; and He said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you henceforward forever!" And immediate­ly the fig tree withered up. 20 And upon seeing this the disciples marveled, saying, "How did it come to wither up immediately?" 21 But Jesus an­swered and said to them, "Amen I say to you, if you have faith and do not waver, not only will you do what I have done to the fig tree, but even if you shall say to this mountain, 'Arise, and hurl yourself into the sea,' it shall be done. 22 And all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive."     21, 18f: The incident of the fig tree seems to be a parable in action. The tree was cursed because, despite fine external appearances, it bore no fruit. Cf Lk 13, 6-9 on the sterile fig tree. 

The Authority of Jesus   23 And when He had come into the Temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, a "By what au­thority do You do these things? And Who gave You this authority?" 24 Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question, and if you answer Me this, I in turn will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Whence was the Baptism of John; from Heaven, or from men?" But they began to argue among themselves, saying, 26 "If we say, `From Heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people, for all regard John as a Prophet." 27 And they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." Then He in turn said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.Parable of the 2 Sons    28 "But what do you think? A man had 2 sons; and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in my vineyard.' 29 But he answered and said, 'I will not'; but af­terwards he regretted it and went. 30 And he came to the other and spoke in the same manner. And this one answered, 'I go, sir'; but he did not go. 31 Which of the 2 did the father's will?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen I say to you, the publicans and harlots are entering the Kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the publicans and the harlots believed him; whereas you, seeing it, did not even repent afterwards, that you might believe him.

Parable of the Vine-dressers     33 "Hear another parable. There was a man, a householder, who planted a vineyard, and put a hedge about it, and dug a wine vat in it, and built a tower; then he let it out to vine-dressers, and went abroad. 34 But when the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the vine-dressers to re­ceive his fruits. 35 And the vine-dressers seized his servants, and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent another party of servants more nu­merous than the first; and they did the same to these. 37 Finally he sent his son * to them, saying, "They will respect my son.'  38 "But the vine-dressers, on seeing the son, said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance.' 39 So they seized him, cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 When, therefore, the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-dressers?" 41 They said to him, "He will utterly destroy those evil men, and will let out the vineyard to other vine-dressers, who will render to him the fruits in their seasons."  42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, has become the cor­ner stone; by the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? (Ps 118:22,23)  43 There­fore I say to you, that the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and will be given to a people yielding its fruits. 44 "And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but upon whom­ever it falls, it will grind him to powder." 45 And when the chief priests and Phari­sees had heard His parables, they knew that He was speaking about them. 46 And though they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the people, because they re­garded Him as a Prophet.        21, 37: The son of the householder represents the Son of God Who will be put to death outside of Jerusalem.

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The Marriage Feast    1 And Jesus ad­dressed them, and spoke to them again in parables, * 2 saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king who made a mar­riage feast for his son. 3 And he sent his servants to call in those invited to the marriage feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' 5 But they made light of it, and went off, one to his farm, and another to his business; 6 and the rest laid hold of his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 "But when the king heard of it, he was angry; and he sent his armies, de­stroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, 'The marriage feast indeed is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy; 9 go therefore to the crossroads, and invite to the marriage feast whomever you shall find.' 10 And his servants went out into the roads, and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; and the marriage feast was filled with guests. 11 "Now the king went in to see the guests, and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment. l2 And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' But he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet and cast him forth into the darkness outside, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth.' 14 For many are called, but few are chosen."    22, 1-14: Refers, like the parable of the vineyard, to the rejection of the Jews. A distinct thought is expressed in Mt 22, 11-13, on the need of proper dispositions in the guests at the marriage feast. Many are called: cf Mt 20, 16.  

Tribute to Caesar   15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might trap Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Master, we know that You are truthful, and that You teach the way of God in truth, and that You care naught for any man; for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do you think: Is it law­ful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" 18  But Jesus, knowing their wickedness, said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the coin of the tribute." So they offered Him a denarius. 20 Then Jesus said to them, "Whose are this image and the inscription?" 21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, *"Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 22 And hearing this they marveled, and leaving Him went off.       22, 21: To recognize the currency of a ruler was to recog­nize his authority. Our Lord would have us respect the au­thority God gives to civil rulers. *"Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's… Why did Our Blessed Lord add  "Render … to God the things that are God's"? Because the denarius had an image of Caesar being worshipped.

The Sadducees and the Resurrection     23 On that same day some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him, and questioned Him, 24 saying, "Master, Moses said, 'If a man die with­out having a son, his brother shall marry the widow and raise up issue to his brother.' 25 Now there were among us 7 brothers. And the first, after hav­ing married a wife, died, and having no issue, left his wife to his brother. 26 In like manner the 2nd, and the 3rd down to the 7th. 27 And last of all the woman also died. 28 At the resurrection, therefore, of which of the 7 will she be the wife? For they all had her." 29 But Jesus answered and said to them, "You err because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For at the resurrection they will neither mar­ry nor be given in marriage, but will be as Angels of God in Heaven. 31 But as to the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living." 33 And when the crowds heard this, they marveled at His teaching.

The Great Commandment      34 But the Pharisees, hearing that He had silenced the Sadducees, gathered together. 35 And one of them, a doctor of the Law, putting Him to the test, asked Him, 36 'Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?" 37 Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind. (Deuteronomy 6:5) 38 This is the, greatest and the first commandment. 39 And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (Leviticus 19:18)  40 On these 2 com­mandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."                                                                       The Son of David     41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus questioned them, 42 saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "David's." 43 He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him Lord, saying, 44  The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at My Right Hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool? (Psalm 110:1) 45 If David, therefore, calls Him `Lord,' * how is He His Son?" 46 And no one could answer Him a word; neither did anyone dare from that day forth to ask Him any more questions.      22, 45: David's son is David's Lord: there is implied a claim to Divinity.

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Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees     1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying, * "The Scribes and the Pharisees have sat on the chair of Moses. 3 All things, therefore, that they command you, observe and do. But do not act according to their works; for they talk but do nothing. 4 And they bind to­gether heavy and oppressive burdens, and lay them on men's shoulders; * but not with one finger of their own do they choose to move them. 5 In fact, all their works they do in order to be seen by men; for they widen their phylacteries,* and enlarge their tassels, 6 and love the first place at suppers and the front seats in the synagogues, 7 and greetings in the market place, and to be called by men `Rabbi." But do not be called 'Rabbi'; for one is your Master,* and all you are brothers. 9 And call no one on earth your father; for One is your Father, Who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called masters; for One only is your Master, the Christ. 11 He who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And Whoever Ex­alts Himself Shall Be Humbled, And Who­ever Humbles Himself Shall Be Exalted.     23, 2: The Jews, including our Lord's disciples, must con­form to the Law of Moses for the time being, when it is proclaimed by the Scribes and Pharisees. The teaching of our Lord elsewhere makes it clear that His disciples need not comply with rabbinic tradition.    23, 4: By their casuistry the Scribes and Pharisees exempt themselves from much that is burdensome to others.     23, 5: Phylacteries: little boxes containing Scripture texts which were bound to the forehead and left arm when the Jews were saying their prayers. A misinterpretation of the Law made them think they were obliged to wear them. The fringes, tassels attached to the cloak, were prescribed by Nm 15, 37-41; Dt 22, 12.    23, 7: Rabbi: means "my master."    23, 8-11: It would be blamable for Christians to give or receive such titles as "master,' "father," "doctor," without recognizing that one is "father in Christ," that is, in union with and subordination to our Lord and to the Father.   

Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees   13 "But woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  because you shut the Kingdom of Heaven against men. For you yourselves do not go in, nor do you al­low those going in to enter. 14 "Woe to you, Scribes and Phari­sees, hypocrites! because you devour the houses of widows, praying long prayers. For this you shall receive a greater judg­ment. 15 "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you traverse sea and land to make one convert; and when he has become one, you make him 2-fold more a son of hell than yourselves. 16 "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, * 'Whoever swears by the Temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the Temple, he is bound.' 17 You blind fools! for which is greater, the gold, or the Temple which sanctifies the gold? 18 `And whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is bound.' 19 Blind ones! for which is greater, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar swears by it, and by all things that are on it; 21 and he who swears by the Temple swears by it, and by Him Who dwells in it. 22 And he who swears by Heaven swears by the Throne of God, and by Him Who sits upon it. 23 "Woe to you, Scribes and Phari­sees,* hypocrites! because you pay tithes on mint and anise and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Law, right judgment and mercy and faith. These things you ought to have done, while not leaving the others un­done. 24 Blind guides, who strain out the gnat but swallow the camel!  25 "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but within they are full of robbery and uncleanness. 26 You blind Pharisee! clean first the in­side of the cup and of the dish, that the outside too may be clean. 27 "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you are like whited sepulchers, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear just to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 "Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You who build the sepulchers of the Prophets, and adorn the tombs of the just, 30 and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been their accomplices in the blood of the Prophets.' 31 Thus you are witnesses * against yourselves that you are the sons of those who killed the Prophets. 32 "You also fill up the measure of your fathers. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers, how are you to escape the judgment of hell? 34 Therefore, behold, I send you Prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them you will put to death, and crucify, and some you will scourge in your syna­gogues, and persecute from town to town; 35 that upon you may come all the just blood that has been shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the just unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the Temple and the altar. 36 Amen I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem! you who kill the Prophets, and stone those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you would not! 38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I say to you, you shall not see Me henceforth until you shall say, 'Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!'  23, 16-22: Our Lord refutes rabbinic distinctions about the formulas of an oath.   23, 23.28: The Pharisees, who were so strict about ex­ternal observances, were not sufficiently concerned about the inner life.    23, 31-39: Persons are rewarded and punished only for their own actions; but the Pharisees shared in the dispositions of those who killed the Prophets. They would persecute the Apostles and the other messengers of Christ. They would also associate themselves with the crime which Jerusalem would commit against the Savior. Their Temple would be desolate, abandoned by God.

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Destruction of Jerusalem and End of the World   1 And Jesus left the Temple and was going away, when His disciples came forward to show Him the buildings of the Temple. 2 But He answered and said to them, "Do you see all these things? Amen I say to you, there will not be left here one stone * upon another that will not be thrown down." 3 And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him pri­vately, saying, "Tell us, when are these things to happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the world?" 4 And in answer Jesus said to them,* "Take care that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in My Name, say­ing, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. 6 For you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Take care that you do not be alarmed, for these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and king­dom against kingdom; and there will be pestilences and famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are the beginnings of sorrows. 9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation, and will put you to death; and you will be hated by all nations for My Name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away, and will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise, and will lead many astray. 12 And because iniquity will abound, the charity of the many will grow cold. 13 But whoever perseveres to the end, he shall be saved. 14 And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world, for a witness to all nations; and then will come the end.     .     24, 2: Not only would the Temple be abandoned by God, but it would be completely destroyed.   24, 4-14: This passage probably refers not to the time which precedes the destruction of Jerusalem but to the whole period which precedes the Second Coming. That it will be of considerable duration is indicated by the statement that the Gospel will be preached to the whole world. Vv 15-20 refer to the destruction of Jerusalem. The account of our Lord's discourse by St. Matthew (and St. Mark in a parallel passage) does not make it clear whether vv 21-22 refer to Jerusalem or to the tribulation which precedes the Second Coming.    

Destruction of Jerusalem   15 "Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation,* which was spoken of by the Prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place—let him who reads understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 17 and let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything from his house; 18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are with child,* or have infants at the breast in those days! 20 But pray that your flight may not be in the winter, or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor will be. 22 And unless those days had been short­ened, no living creature would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.           24, 15: The abomination of desolation: cf Dn 9, 27; 11, 31; 12, 11. In 1 Mc 1, 57 an application of the prophecy is found in the setting up of a statue of jupiter in the Temple. The prophecy will be fulfilled a second time for Jerusalem but not necessarily in the same way. St. Luke sees "the abomination of desolation" in the army which surrounded and destroyed Jerusalem.   24, 19f: The flight from the doomed city would be partic­ularly hard on mothers with child. Winter would make the flight very difficult. The Christians of Jerusalem, who would still be following the Jewish Law, would not feel free to take flight on a Sabbath.  

The Signs of the Last Day   23 "Then if anyone say to you, 'Behold,* here is the Christ,' or, 'There he is,' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25 Behold, I have told it to you beforehand. 26 If therefore they say to you, 'Behold, he is in the desert,' do not go forth; 'Behold, he is in the inner chambers,' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines even to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 Wherever the body is, *there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 "But immediately after the tribula­tion of those days, the sun will be dark­ened, and the moon will not give her light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. 30 And then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in Heaven; and then will all tribes of the earth mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of Heaven with great power and majesty. 31 And He will send forth His angels with a trumpet and a great sound, and they will gather His elect from the 4 winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.     24, 23-31: The description of the Second Coming is given partly in figurative words of Scripture, as in Is 13.  The sign of the Son of Man is probably the Cross.       24, 28: As birds of prey gather at the place where the body is, so will men be gathered to Christ for the Judgment.

Jerusalem's Impending Destruction     32 "Now *from the fig tree learn this para­ble. When its branch is now tender, and the leaves break forth, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door. 34 Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things have been accomplished. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away.     24, 32-36: This passage seems at first sight, on account of its immediately preceding context, to refer to the Second Coming as well as to the destruction of Jerusalem; and so the words of our Lord, This generation will not pass away till all these things have been accomplished, would promise the Second Coming before the death of many of those then living. But He does not actually make this promise, for He says explicitly that no one knows, not even Himself (with a knowledge He may communicate), when it will come. That day: in the Bible, this predicted day always refers to the Day of Judgment. This generation: may mean that the Jewish nation would survive to the end of the world. The expression does not always necessarily refer to contemporaries. And de­spite their position, the words may be referred to the de­struction of Jerusalem. The signs announcing it would en­able the Christians to flee, whereas the end of the world was to come suddenly and there would be no escape from the calamities which preceded it.

The Need of Watchfulness   36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the Angels of Heaven, but the Father only. 37 And as it was in the days of Noah, even so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and swept them all away; even so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then 2 men will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left; 41 2 women will be grinding at the mill­stone; one will be taken, and one will be left."

Exhortation to Vigilance   42 "Watch therefore, for you do not know at what hour your Lord is to come. 43 But of this be assured, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was com­ing, he would certainly have watched, and not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, because at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. 45 Who, do you think, is the faithful and prudent servant whom his master has set over his household to give them their food in due time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, shall find so doing. 47 Amen I say to you, he will set him over all his goods. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My mas­ter delays his coming,' 49 and begins to beat his fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect, and in an hour he does not know, 51 and will cut him asunder and make him share the lot of the hypocrites. There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth.    

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CHAPTER 25

Parable of the 10 Virgins   1 "Then will the Kingdom of Heaven be like 10 vir­gins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the Bridegroom* and the Bride. 2 Five of them were foolish and 5 wise. 3 But the 5 foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, 4 while the wise did take oil in their ves­sels with the lamps. 5 Then as the Bride­groom was long in coming, they all be­came drowsy and slept. 6 And at mid­night a cry arose, 'Behold, the Bride­groom is coming, go forth to meet Him!' 7 Then all those virgins arose and trim­med their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 The wise answered, saying, 'Lest there may not be enough for us and for you, go rather to those who sell it, and buy some for your­selves.' 10 "Now while they were gone to buy it, the Bridegroom came; and those who were ready went in with Him to the Marriage Feast, and the door was shut. 11 Finally there came also the other virgins, who said, 'Sir, Sir, open the door for us!' 12 But He answered and said, 'Amen I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Parable of the Talents   14 "For it is like a man going abroad, who called his servants and handed over his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and to another one, to each according to his particular ability, and then he went on his journey. 16 And he who had received the 5 talents went and traded with them, and gained 5 more. 17 In like manner, he who had re­ceived the 2 gained 2 more. 18 But he who had received the one went away and dug in the earth and hid his master's money. 19 "Then after a long time the master of those servants came and settled ac­counts with them. 20 And he who had re­ceived the 5 talents came and brought 5 other talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me 5 talents; be­hold, I have gained 5 others in addi­tion.' 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 "And he also who had received the 2 talents came and said, 'Master, you handed over to me 2 talents; be­hold, I have gained 2 more.' 23 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; because you have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many; enter into the joy of your master.' 24 "But he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Master, I know that you are a stern man; you reap where you have not sowed and gather where you have not winnowed; 25 and as I was afraid, I went away and hid your talent in the earth; behold, you have what is yours.' 26 But his master answered and said to him, 'Wicked and slothful servant! you knew that I reap where I do not sow, and gather where I have not winnowed? 27 You should therefore have entrusted my money to the bankers, and on my return I should have got back my own with interest. 28 Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the 10 talents. 29 For to everyone who has shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him who does not have, even that which he seems to have shall be taken away. 30 But as for the unprofitable servant, cast him forth into the darkness outside, where there will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth.'

THE LAST JUDGMENT

 31 "But when the Son of Man shall come in His Majesty, and all the Angels with Him, then He will sit on the Throne of His Glory; 32 and be­fore Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from an­other, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will set the sheep on His Right Hand, but the goats on the Left. 34 "Then the King will say to those on His Right Hand, 'Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 naked and you cover­ed Me; sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 Then the just will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You; or thirsty, and give You drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and take You in; or naked, and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And an­swering the King will say to them, 'Amen I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, you did it for Me.' 41 "Then He will say to those on His Left Hand, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry, and you did not give Me to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 1 was a stranger and you did not take Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.' 44 Then they also will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?' 45 Then He will answer them saying, 'Amen I say to you. as long as you did not do it for one of these least ones, you did not do it for Me.' 46 And these will go into everlasting punish­ment, but the just into everlasting life."

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THE PASSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION

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1 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished all these words, that He said to His disciples, 2 "You know that after 2 days *the Passover will be here; and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."

The Council   3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered to­gether in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiphas, 4 and they took coun­sel together how they might seize Jesus by stealth and put Him to death. 5 But they said, "Not on the feast, or there might be a riot among the people."

The Anointing at Bethany  6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house* of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came up to Him with an alabaster jar of precious ointment, and she poured it on His Head, as He reclined at table. 8 But when the disciples saw this, they were indignant, and said, "To what purpose is this waste? 9 for this might have been sold for much and given to the poor." 10 But Jesus, perceiving it, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? She has done Me a good turn. 11 For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have Me. 12 For in pouring this ointment on My Body, she has done it for My burial. 13 Amen I say to you, wherever in the whole world this Gospel is preached, this also that she has done shall be told in memory of her."      26, 2: Wednesday.   26, 6-13: The supper is that spoken of in Jn 12, 1-8, which took place 6 days before the Passover. The evangelist places it here to bring together the narratives of the anoint­ing and of the betrayal of judas. 

The Betrayal     14   Then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15 and said to them, "What are you willing to give me for delivering Him to you?" But they assigned him 30 pieces of silver. 16 And from then on he sought out an opportunity to betray Him.

Preparation   17 Now on the first day of the Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" 18 But Jesus said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Master says, My time is near at hand; I am keeping the Passover with My disciples at your house.'" 19 And the disciples did as Jesus bade them, and pre­pared the Passover.

THE LAST SUPPER

The Betrayer     20 NOW when evening arrived, He reclined at table with the 12 disciples. 21 And while they were eating, He said, "Amen I say to you, one of you will betray Me." 22 And being very much saddened they began each to say, "Is it I, Lord?" 23 But He answered and said, "He who dips his hand into the dish with Me, he will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes His way, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It were better for that man if he had not been born." 25 And judas who betrayed Him answered and said, "Is it I, Rabbi?" He said to him, "You have said it."

THE HOLY EUCHARIST      26 And while they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed and broke, and gave it to His dis­ciples, and said, "Take and eat; this is My Body." 27 And taking a cup, He gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, "All of you drink of this; 28 for this is My Blood of the New Covenant, Which is be­ing shed for many unto the forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new with you in the Kingdom of My Father."

2 QUESTIONS ON THE EUCHARIST

Did Christ have the Divine POWER to change bread and wine into His Body and Blood to be Spiritual Food

for our souls to help us to save our souls?  Did Christ have the LOVE in His Sacred Heart to institute the Eucharist

to empower us to save our souls and become saints

Peter's Denials Predicted   30 And after reciting a hymn, they went out to Mount Olivet. 31 Then Jesus said to them, "You will all be scandalized this night because of Me; for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. (Zechariah 13:7)  32 I But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee." 33 But Peter answered and said to Him, "Even though all shall be scandalized because of You, I will never be scandalized." 34 Jesus said to him, "Amen I say to you, this very night, before a cock crows, you will deny Me 3 times." 35 Peter said to Him, "Even if I should have to die with you, I will not deny You!" And all the disciples said the same thing.

THE PASSION AND DEATH OF JESUS

The Agony in the Garden   36 Then Jesus came with them to a country place called Gethsemani, and He said to His dis­ciples, "Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray." 37 And He took with Him Peter and the 2 sons of Zebedee, and He began to be saddened and exceed­ingly troubled. 38 Then He said to them, "My Soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch with Me." 39 And going forward a little, He fell prostrate and prayed, saying, "Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." 40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, "Could you not, then, watch ONE HOUR with Me? 41 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." 42 Again a second time He went away and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your Will Be Done." 43 And He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 And leaving them He went back again, and prayed a third time, saying the same words over. 45 Then He came to His disciples, and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest! Be­hold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us go. Behold, he who betrays Me is at hand."

Jesus Arrested   47 And while He was yet speaking, behold judas, one of the 12, came and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, that is He; lay hold of Him." 49 And he went straight up to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and kissed Him. 50 And Jesus said to him, "Friend, for what purpose have you come?" Then they came forward and set hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached out his hand, drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, "Put back your sword into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you suppose that I cannot entreat My Father, and He will even now furnish Me with more than 12 legions of Angels? 54 How then are the Scriptures to be ful­filled, that thus it must take place?" 55 In that hour Jesus said to the crowds, "As against a robber you have come out, with swords and clubs, to seize Me. I sat daily with you in the Temple teaching, and you did not lay hands on Me." 56 Now all this was done that the Scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

Jesus before the Sanhedrin    57 Now those who had taken Jesus led Him away to Caiphas the high priest, where the Scribes and the elders had gathered together. 58 But Peter was following Him at a distance, even to the courtyard of the high priest, and he went in and sat with the attendants to see the end. 59 Now the chief priests and all the San­hedrin were seeking false witness against Jesus, that they might put Him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. But last of all 2 false witnesses came forward, 61 and said, "This Man said, 'I am able to destroy the Temple of God, and to rebuild it after 3 days.' " 62 Then the high priest, standing up, said to Him, "Do You make no answer to the things that these men prefer against You?" 63 But Jesus kept silence. And the high priest said to Him, "I ad­jure You by the Living God that You tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God." 64 Jesus said to him, "You have said it. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the Right Hand of the Power and coming upon the clouds of heaven." 65 Then the high priest tore his gar­ments, saying, "He has blasphemed; what further need have we of witnesses? Be­hold, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?" And they an­swered and said, "He is liable to death." 67 Then they spat in His Face and buffet­ed Him; while others struck His Face with the palms of their hands, 68 saying, "Prophesy to us, O Christ! who is it that struck You?"

Peter's Denial     69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard; and a maid­servant came up to him and said, "You also were with Jesus the Galilean." 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "1 do not know what you are saying." 71 And when he had gone out to the gate­way, another maid saw him, and said to those who were there, "This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth." 72 And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know The Man!" 73 And after a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you also are one of them, for even your speech betrays you." 74 Then he began to curse and to swear that he did not know The Man. And at that moment a cock crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said, "Before a cock crows, you will deny Me 3 times." And he went out and wept bit­terly.   

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1 Now when morning came all the chief priests and the elders of the peo­ple took counsel together against Jesus in order to put Him to death.: 2 And they bound Him and led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the *procurator.         27, 2: Upon the deposition of Archelaus in 6 A. D., Judea became a Roman province and was governed by a procurator. Pontius Pilate was procurator from 26 to 36 A. D.  

The End of judas   3  Then judas, who betrayed Him, when He saw that He was condemned, repented and brought back the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned in betraying Innocent Blood." But they said, "What is that to us? See to it yourself." 5 And he flung the pieces of silver into the Temple, and withdrew; and went away and hanged himself with a halter.  6 And the chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, seeing that it is the price of blood." 7 And after they had consulted together, they bought with them the potter's field, as a burial place for strangers. 8 For this reason that field has been called even to this day, Hacel-dama, that is, the Field of Blood. 9 Then what was spoken through the Prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, And they took the 30 pieces of silver, the price of Him Who was priced, upon Whom the children of Israel set a price; 10 and they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me. (Jeremiah 32:6-9)

Jesus before Pilate   11 Now Jesus stood before the procurator, and the procurator asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" Jesus said to him, "You say it." 12 And when He was accused by the chief priests and the elders, He made no answer. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, "Do you not hear how many things they prefer against You?" 14 But He did not answer him a single word, so that the procurator wondered exceeding­ly.  15 Now at festival time, the procurator used to release to the crowd a prisoner, whomever they would. 16 Now he had at that time a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said, "Whom do you wish that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that they had delivered Him up out of envy. 19 Now, as he was sitting on the judgment-seat, his wife sent to him, say­ing, "Have nothing to do with That Just Man, for I have suffered many things in a dream today because of Him." 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to destroy Jesus. 21 But the procurator ad­dressed them, and said to them, "Which of the 2 do you wish that I release to you?" And they said, "Barabbas." 22 Pilate said to them, "What then am I to do with Jesus Who is called Christ?" 23 They all said, "Let Him be Crucified!" The procurator said to them. "Why, what evil has He done?" But they kept crying out the more, saying, "Let Him be Cruci­fied!"  24 Now Pilate, seeing that he was doing no good, but rather that a riot was break­ing out, took water and washed his hands in sight of the crowd, saying, "I am in­nocent of the Blood of this Just Man; see to it yourselves." 25 And all the people answered and said, "His Blood be on us and on our children."

The Scourging and Crowning   26 Then he released to them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged and delivered to them to be Crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the procurator took Jesus into the praetorium, and gathered together about Him the whole cohort. 28 And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet cloak; 29 and plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His Head, and a reed into His Right Hand; and bending the knee before Him they mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed and kept striking Him on the Head.e Way of the Cross   31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the cloak off Him and put His own garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. 32 Now as they went out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon; him they forced to take up His Cross. 33 And they came to the place called Golgotha, that is, the Place of the Skull.

The Crucifixion   34 And they gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall; but when He had tasted it, He would not drink. 35 And after they had crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots, to ful­fill what was spoken through the Prophet, They divided My garments among them, and upon My vesture they cast lots. (Ps. 22:18)  36 And sitting down they kept watch over Him. 37 And they put above His Head the charge against Him, written, THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then 2 robbers were crucified with Him, one on His Right Hand and one on His Left. 39 Now the passers-by were jeering at Him, shaking their heads, 40 and saying, "You Who destroy the Temple, and in 3 days build it up again, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the Cross!" 41 In like manner, the chief priests with the Scribes and the elders, mocking, said, 42 "He saved others, Himself He cannot save! If He is the King of Israel, let Him come down now from the Cross, and we will believe Him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He wants Him; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.' " 44 And the robbers also, who were crucified with Him, reproached Him in the same way.

The Death of Jesus   45 Now from the 6th hour there was darkness over the whole land until the 9th hour. 46 But about the 9th hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabacthani," * that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47 And some of the bystanders on hearing this said, This Man is calling Elijah." 48 And immediately, one of them ran, and taking a sponge, soaked it in common wine, and offered it to Him to drink. 49  But the rest said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah is coming to save Him." 50 But Jesus again cried out with a loud voice, and gave up His Spirit.  51 And behold, the curtain of the Temple was torn in 2 from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent, 52 and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep arose, 53 and coming forth out of the tombs after His Resurrection, they came into the Holy City, and appeared to many.  54 Now when the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, they were very much afraid, and they said, "Truly He was the Son of God."  55 And many women were there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Jacob and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

The Burial  57 Now when It was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, Joseph by name, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and as asked for the Body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered the Body to be given up. 59 And Joseph taking the Body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid so it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock. Then he rolled a large stone to the entrance of the tomb, and departed. 61 But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher.

Precautions of the Chief Priests     62 And the next day, which was the one after the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and the ­Pharisees went in a body to Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, as we have remembered how that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, 'After 3 days I will rise again.' 64 Give orders, therefore, that the sepulcher be guarded until the third day, or, else His disciples may; Come and steal Him away; and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead' and the last imposture will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, 65 "You have a guard; go, guard it as well as you know how." 66 So they went and made the sepulcher secure, sealing the stone, and setting the-guard.   

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CHAPTER 28

The Resurrection of Jesus

The Women at the Grave   1  NOW LATE IN THE NIGHT of the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the sepulcher.  2 And. behold, there was a great earthquake, for an Angel of the Lord came down from heaven, and drawing near rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. 3 His coun­tenance was like lightning, and his raiment like snow. 4 And for fear of him, the guards were terrified, and became like dead. men.  5 But the Angel spoke and said to the women: "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus, Who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He has risen even as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord was laid. 7 And go quickly; tell His disciples that He has risen; and behold, He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him. Behold I have foretold it to you." 8 And they departed quickly from the tomb in fear and great joy, and ran to tell His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" And, they came' up and embraced His Feet and worshipped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go, take word to My brethren that they are to set out for Galilee; there they shall see Me.

The Guards and the Chief Priests    11 Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and had con­sulted together, they gave much money to the soldiers, telling them, 13 "Say, "His disciples came by night and stole Him while we were sleep­ing.' 14 And if the procurator hears of this,' we will persuade him and keep you out of trouble." 15 And they took the money, and did as they were in­structed; and this story has been spread abroad among the Jews even to the present day.

Commission of the Apostles     16  But the 11 disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them to go. 17 And when they saw Him they worshipped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus drew near and spoke to them saying, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold; I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world."      28, 16-20: St. Matthew's last words are the climax of his Gospel; Christ sends forth His Apostles to conquer the world and make all men His disciples.

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The 2nd Gospel was written by St. Mark who, in the New Testament, is sometimes called John Mark. Both he and his mother, Mary, were highly esteemed in the early Church, and his mother's house in Jerusalem served as a meeting place for Christians there. He was associated with St. Paul and St. Barnabas (who was Mark's cousin) on their missionary journey through the island of Cyprus. Later he accompanied St. Barnabas alone. We know also that he was in Rome with St. Peter and with St. Paul. Tradition ascribes to him the founding of the Church in Alexandria. His feast falls on April 25.  St. Mark wrote the Gospel in Rome sometime before the year 60 A.D., that he wrote it in Greek for the Gentile con­verts to Christianity. Tradition tells us that St. Mark was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of St. Peter. This seems to be confirmed by the position which St. Peter has in this Gospel. In this way the second Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles. St. Mark's purpose is to show to the Romans that Jesus is the Savior, and that He is Divine. To this end he attends more to the miracles of our Lord than to His sermons, giving only a few of the parables at length. The author, however, gives in some detail the events he narrates, and leaves the impression of an eyewitness. His language is simple, and yet earnest and full of charm.

THE PUBLIC MINISTRY OF JESUS

CHAPTER 1

John the Baptist   1 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.* 2 As it is written in the Prophet Isaiah, Behold, I send My messenger before You, who shall prepare Your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the desert, "Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths," (Isa. 40:3) 4 there came John in the de­sert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea went out to him, and all the inhabitants of Jeru­salem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 And John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather girdle about his loins, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, 7 "One mightier than I is coming after me, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."      , 1: Son of God: It implies the Divinity of the Messiah here.

The Baptism of Jesus   9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was bap­tized by John in the Jordan. 10 And im­mediately on coming up from the water He saw the heavens opened and the Spirit, as a dove, descending and remaining upon Him. 11 And there came a Voice from the Heavens, "You are My Beloved Son, in You I am well pleased."

The Temptation   12 And immediately the Spirit drove Him forth into the desert. 13 And He was in the desert 40 days and 40 nights, being tempted the while by satan; and was with the wild beasts, and the Angels ministered to Him.

In Galilee  14 And after John had been delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Re­pent and believe in the Gospel."

The First Disciples Called   16 And pass­ing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the sea (for they were fishermen). 17 And Jesus said to them, "Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 18 And at once they left the nets, and followed Him. 19 And going on a little farther, He saw Jacob the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; they also were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately He called them. And they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed Him. 21 And they entered Capharnaum. And immediately on the Sabbath, He went into the synagogue and began to teach them. 22 And they were astonished at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority,* and not as the Scribes.

The Cure of a Demoniac   23 Now in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, 24 saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are. The Holy One of God." 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold your peace; and go out of the man." 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, went out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they inquired among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." 28 And rumor concerning Him went forth immediately into all the region round about Galilee.

Peter's Mother-in-law   29 And as soon as they came out of the synagogue,* they, with Jacob and John, came* to the house of Simon and Andrew. 30 Now Simon's mother-in-law was keeping her bed sick with a fever, and they imme­diately told Him about her. 31 And draw­ing near, He took her by the hand and raised her up; and the fever left her at once, and she began to wait on them.     1, 29: The better Greek MSS read: "He, with Jacob and John, came," etc.

Other Miracles   32 Now when it was evening, and the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were ill and who were possessed. 33 And the whole town had gathered together at the door. 34 And He cured many who were afflicted with various diseases, and cast out many de­vils; and He did not permit them to speak, because they knew Him. 35 And rising up long before daybreak, He went out and departed into a desert place, and there He prayed. 36 And Simon, and those who were with Him, followed Him. 37 And they found Him and said to Him, "They are all seeking You." 38 And He said to them, "Let us go into the neighboring villages and towns, that there also I may preach. For this is why I have come." 39 And He was preaching in their synagogues, and throughout all Galilee, and casting out devils.

A Leper   40 And a leper came to Him, entreating Him; and kneeling down he said, "If You will, You can make me clean." 41 And Jesus, having compassion on him, stretched forth His Hand and touched him, and said to him, "I will; be made clean." 42 And when He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 Then He strictly charged him, and immediately drove him away. 44 And He said to him. "See you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the high priest,* and offer for your purification the things that Moses com­manded, for a witness to them." 45 But he went out, and began to publish and to spread abroad the fact, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but remained outside in desert places. And they kept coming to Him from every direction.    1, 44: The Mosaic Law prescribed this showing to the priest and also an offering.

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CHAPTER 2

A Paralytic at Capharnaum   1 And af­ter some days, He again entered Capharnaum 2 and it was reported that He was at home. And many gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even around the door. 3 And He spoke the Word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by 4 men. 4 And since they could not bring Him to Jesus because of the crowd, they stripped off the roof where He was, and, having made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. 5 And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." 6 Now some of the Scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does This Man speak thus? He blasphemes. Who can forgive sins, but only God?" 8 And at once Jesus, know­ing in His Spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, said to them, "Why are you arguing these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, and take up your pallet, and walk'? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—He said to the paralytic— 11 "I say to you, arise, take up your pallet, and go to your house." 12 And immediate­ly he arose and, taking up his pallet, went forth in the sight of all, so that they were all amazed, and glorified God, say­ing, "Never did we see the like."

The Call of Levi   13 And He went forth again by the water's edge, and all the crowd kept coming to Him, and He taught them. 14 And as He was passing along, He saw Levi, the son of Alpheus, sitting in the tax-collector's place, and He said to him, "Follow Me." And he arose and followed Him. 15 And it came to pass as He was at table in Levi's house, that many publicans and sinners were at table with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many and they also followed Him. 16 And the Scribes and the Pharisees, see­ing that He ate with sinners and publi­cans, said to His disciples, "Why does your Master eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" 17 And Jesus heard this, and said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. For I have not come to call the just, but sinners."

Fasting   18 And the disciples of John and the Pharisees were fasting. And they came, and said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, whereas Your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast as long as the Bridegroom is with them? 20 As long as they have the Bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them and then they will fast on that day. 21 No one sews a patch of raw cloth on an old garment; else the new patch tears away from the old, and a worse rent is made. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wine-skins; else the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is spilt, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh skins."

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sabbath   23 And it came to pass again as He was going through the standing grain on the Sabbath, that His disciples began, as they went along, to pluck the ears of grain. 24 But the Pharisees said to Him, "Behold, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" 25 And He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he and those who were with him were in need, and hungry? 26 how he entered the House of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of proposition, which he could not lawfully eat, but only the priests? And how he gave them to those who were with him?" 27 And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

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CHAPTER 3

A Man with a Withered Hand   1 And again He entered the synagogue. And a man with a withered hand was there. 2 And they were watching Him, whether He cured on the Sabbath, that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man with the withered hand, "Stand forth in the midst." 4 And He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil; to save a life, or to destroy it?" But they kept silence. 5 And looking round upon them with anger, and being grieved at the blindness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he stretched it forth, and his hand was restored. 6 But the Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians* against Him, how they might do away with Him.     3, 6: The Herodians: note the growing hatred of the Phar­isees towards Jesus.

The Mercy of Jesus    7 And Jesus with His disciples withdrew to the sea; and there followed Him a large crowd from Galilee and Judea, 8 and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan. And of those about Tyre and Sidon, a large crowd, hearing what He was doing, came to Him. 9 And He told His disciples to have a small boat in readi­ness for Him, because of the crowd, lest they should throng Him. 10 For He healed many, so that as many as had ailments were pressing upon Him to touch Him. 11 And the unclean spirits, whenever they beheld Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, 12 "You are the Son of God." And He charged them strictly not to make Him known.

Apostles Chosen  13 And go­ing up a mountain, He called to Him men of His own choosing, and they came to Him 14 And He appointed 12 that with Him and that they might be with Him and that He might send them forth to preach 15 To them He gave power to cure sicknesses and to cast out devils. 16 There were Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; 17 and Jacob the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of Jacob (these He surnamed Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 and An­drew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and Jacob the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, and Simon the Cananean, 19 and Judas Is­cariot, he who betrayed Him.

Blasphemy of the Scribes    20 And they came to the house, and again a crowd gathered so that they could not so much as take their food. 21 But when His own people had heard of it, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, * "He has gone mad." 22 And the Scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, "He has beelzebub," and, "By the prince of devils He casts out devils." 23 And He called them together, and said to them in parables, "How can satan cast out satan? 24 And if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if satan has risen up against himself, he is divided, and cannot stand, but is at an end. 27 But no one can enter the strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then he will plunder his house. 28 "Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven to the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they may blaspheme; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgive­ness,* but will be guilty of an everlasting sin." 30 For they said, "He has an un­clean spirit."     3, 21: Our Lord's relatives did not yet believe in Him (Cf Jn 7, 5). However, it is not clear that they said, "He has gone mad." The Greek text means, "He was beside Him­self." The Blessed Virgin was with them on this occasion (vv s31o-n3.5), but She had no misconception of His nature and mission.     3, 29: Cf note on Mt 12, 32.   

Jesus and His Brethren    31 And His Mother and His brethren* came, and standing outside, they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 Now a crowd was sitting about Him, and they said to Him, "Behold, Your Mother and Your brethren are outside, seeking You." 33 And He answered and said to them, "Who are My Mother and My brethren?" 34 And looking round on those who were sitting about Him, He said, "Behold my mother and my breth­ren. 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.            3, 31: Brethren: relatives of Jesus, not blood brothers. This wider use of the tern, was common among  the Jews. Jesus does not disclaim the bonds of physical relationship, but He seizes the opportunity to give a lesson on the greater dignity of spiritual relationship. Cf Lk 11, 27f.  Mary was more blessed in that She believed in Christ than in that She had given Him birth.

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CHAPTER 4

Parable of the Sower   1 And again He began to teach by the water's edge. And as a great crowd gathered about Him, He got into a boat and sat on board. And all the crowd remained on land facing the sea. 2 And He taught them many things in parables, and He said to them in His in­struction, 3 "Hear! Behold, the sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 And other seed fell upon rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and it sprang up at once, because it had no depth of earth; 6 but when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. 7 And other seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and .it yielded no fruit. 8 And other seed fell upon good ground, and yielded fruit that grew up, made increase and produced, one 30, another 60, and another 100-fold." 9 Then He said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." 10 And when He was alone, those who were with Him and the 12 asked Him about the parables. 11 And He said to them, "To you it is given to know the Mystery of the Kingdom of God; but to those outside, all things are treated in parables, 12 that seeing they may see, but not perceive; and hearing they may hear, but not understand; lest perhaps at any time they should be converted, and their sins* be forgiven them." 13 And He said to them, "Do you not know this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And those by the way­side are they in whom the word is sown; as soon as they have heard, satan at once comes and takes away the word that has been sown in their hearts. 16 And those likewise who are sown on the rocky ground are they who, when they have heard the word, receive it immediately with joy; 17 and they have no root in themselves, but continue only for a time. Then, when trouble and persecution come because of the word, they at once fall away. 18 And those who are sown among the thorns are they who listen to the word; 19 but the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the de­sires about other things, entering in, choke the word, and it is made fruitless. 20 And those who are sown upon good ground are they who hear the word, and welcome it, and yield fruit, one 30, another 60, and another 100-­fold."  4, 12: God does not cause, but merely permits, such hard­ening of heart and blindness of soul.

Purpose of This Teaching   21 And He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under the measure, or under the couch? Is it not rather to be put upon the lampstand? 22 For There Is Nothing Hidden That Will Not Be Made Manifest; Nor Is Anything Concealed That Will Not Come To Light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 24 And He said to them, "Take heed what you hear. With what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given to you. 25 For to him who has shall be given; and from him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away."

Seed Grows of Itself    26 And He said, "Thus is the Kingdom of God, as though a man should cast seed into the earth; 27 then sleep and rise, night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow without his knowing it. 28 For of itself the earth bears the crop, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come."

The Mustard Seed   30 And He said, "To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God; or to what parable shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the earth, is the smallest of all the seeds upon the earth; 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than any herb, and puts out great branches, so that the birds of the air can dwell beneath its shade." "And in many such parables He spoke the word to them, according as they were able to understand it; 34 but without a parable He did not speak to them. But privately He explained all things to His disciples.

The Storm on the Lake   35 And He said to them on that day, when evening had come, "Let us cross over to the other side." 36 And sending away the crowd, they took Him just as He was, in the boat; and there were other boats with Him. 37 And there arose a great *squall, and the waves were beating into the boat, so that the boat was now filling. 38 And He Him­self was in the stern of the boat, on the cushion, asleep. And they woke Him and said to Him, "Master, does it not con­cern You that we are perishing?" 39 Then rising up, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind fell and there came a great calm. 40 And He said to them, "Why are you fear­ful? Are you still without faith?" And they feared exceedingly and said to one another, "Who, then, is This, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"   

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CHAPTER 5

Expulsion of the Devils in Gerasa    1 And they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes; 2 and as soon as He stepped out of the boat, there met Him from the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.* 3 This man lived in the tombs and no one could any longer bind him, even with chains; 4 for often he had been bound with fetters and chains, and he had rent the chains asunder and broken the fetters into pieces. And no one was able to control him. 5 And con­stantly, night and day, he was in the tombs and on the mountains, howling and gashing himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him, 7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure You by God, do not torment me!" 8 For He was saying to him, "Go out of the man, you un­clean spirit." 9 And He asked him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is legion, for we are many." 10 And he entreated Him earnestly not to drive them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of swine was there on the mountain-side, feeding. 12 And the spirits kept entreating Him, saying, "Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them." 13 And Jesus immediately gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out and entered into the swine; and the herd, in number about 2,000, rushed down with great violence into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.  14 But the swineherds fled and reported it in the town and in the country; and people came out to see what had hap­pened. 15 And they came to Jesus, and saw the man who had been afflicted by the devil, sitting clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it reported to them how it had happened to the possessed man, and about the swine. 17 And they began to entreat Him to depart from their district. 18 And as Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been afflicted by the devil began to entreat Him that he might remain with Him. 19 And He did not allow him, but said to him, "Go home to your relatives, and tell them all that the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you." 20 And he departed, and began to publish in the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him. And all marveled.     5, 2: The dead were commonly buried in rock tombs out­side the town. The outcasts of society, such as lepers and demoniacs, frequently sought shelter in them.

The Daughter of Jairus; the Woman with a Hemorrhage.    21 And when Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered to­gether to Him; and He was at the water's edge. 22 And there came one of the rulers of the synagogue named Jairus. And seeing Jesus, he fell at His Feet, 23 and entreated Him much saying, "My daughter is at the point of death; come, lay Your Hands upon her, that she may be saved and live." 24 And He went away with him, and a great crowd was following Him and press­ing upon Him. 25 And there was a woman who for 12 years had had a hemor­rhage, 26 and had suffered much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and found no benefit, but rather grew worse. 27 Hearing about Jesus, she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His cloak. 28 For she said, "If I touch but His cloak, I shall be saved." 29 And at once the flow of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. 30 And Jesus, instantly perceiving in Himself that Power had gone forth from Him, turned to the crowd, and said, "Who touched My cloak?" 31 And His disciples said to Him, "You see the crowd pressing upon You, and  You say, 'Who touched Me?'" 32 And He was looking round to see her who had done this. 33 But the woman, fearing and trem­bling, knowing what had happened with­in her, came and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth. 34 But He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction."  35 While He was yet speaking, there came some from the house of the ruler of the synagogue, saying, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Mas­ter further?" 36 But Jesus, having heard what was being said, said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not be afraid, only have faith." 37 And He allowed no one to follow Him except Peter and Jacob, and John the brother of Jacob. 38 And they came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue and He saw a tumult, people weeping and wailing greatly. 39 And going in He said to them, "Why do you make this din, and weep? The girl is asleep, not dead." 40 And they laughed Him to scorn. But He, putting them all out, took the father and mother of the girl and those who were with Him, and entered in where the girl was lying. 41 And taking the girl by the hand, He said to her, "Talitha cumi," which is in­terpreted, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42 And the girl rose up immediately and be­gan to walk; she was 12 years old. And they were utterly amazed. 43 And He charged them strictly that no one should know of it and directed that something be given her to eat.   

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Jesus at Nazareth  1 And leaving that place, He went into His own country, and His disciples followed Him.  2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue.  And many, when they heard Him, were astonished at His doctrine, saying, "Where did He get all this?" and, "What is this wisdom that is given to Him?" and, "What mean such miracles wrought by His Hands?  3* Is not This Man the carpenter, the Son of Mary, the brother of Jacob, Joseph, Jude, and Simon?  And are not also His sisters here with us?"  And they took offense at Him.  4 And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, and among his own kindred, and in his own house."  5 And He could not work any miracle there, beyond curing a few sick people by laying His Hands upon them.  6 And He marveled because of their unbelief.         *3: The term "sister," like "brother,"                                was used in a wide sense.  Cf. note on 3, 31. The Son of Mary: designates the only son of a widow.

The Mission of the Apostles   And He made a circuit of the villages, teaching.  7 And He summoned the 12 and began to send them forth 2 by 2; and He gave them power over the unclean spirits.  8* And He instructed them to take nothing for their journey, but a staff only---no wallet, no bread, no money in their girdle; 9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on 2 tunics.  10 And He said to them, "Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you leave the place.  11 And whoever does not receive you, or listen to you---go forth from there, and shake off the dust from your feet for a witness against them."  12 And going forth, they preached that men should repent, 13 and they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many sick people, and healed them.       * 8: The Apostles were to go forth without ordinary provisions, relying upon Providence and the hospitality of their countrymen.    

Death of the Baptist  14* And King Herod heard of Him for His Name had become well known; and he kept saying, "John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are working through Him."  15 But others were saying, "It is Elias."  But others were saying, "It is a prophet, like one of the prophets."  16 But when Herod heard of this, he said, "It is John whom I beheaded; he has risen from the dead." 17 For Herod himself had sent and taken John, and bound him in prison, because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married.  18 For John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."  19 But Herodias laid snares for him, and would have liked to put him to death, but she could not.  20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just and holy man, and protected him; and when he heard him talk, he did many things, and he liked to hear him. 21 And a favorable day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet to the officials, tribunes and chief men of Galilee.  22 And Herodias' own daughter having come in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests.  And the king said to the girl, "Ask of me what you will, and I will give it to you."  23 And he swore to her, "Whatever you ask, I will give you, even though it be the half of my kingdom."  24 Then she went out and said to her mother, "What am I to ask for?"  And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."  25 And she came in at once with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you right away to give me on a dish the head of John the Baptist."  26* And grieved as he was, the king, because of his oath and his guests, was unwilling to displease her.  27 But sending an executioner, he commanded that his head be brought on a dish.  28 Then he beheaded him in prison, and brought his head on a dish, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.  29 His disciples, hearing of it, came and took away his body, and laid it in a tomb.    *14: Jesus' activity had aroused intense speculation as to His identity.  * 26: Was unwilling to displease her: the Greek text probably means, "would not break faith with her."

Return of the Disciples  30 And the apostles came together to meet Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught.  31 And He said to them, "Come apart into a desert place and rest a while."  For there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  32 And they got into the boat and went off to a desert place apart.  33* And many saw them leaving and recognized them; and from all the towns they hurried on foot to the place, and got there ahead of them.*33: Recognized them: the words can also mean, "realized where they were going."

Jesus Feed 5,000   34 And when He landed, Jesus saw a large crowd, and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  And He began to teach them many things.  35 Now when the day was far spent, His disciples came, saying, "This is a desert place and the hour is already late; 36 send them away, so that they may go to the hamlets and villages round about and buy themselves food to eat." 37 But He answered and said to them, "You yourselves give them some food."  And they said to him, "Are we to go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give them to eat?"  38 And He said to them, "How many loaves have you?  Go and see."  When they had found out, they said, "5, and 2 fishes." 39 And He ordered them to make all the people recline in groups on the green grass.  40 And they reclined in groups of 100s and of 50s.  41 And He took the 5 loaves and the 2 fishes and, looking up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before the people; and the 2 fishes He divided among them all.  42 And all ate and were satisfied; 43 and they gathered up what was left over, 12 baskets full of fragments, besides what was left over of the fishes.  44 Now those who had eaten were 5,000 men.

Jesus Walks on the Water  45 And immediately afterwards He made his disciples get into the boat and cross the sea ahead of Him to Bethsaida, while He Himself dismissed the crowd.  46 And when He had dismissed them, He went away to the mountain to pray.  47 And when it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land.  48 And seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking upon the sea, and He would have passed by them.  49 But they, seeing Him walking upon the sea, thought it was a ghost, and cried out.  50 For they saw Him, and were troubled.  Then He immediately spoke to them, and said to them, "Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid."  51 And He got into the boat with them, and the wind fell.  And they were utterly beside themselves with astonishment, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was blinded.

Other Miracles  53 And crossing over, they came to the land of Genesareth and moored the boat.  54 And when they had gotten out of the boat, the people at once recognized Him; 55 and they hurried through that whole country, and began to bring the sick on their pallets, wherever they heard He was.  56 And wherever He went, into village or hamlet or town, they laid the sick in the market places, and entreated Him to let them touch but the tassel of His cloak; and as many as touched Him were saved.                       

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Jesus and the Pharisees  1 And the Pharisees and some of the Scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered about Him.  2 And when they saw that some of His disciples were eating bread with defiled (that is, unwashed) hands, they found fault.  3* For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat without frequent washing of hands, holding the tradition of the ancients.  4 And when they come from the market, they do not eat without washing first.  And there have been handed down to them many other things to observe: washing of cups and pots, and brazen vessels and beds.  5 So the Pharisees and Scribes asked Him, "Why do not Your disciples walk according to the tradition of the ancients, instead of eating bread with defiled hands?"  6* But answering He said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; 7* And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men.' 8 For, letting go the Commandment of God, you hold fast the tradition of men, the washing of pots and of cups; and many other things you do like to these." 9 And He said to them, "Well do you nullify the Commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition!  10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'Let him who curses father or mother be put to death.'  11* But you say, 'Let a man say to his father or his mother, "Any support you might have had from me is Corban"' (that is, given to God).  12 And you do not allow him to do anything further for his father or mother.  13 You make void the Commandment of God by your tradition, which you have handed down; and many suchlike things you do." 14 Then He called the crowd to him again, and said to them, "Hear Me, all of you, and understand.  15 There is nothing outside a man that, entering into him, can defile him; but the things that come out of a man, these are what defile a man.  16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." 17 And when He had entered the house away from the crowd, His disciples began to ask Him about the parable.  18 And He said to them, "Are you also, then, without understanding?  Do you not realize that nothing from outside, by entering a man, can defile him?  19* For it does not enter his heart, but his belly, and passes out into the drain."  Thus He declared all foods clean.  20 "And," He said, "the things that come out of a man are what defile a man.  21 For from within, out of the heart of men, come evil thoughts, adulteries, immorality, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, shamelessness, jealousy, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.  23 All these things come from within, and defile a man."   *   3: It was characteristic of the Pharisees to insist on the binding force of traditional interpretations of the Law, which they termed the "traditions of the ancients," even at the expense of the Law itself.  This resulted in frequent frustration of the Law and laid unbearable burdens upon the law-abiding Jew.                6-7: Isa. 29, 13.                11: Corban: a gift to God which could be put to no other use.  A son could evade giving support to his parents by declaring Corban what might have been given them.  Jesus here illustrates how the Pharisees' teaching frustrated the Law of Moses.    19: The Mosaic Law prohibited certain foods and thereby declared them legally unclean.  Cf. Matt. 15, 11.

The Canaanite Woman    24 And He arose and departed from there for the district of Tyre and Sidon.  And He entered a house, and wanted no one to know it, but He could not keep it secret.  25 For immediately a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, on hearing of Him, came in and fell down at His Feet.  26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth.  And she besought Him to cast the devil out of her daughter.  27* But He said to her, "Let the children first have their fill, for it is not fair to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs."  28 But she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord; for even the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs."  29 And He said to her, "Because of this answer, go your way; the devil has gone out of your daughter."  30 And when she went to her house, she found the girl lying upon the bed, and the devil gone.

Healing of the Deaf-Mute  31 And departing again from the district of Tyre, He came by way of Sidon to the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the district of Decapolis.  32 And they brought to Him one deaf and dumb, and entreated Him to lay His Hand upon him.  33 And taking him aside from the crowd, He put His Fingers into the man's ears, and spitting, He touched his tongue.  34 And looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, "Ephpheta," that is, "Be opened."  35 And his ears were at once opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and He began to speak correctly.  36 And He charged them to tell no one.  But the more He charged them, so much the more did they continue to publish it.  37 And so much the more did they wonder, saying, "He has done all things well.  He has made both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak." 

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Jesus Feeds 4,000  1 In those days when again there was a great crowd, and they had nothing to eat, He called His disciples together and said to them, 2 "I have compassion on the crowd, for behold, they have now been with Me 3 days, and have nothing to eat; 3 and if I send them away to their homes fasting, they will faint on the way, for some of them have come from a distance."  4 And His disciples answered Him, "How will anyone be able to satisfy these with bread, here in a desert?"  5 He asked them, "How many loaves have you?"  And they said, "7." 6 And He bade the crowd recline on the ground.  Then taking the 7 loaves, He gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to distribute; and they set them before the crowd.  7 And they had a few little fishes; and He blessed them, and ordered them to be distributed.  8 And they ate and were satisfied; and they took up what was left of the fragments, 7 baskets.  9 Now those who had eaten were about 4,000.*  And He dismissed them.  * 4 is the symbol of the 4 winds; N. S. E. W.

The Pharisees Ask a Sign  10 And immediately getting into the boat with His disciples, He came into the district of Dalmanutha.  11 And the Pharisees came forth, and began to dispute with Him, demanding from Him a sign from Heaven, to test Him.  12* And sighing deeply in spirit, He said, "Why does this generation demand a sign?  Amen I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation."  * 12: A sign shall not be given: the Pharisees asked a miraculous sign to confirm Jesus' mission, but He refused because of their obvious insincerity.

The Leaven of the Pharisees  13 And He left them, and getting back into the boat, crossed the sea.  14 And they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had but one loaf with them in the boat.  15 And He began to charge them, saying, "Take heed; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod!"  16 And they began to argue among themselves, saying, "We have no bread."  17 But Jesus knowing this, said to them, "Why do you argue because you have no bread?  Do you not yet perceive, nor understand?  Is your heart still blinded?  18 Though you have eyes do you not see, and though you have ears do you not hear?  And do you not remember?  19 When I broke the 5 loaves among 5,000, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?"  They said to Him, "12."  20 "And when I broke the 7 loaves among 4,000, how many large baskets of fragments did you take up?"  They said, "7."  21 And he said to them, "How is it that you do not yet understand?"

A Blind Man at Bethsaida  22 And they came to Bethsaida and they brought Him a blind man and entreated Him to touch him.  23 And taking the blind man by the hand, He led him forth outside the village; and applying spittle to his eyes, He laid His Hands upon him, and asked him if he saw anything.  24 And the man looked up, and said, "I see men as though they were trees, but walking about."  25 Then again He laid His Hands upon the man's eyes, and he began to see, and was restored so that he saw all things plainly.  26 And He sent him to his house, saying, "Go to your house, and if you enter the village, tell nobody."

Peter's Confession  27 And Jesus and His disciples went out into the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?"  28 They answered Him, saying, "John the Baptist; others, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets."  29* Then He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ."  30 And He strictly charged them to say nothing about Him to anyone.  * 29: Peter definitely proclaims his faith in Jesus as the Messiah.  In a parallel passage St. Matthew reports him as saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."

Passion and Resurrection Foretold  31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and Scribes, and be put to death, and after 3 days rise again.  32 And what He said He spoke openly.  And Peter taking Him aside, began to chide Him.  33 But He, turning and seeing His disciples, rebuked Peter, saying, "Get behind Me, satan, for you do not mind the things of God, but those of men."

The Doctrine of the Cross  34 And calling the crowd together with His disciples, He said to them, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  35 For he who would save his life will lose it; but he who loses his life for My sake and for the Gospel's sake will save it.  36 For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, but suffer the loss of his own soul?  37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?  38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes with the Holy Angels in the Glory of His Father."  39* And He said to them, "Amen I say to you, there are some of those standing here who will not taste death, till they have seen the Kingdom of God coming in power."   * 39: Who will not taste death: i.e., even in the lifetime of some of His listeners He will manifest the power of His Kingdom.

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Jesus Transfigured  1 Now after 6 days Jesus took Peter, Jacob and John, and led them up a high mountain off by themselves, and was transfigured before them.  2 And His garments became shining, exceedingly white as snow, as no fuller on earth can whiten.  3 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.  4 And Peter addressed Jesus, saying, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here.  And let us set up 3 tents, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."  5 For he did not know what to say, for they were struck with fear.  6 And there came a cloud overshadowing them, and there came a Voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Beloved Son; hear Him."  7 And suddenly looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but only Jesus.

On the  Coming of Elijah  8 And as they were coming down from the mountain, He cautioned them to tell no one what they had seen, except when the Son of Man should have risen from the dead.  9 And they kept what He said to themselves, discussing with one another what the words, "When He shall have risen from the dead," might mean.  10 And they asked Him, saying, "Why then do the Pharisees and Scribes say that Elijah must come first?"  11* But He answered and said to them, "Elijah is to come first and will restore all things.  But how then is it written of the Son of Man, that He should suffer many things and be despised?  12 But I say to you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they wished, as it is written of him."     *   11: Jesus refers to the Jewish tradition that Elijah was to come as precursor of the messianic age, and explains that he has come in the person of the Baptist.

Boy possessed by a devil  13 And on coming to His disciples, He saw a great crowd around them, and the Scribes arguing with them.  14 And immediately all the crowd, on seeing Him, were amazed and struck with fear, and running up, began to greet Him.  15 And He asked them, "What are you arguing about among yourselves?"  16 And one of the crowd answering, said, "Master, I have brought to You my son, who has a dumb spirit; 17 and wherever it seizes him it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth; and he is wasting away.  And I told your disciples to cast it out, but they could not." 18 And He answered and said to them, "O unbelieving generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I put up with you?  Bring him to Me."  19 And they brought him to Him; and the spirit, when it saw Jesus, immediately threw the boy into convulsions, and he fell down on the ground, and rolled about foaming at the mouth.  20 So He asked his father, "How long is it since this has come upon him?"  And he said, "From his infancy.  21 Oftentimes it has thrown him into the fire and into the waters to destroy him.  But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."  22 But Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."  23 At once the father of the boy cried out, and said with tears, "I do believe; help my unbelief." 24 Now when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, go out of him and enter him no more."  25 And crying out and violently convulsing him, it went out of him, and he became like one dead, so that many said, "He is dead."  26 But Jesus took him by the hand, and raised him and he stood up. 27 And when He came into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could not we cast it out?"  28 And He said to them, "This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting."

Another Prediction of the Passion  29 And leaving that place, they were passing through Galilee, and He did not wish anyone to  know it.  30 For He was teaching His disciples, and saying to them, "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and having been killed, He will rise again on the third day."  31 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask Him.

Against Ambition and Envy  32 And they came to Capharnaum.  When He was at home, He asked them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"  33 But they kept silence, for on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest.  34 And sitting down, He called the 12 and said to them, "If any man wishes to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all."  35 And He took a little child, and set him in their midst, and taking him into His Arms, He said to them, 36 "Whoever receives one such little child for My Sake, receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him Who sent Me." 37 John said to Him, "Master, we saw a man who was not one of our followers casting out devils in Your Name, and we forbade him."  38 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, because there is no one who shall work a miracle in My Name, and forthwith be able to speak ill of Me.  39 For he who is not against you is for you.  40 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My Name, because you are Christ's, Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.

Avoiding Scandal  41 "And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it were better for him if a great millstone were hung about his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.  42* If your hand is an occasion of sin to you, cut it off!  It is better for you to enter into life maimed, than, having 2 hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, 43* 'Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.' 44 And if your foot is an occasion of sin to you, cut it off!  It is better for you to enter into life everlasting lame, than having 2 feet, to be cast into the hell of unquenchable fire, 45* 'Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.' 46 And if your eye is an occasion of sin to you, pluck it out!  It is better for you to enter into the Kingdom of God with one eye, than, having 2 eyes, to be cast into hellfire, 47* Where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched.' 48 For everyone shall be salted with fire, and every victim shall be salted.  49 Salt is good; but if the salt becomes insipid, what shall you season it with?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." * 42: . . . cut it off: no sacrifice, however painful it may be, is too great if one may save his soul thereby.        * 43, 45, 47: Isa. 66:24.

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1 And leaving that place, He came to the district of Judea beyond the Jordan, and crowds again flocked to Him.  And as had been His custom, He again began to teach them.

The Question of Divorce  2 And some Pharisees coming up asked Him, testing Him, "Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife?"  3 But He answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?"  4* They said, "Moses permitted us to write a notice of dismissal, and to put her away."  5 But Jesus said to them, "By reason of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that commandment.  6 But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female.  7 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, 8 and the 2 shall become one flesh.'  Therefore now they are no longer 2, but one flesh.  9 What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." 10 And in the house, His disciples again asked Him concerning this.  11 And He said to them, "Whoever puts away his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; 12 and if the wife puts away her husband, and marries another, she commits adultery."  *   4: Moses permitted us . . . to put her away: the Mosaic Law permitted divorce for certain causes.  In the verses immediately following here, Jesus abrogates divorce and declares the indissolubility of marriage.

Jesus Blesses the Children  13 And they were bringing little children to Him that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.  14 But when Jesus saw them, He was indignant, and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for of such is the Kingdom of God.  15 Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it."  16 And He put His Arms about them, and laying His Hands upon them, He began to bless them.

The Danger of Riches  17 And as He was going forth on His journey, a certain man running up fell upon his knees before Him, and asked Him, " Good Master, what shall I do to gain eternal life?"  18 But Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but only God."  19 "You know the Commandments: You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not defraud, Honor your father and mother." (Ex. 20, 12-16.)  20 And he answered and said, "Master, all these I have kept ever since I was a child."  21 And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing is lacking to you; go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."  22 But his face fell at the saying, and he went away sad, for he had great possessions.  23 And Jesus looking round, said to His disciples, "With what difficulty will they who have riches enter the Kingdom of God!"  24 But the disciples were amazed at His Word.  But Jesus again addressed them, saying, "Children, with what difficulty will they who trust in riches enter the Kingdom of God!  25* It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."  26 But they were astonished the more, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?"  27 And looking upon them, Jesus said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." 28 Peter began to say to him, "Behold, we have left all and followed You."  29* Answering, Jesus said, "Amen I say to you, there is no one who has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or lands, for my sake and for the Gospel's sake, 30 who shall not receive now in the present time 100-fold as much, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands---along with persecutions, and in the age to come life everlasting.  31 But many who are first now will be last, and many who are last now will be first."    *  25: It is easier. . . : Jesus again speaks figuratively.  He does not condemn riches as essentially evil.  A rich man who is detached from his riches may be saved, with the grace of God.  *  29: Relatives are not to be a stumbling-block to salvation.  But Jesus does not teach the complete severance of the bonds of physical relationship.

The Third Prediction of the Passion  32 They were now on their way, going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus was walking on in front of them, and they were in dismay, and those who followed were afraid.  And again taking the 12, He began to tell them what would happen to Him, 33 saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and will deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and spit upon Him, and scourge Him, and put Him to death; and on the third day He will rise again."

Ambition of Jacob and John  35 And Jacob and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Master, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."  36 But He said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?"  37 And they said, "Grant to us that we may sit, one at Your Right Hand and the other at Your Left Hand, in Your Glory."  38 But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking for.  Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptized with the baptism with which I am to be baptized?"  39* And they said to Him, "We can."  And Jesus said to them, "Of the cup that I drink, you shall drink; and with the baptism with which I am to be baptized, you shall be baptized; 40 but as for sitting at My Right Hand or at My Left, that is not Mine to give, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared." 41 And when the 10 heard this, they were at first indignant at Jacob and John.  42 But Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers among the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.  43 But it is not so among you.  On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be the slave of all; 45 for the Son of Man also has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."  * 39: The sons of Zebedee had not yet grasped the spiritual nature of the Kingdom of God.

The Blind Bartimeus   46 And they came to Jericho.  And as he was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a very great crowd, Bartimeus, a blind man, the son of Timeus, was sitting by the wayside, begging.  47 And hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"  48 And many angrily tried to silence him.  But he cried out all the louder, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"  49 Then Jesus stopped and commanded him that he should be called.  And they called the blind man and said to him, "Take courage.  Get up, He is calling you."  50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang to his feet and came to Him.  51 And Jesus addressed him, saying, "What would you have Me do for you?"  And the blind man said to Him, "Rabboni,  that I may see."  52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way, your faith has saved you."  And at once he received his sight, and followed Him along the road.

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Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem  1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem and to Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent 2 of His disciples, 2 and said to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately on entering it you will find a colt tied, upon which no man has yet sat; loose it, and bring it.  3 And if anyone say to you, 'What are you doing?' you shall say that the Lord has need of it, and immediately he will send it here." 4 And they went their way and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they loosed it.  5 And some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the colt?"  6 But they answered them as Jesus had told them to do, and they let them go. 7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and threw their cloaks over it, and He sat upon it.  8 And many spread their cloaks upon the road, while others were cutting branches from the trees, and strewing them on the road.  9 And those who went before Him, and those who followed, kept crying out, saying, 10* "Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!  Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes! Hosanna in the highest!"  11 And He went into Jerusalem, into the Temple.  And when He had looked round upon all things, then, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the 12.*10: Ps. 118:26.

Jesus Curses a Fig Tree   12 And the next day, after they had left Bethany, He felt hungry.  13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if he might find anything on it.  But when He came up to it, He found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season for figs.  14* Then He spoke to it saying, "May no one ever eat fruit of you henceforward forever."  And His disciples heard.    * 14: The fig tree was a symbol of the Jewish nation which, though rich in foliage, bore no fruit.  Cf. Matt. 21, 18.

Cleansing of the Temple   15* And they came to Jerusalem.  And He entered the Temple, and began to cast out those who were selling and buying in the Temple; and He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold the doves.  16 He would not allow anyone to carry a vessel through the Temple.  17* And He began to teach, saying to them, "Is it written, 'My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all the nations'?  But you have made it a den of thieves." 18 And the chief priests and the Scribes heard it, and they sought a way to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, because all the crowd were astonished at His teaching.  19 And when it was evening He went out of the city. 20 And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.  21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, behold, the fig tree that You cursed is withered up."  22 But Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.  23 Amen I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Arise, and hurl yourself into the sea,' and does not waver in his heart, but believes that whatever he says will be done, it shall be done for him.  24 Therefore I say to you, all things whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you shall receive, and they shall come to you.  25 And when you stand up to pray, forgive whatever you have against anyone, that your Father in Heaven may also forgive you your offenses.  26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive you your offenses."  * 15: Selling and buying: had to do with the necessities of the Temple worship; in themselves they were not evil, but they had taken on features which were entirely incompatible with the sacredness of the place. * 17: Isa. 56, 7; Jer. 7, 11.

The Authority of Jesus   27 And they came back to Jerusalem.  And as He was walking in the Temple, the chief priests and the Scribes and the elders came to Him, 28 and said to Him, "By what authority do You do these things?" and, "Who gave You this authority to do these things?"  29 But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question, and answer Me; then I will tell you by what authority I do these things.  30 Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men?  Answer Me."  31 But they began to argue among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'  32 But if we say, 'From men'"---they feared the people; for all regarded John as really a Prophet.  33 And they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know."  And Jesus answering, said to them, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."               

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Parable of the Vine-dressers*   1 And He began to speak to them in parables.  "A man planted a vineyard, and put a hedge about it, and dug a wine vat, and built a tower; then he let it out to vine-dressers, and went abroad.2 And at the proper time he sent a servant to the vine-dressers to receive from the vine-dressers some of the fruit of the vineyard; 3 but they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.  4 And again he sent another servant to them; but this one they wounded in the head and treated shamefully.  5 And again he sent another, and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.  6 Now he still had one left, a beloved son; and him he sent to them last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 7 "But the vine-dressers said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'  8 So they seized him and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.  9 What therefore will the owner of the vineyard do?  He will come and destroy the vine-dressers, and will give the vineyard to others.  10 And have you not read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner stone; 11 By the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.'?" 12 And they sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the crowd; for they knew that He had aimed this parable at them.  And leaving Him, they went their way. *1-12: God is the landowner of the parable.  He had sent His prophets, and lastly His Son, to the vine-dressers, the Jews. --- 10: Ps. 118, 22 f; Isa. 28, 16. 

Tribute to Caesar   13 And they sent to Him certain of the Pharisees and Herodians, that they might trap Him in His talk.  14 And they came and said to Him, "Master, we know that You are truthful, and that You care naught for any man; for You do not regard the person of men, but do teach the way of God in truth.  Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar; or shall we not give it?"  15 But knowing their craftiness, He said to them, "Why do you test Me?  Bring Me a denarius to look at."  16 So they brought one.  Then He said to them, "Whose are this image* and the inscription?"  They said to Him, "Caesar's."  17 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render, therefore, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."  And they marveled at Him. *16: It wasn't just the image of Caesar that prompted the Lord's answer, but it was an image of Caesar being worshipped.  That is why our Blessed Lord said: "Render … to God the things that are God's."

The Sadducees and the Resurrection  18 And there came to Him Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, and they began to question Him, saying, 19 "Master, Moses has written for us that 'if a man's brother die, leaving a wife but no children, his brother shall take the widow and raise up issue to his brother.'  20 Now there were 7 brothers.  And the first took a wife, and dying, left no issue.  21 And the second took her, and died, without leaving issue either; and the third likewise.  22 And the 7 took her in the same way, and left no issue.  Last of all the woman also died.  23 At the resurrection, therefore, when they rise, of which of them will she be wife?  For the 7 had her as wife." 24 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Is not this why you err---because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?  25 For when they rise from the dead, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage, but are as the Holy Angels in Heaven.  26*  But as to the dead rising, have you not read in the Book of Moses about the Bush, how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.  You are therefore entirely wrong." *26: Ex. 3, 6.  

The Great Commandment   28 And one of the Scribes came forward who had heard them disputing together; and seeing that He had answered them well, he asked Him which was the first commandment of all.  29* But Jesus answered him, "The First Commandment of all is, 'Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is one God; 30* And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength.' This is the first commandment.  31* And the second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'  There is no other commandment greater than these."  32 And the Scribe said to Him, "Well answered, Master, You have said truly that He is One and that there is no other besides Him; 33 and that He should be loved with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, and with the whole soul, and with one's whole strength; and that to love one's neighbor as oneself is a greater thing than all holocausts and sacrifices."  34 And Jesus, seeing that he had answered wisely, said to him, "You are not far from the Kingdom of God."  And no one after that ventured to ask Him questions. *29-30: Deut. 6, 4 f.  *31: Lev. 19, 18.The Son of David   35 And while Jesus was teaching in the Temple, He addressed them, saying, "How do the Scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David?  36* For David himself says, by the Holy Spirit, 'The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at My Right Hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.' 37 David himself, therefore, calls Him 'Lord'; how, then, is He his son?"  And the mass of the common people liked to hear Him. *36: Ps. 110:1.

Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees   38 And in the course of His teaching He said to them, "Beware of the Scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and to be greeted in the market place, 39 and to have the front seats in the synagogues and the first places at suppers; 40 who devour the houses of the widows, making pretense of long prayers.  These shall receive a heavier sentence."

The Widow's Mite   41 And Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and observed how the crowd were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.  42 And there came one poor widow, and she put it 2 mites, which make a quadrans.  43 And He called His disciples together, and said to them, "Amen I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who have been putting money into the treasury.  44 For they all have put in out of their abundance; but she out of her want has put in all that she had---all that she had to live on."

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End of the World *   1 And as He was going out of the Temple, one of His disciples said to Him, "Master, look, what wonderful stones and buildings!"  2 And Jesus answered and said to him, Do you see all these great buildings? There will not be left one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." 3 And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, opposite the Temple, Peter and Jacob and John and Andrew asked Him privately, 4 "Tell us, when are these things to happen, and what will be the sign when all these things will begin to come to pass?" 5 And in answer Jesus began to say to them, "Take care that no one leads you astray.  6 For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am he'; and they will lead many astray.  7 But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; for they must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be earthquakes in various places, and famines.  These things are the beginning of sorrows. 9 "But be on your guard.  For they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, for a witness to them. 10 And the Gospel must first be preached to all the nations.  11 And when they lead you away to deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to speak; but speak whatever is given you in that hour.  For it is not you who are speaking, but the Holy Spirit.  12 And brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and put them to death.  13 And you will be hated by all for My Name's sake; but he who has persevered to the end will be saved.

Destruction of Jerusalem*   14 "And when you see the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not---let him who reads understand---then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; 15 and let him who is on the housetop not go down and enter to take anything from his house; 16 and let him who is in the field not turn back to take his cloak.  17 But woe to those who are with child, or have infants at the breast in those days!  18 But pray that these things may not happen in winter.  19 For in those days will be tribulations, such as have not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, nor will be.  20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no living creature would be saved.  But for the sake of the elect whom He has chosen, He has shortened the days.

The Signs of the Last Day*   21 "And then, if anyone say to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ; behold, there he is,' do not believe it.  22 For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.  23 Be on your guard, therefore; behold, I have told you all things beforehand. 24 "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give her light, 25 and the stars of heaven will be falling, and the powers that are in heaven will be shaken.  26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming upon clouds with great power and majesty.  27 And then He will send forth His Angels, and will gather His elect from the 4 winds, from the uttermost parts of the earth to the uttermost parts of heaven.

Jerusalem's Impending Destruction*   28 "Now from the fig tree learn this parable.  When its branch is now tender, and the leaves break forth, you know that summer is near.  29 Even so, when you see these things coming to pass, know that it is near, even at the door.  30 Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things have been accomplished.  31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

The Need of Watchfulness*   32 "But of that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son,* but the Father only.  33 Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is: 34 just as a man, when he leaves home to journey abroad, puts his servants in charge, to each his work, and gives orders to the porter to keep watch.  35 Watch, therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or early in the morning; 36 lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  37 And what I say to you, I say to all, 'Watch.'" * 2-37: This long prophecy deals with both the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world.  The elements of the prophecy are so intermingled that it is difficult at times to determine to which cataclysm Jesus refers. * 32 In Hebrew, knowledge can mean a factor in causing it to happen; for example: Adam knew his wife and she conceived…  Thus only the Eternal Father causes the end of the world to happen.

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The Council   1 Now it was two days before the Passover and the feast of the Unleavened Bread; the chief priests and the Scribes were seeking how they might seize him by stealth and put him to death; 2* for they said, "Not on the feast, or there might be a riot among the people." * 2: Not on the feast: the crowds of pilgrims were sometimes great enough to double the normal population of the Holy City.

The Anointing at Bethany  3 And when He was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, and was reclining at table, there came a woman with an alabaster jar of ointment, genuine nard of great value; and breaking the alabaster jar, she poured it on his head.  4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, "To what purpose has this waste of the ointment been made? 5 for this ointment might have been sold for more than 300 denarii, and given to the poor."  And they grumbled at her. 6 But Jesus said, "Let her be.  Why do you trouble her?  She has done Me a good turn.  7 For the poor you have always with you, and whenever you want you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me.  8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My Body in preparation for burial.  9 Amen I say to you, wherever in the whole world this Gospel is preached, this also that she has done shall be told in memory of her."

The Betrayal   10 And judas iscariot, one of the 12, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.  11 And they, when they heard it, were glad, and promised to give him money.  And he sought out an opportunity to betray Him.

Preparation  12 And on the first day of the Unleavened Bread, when it was customary for them to sacrifice the Passover, the disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?"  13 And He sent 2 of His disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and there will meet you a man carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.  14 And wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Master says, "Where is My guest chamber, that I may eat the Passover there with My disciples?"'  15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready for us."  16 And His disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

The Betrayer   17 Now when evening arrived, He came with the 12.  18 And while they were at table eating, Jesus said, "Amen I say to you, one of you will betray Me---one who is eating with Me."  19 But they began to be sad, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?"  20 But He said to them, "It is one of the 12, who dips into the dish with Me.  21 The Son of Man indeed goes His way, as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!  It were better for that man if he had not been born."

The Holy Eucharist*   22 And while they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessing it, He broke and gave it to them, and said, "Take; This is My Body."  23 And taking a cup and giving thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank of it; 24 and He said to them, "This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is being shed for many.  25 Amen I say to you, that I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it new in the Kingdom of God." * Food for thought:  Does Christ have the Divine Power to change bread and  wine into His Body and Blood to be spiritual food for the salvation of our souls? DOES HE HAVE THE LOVE?

Peter's Denials Predicted   26 And after reciting a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  27* And Jesus said to them, "You will all be scandalized this night; for it is written, 'I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' 28 But after I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee."  29 But Peter said to Him, "Even though all shall be scandalized, yet not I."  30 Jesus said to him, "Amen I say to you, today, this very night, before a cock crows twice, you will deny Me 3 times."  31 But he went on speaking more vehemently, "Even if I should have to die with You, I will not deny You!"  And they all said the same thing. * 27: Zach. 13, 7.

The Agony in the Garden   32 And they came to a country place called Gethsemani, and He said to His isciples, "Sit down here, while I pray."  33 And He took with Him Peter and Jacob and John, and He began to feel dread and to be exceedingly troubled.  34 And He said to them, "My Soul is sad, even unto death.  Wait here and watch."  35 And going forward a little, He fell on the ground, and began to pray that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him; 36 and He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to You.  Remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will." 37 Then He came and found them asleep.  And He said to Peter, "Simon, do you sleep?  Could you not watch one hour38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."  39 And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words over.  40 And He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  And they did not know what answer to make to Him.  41 And He came the third time, and said to them, "Sleep on now, and take your rest!  It is enough; the hour has come.  Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.  42 Rise, let us go.  Behold, he who will betray Me at hand."

Jesus Arrested   43 And while He was yet speaking, judas iscariot, one of the 12, came and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the Scribes and the elders.  44 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, "Whomever I kiss, that is He; lay hold of Him, and lead Him safely away."  45 And when he came, he went straight up to Him, and said, "Rabbi!" and kissed Him.  46 And they seized Him and held Him. 47 But one of the bystanders drew his sword, and struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.  48 And Jesus, addressing them, said, "As against a robber you have come out, with swords and clubs, to seize Me.  49 I was daily with you in the Temple teaching, and you did not lay hands on Me.  But it is so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled." 50 Then all His disciples left Him and fled.  51 And a certain young man was following Him, having a linen cloth wrapped about his naked body, and they seized him.  52 But leaving the linen cloth behind, he fled away from them naked.

Jesus before the Sanhedrin   53* And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the priests and the Scribes and the elders gathered together.  54 But Peter followed Him at a distance, even to the courtyard of the high priest, and was sitting with the attendants at the fire and warming himself.  55 Now the chief priests and all the Sanhedrin were seeking witnesses against Jesus, that they might put Him to death, but they found none.  56 For while many bore false witness against Him, their evidence did not agree.  57 And some stood up and bore false witness against Him, saying, 58 "We ourselves have heard Him say, 'I will destroy this Temple built by hands, and after 3 days I will build another, not built by hands.'"  59 And even then their evidence did not agree. 60 Then the high priest, standing up in their midst, asked Jesus, saying, "Do You make no answer to the things that these men prefer against You?"  61 But He kept silence, and made no answer.  Again the high priest began to ask Him, and said to Him, "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"  62 And Jesus said to him, "I am. And you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the Right Hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven." 63 But the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further need have we of witnesses?  64 You have heard the blasphemy.  What do you think?"  And they all condemned Him as liable to death.  65 And some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to buffet Him, and to say to Him, "Prophesy."  And the attendants struck Him with blows of their hands.   * 53: Jesus was first cited before the Sanhedrin, the highest ecclesiastical and civil court of the Jews.  Here He was unjustly condemned for blasphemy, but the court could not execute the death penalty.  Hence Jesus was sent to Pilate, who alone had the power to inflict it.

Peter's Denial   66 And while Peter was below in the courtyard, there came one of the maidservants of the high priest; 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth."  68 But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you are saying."  And he went outside into the vestibule; and the cock crowed.  69 And the maidservant, seeing him again, began to say to the bystanders, "This is one of them."  70 But again he denied it.  And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, "Surely you are one of them, for you are also a Galilean."  71 But he began to curse and to swear: "I do not know This Man you are talking about."  72 And at that moment a cock crowed a second time.  And Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before a cock crows twice, you will deny Me 3 times."  And he began to weep.

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Jesus before Pilate   1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders, the Scribes and the whole Sanhedrin.  And they bound Jesus and led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.  2 And Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"  And He answered him and said, "You say it."  3 And the chief priests accused Him of many things.  4 And Pilate again asked Him, saying, "Have You no answer to make?  Behold how many things they accuse you of."  5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered. 6 Now at festival time he used to release to them one of the prisoners, whomever they had petitioned for.  7 Now there was a man called Barabbas imprisoned with some rioters, one who in the riot had committed murder.  8 And the crowd came up, and began to ask that he do for them as he was wont.  9 But Pilate addressed them, saying, "Do you wish that I release to you the King of the Jews?"  10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him up out of envy.  11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.  12 But Pilate again spoke and said to them, "What than do you want me to do to the King of the Jews?"  13 But they cried out again, "Crucify Him!"  14 But Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?"  But they kept crying out the more, "Crucify Him!"

The Scourging and Crowning   15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released to them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged and delivered Him to be crucified.  16 Now the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard of the praetorium, and they called together the whole cohort.  17 And they clothed Him in purple, and plaiting a crown of thorns, they put it upon Him, 18 and began to greet Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"  19 And they kept striking Him on the head with a reed, and spitting upon Him; and bending their knees, they did homage to Him.

The Way of the Cross   20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him and put His own garments on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.  21 And they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to take up His Cross.  22 And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha, which translated, is the Place of the Skull.

The Crucifixion   23 And they gave Him wine to drink mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it.  24 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots for them to see what each should take.  25 Now it was the third hour and they crucified Him.  26 And the inscription bearing the charge against Him was, "The King of the Jews." 27 And they crucified 2 robbers with Him, one on His Right Hand and one on His Left.  28* And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, "And He was reckoned among the wicked." 29 And the passers-by were jeering at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Aha, You Who destroy the Temple, and in 3 days build it up again; 30 come down from the Cross, and save Yourself!"  31 In like manner, the chief priests with the Scribes said in mockery to one another, "He saved others, Himself He cannot save!  32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the Cross, that we may see and believe."  And they who were crucified with Him reproached Him.     * 28: Isa. 53, 12.

The Death of Jesus   33 And when the 6th hour came, there was darkness over the whole land until the 9th hour.  34 And at the 9th hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?" which, translated, is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"  35 And some of the bystanders on hearing this said, "Behold, He is calling Elijah."  36 But someone ran, soaked a sponge in common wine, put it on a reed and offered it to Him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah is coming to take Him down."  37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and expired. 38 And the curtain of the Temple was torn in 2 from top to bottom.  39 Now when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw how He had thus cried out and expired, he said, "Truly This Man was the Son of God."  40 And some women were also there, looking on from a distance.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob the Less and of Joseph, and Salome.  41 These used to accompany Him and minister to Him when He was in Galilee---besides many other women who had come with Him to Jerusalem.

The Burial   42 Now when it was evening, as it was the Day of Preparation, that is the eve of the Sabbath, 43 there came Joseph of Arimathea, a councilor of high rank, who was himself looking for the Kingdom of God.  And he went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the Body of Jesus.  44 But Pilate wondered whether he had already died.  And sending for the centurion, he asked him whether He was already dead.  45 And when he learned from the centurion that He was, he granted the Body to Joseph.  46 And Joseph bought a linen cloth, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock.  Then he rolled a stone to the entrance of the tomb.  47 But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were looking on and saw where He was laid.

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The Women at the Grave    1 And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob, and Salome, bought spices, that they might go and anoint Him.  2 And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen.  3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?"  4 And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large.  5 But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed.  6 He said to them, "Do not be terrified.  You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified.  He has risen, He is not here.  Behold the place where they laid Him.  7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you."  8 And they departed and fled from the tomb, for trembling and fear had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Apparitions of Jesus   9 Now when he had risen from the dead early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast 7 devils.  10 She went and brought word to those who had been with Him, as they were mourning and weeping.  11 And they, hearing that He was alive and had been seen by her, did not believe it. 12 After this He was manifested in another form to 2 of them, as they were walking on their way into the country.  13 And they went and brought word to the rest, and even then they did not believe.

Commission of the Apostles  14 At length He appeared to the 11 as they were at table; and He upbraided them for their lack of faith and hardness of heart, in that they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.  15 And He said to them, "Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  16 He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.  17 And these signs shall attend those who believe: in My Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak in new tongues; 18 they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands upon the sick and they shall get well."

The Ascension   19 So then the Lord, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sits at the Right Hand of God.  20 But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the preaching by the signs that followed.  Amen.

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The unanimous tradition of the Church ascribes the third Gospel to St. Luke.  The Gospel itself shows that its author was a person of literary powers, a physician and a companion of St. Paul. This Gospel was written before the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70, for it does not refer to the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy.  Since the Acts of the Apostles closes its narrative with the year A.D. 63 or 64, the Gospel of St. Luke, his first book, must have been written prior to A.D. 63. The Gospel is addressed to a certain Theophilus, a man of conspicuous rank or office.  Indirectly, however, this Sacred Writing was intended for the Gentile converts.  The purpose of the Gospel is clearly indicated in the prologue (1, 1-4).  These converts from paganism had received instruction before Baptism.  St. Luke wishes now to give them a deeper and more accurate knowledge of the truths of their religion, and at the same time to show them on what a firm basis their faith is founded.  The theme of the universality of salvation can be considered as running through the Gospel.  Divine forgiveness and salvation are offered to all. The Gospel also sharply contrasts the position of the pagan and Jewish womanhood, and presents many types of womanhood to its readers.  The subject of prayer is also stressed.  Not only does the evangelist record more frequently than the others Christ as an example of prayer, but also His instructions on prayer.  As an artist St. Luke shows his skill in portraying living characters and he has remained an inspiration to painters for centuries.  As a historian he is comparable with the great Greek and Latin writers.  In his Gospel there is a steady movement of events from Nazareth to Jerusalem, where as in the Acts it is from Jerusalem to Rome.

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1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to draw up a narrative concerning the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 even as they who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, 3 I also have determined, after following up all things carefully from the very first, to write for you, most excellent Theophilus, an orderly account, 4 that you may understand the certainty of the words in which you have been instructed.

Annunciation of the Baptist  5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  6 Both were just before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.  7 But they had no son, for Elizabeth was barren; and they were both advanced in years. 8 Now it came to pass, while he was officiating in the order of his course as priest before God, 9* according to the custom of the priest's office, that he was chosen by lot to enter the Temple of the Lord to burn incense.  10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.  11 And there appeared to him an Angel of the Lord, standing at the right of the altar of incense.  12 And Zachary, seeing him, was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  13 But the Angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zachary, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son and you shall call his name John.  14 And you shall have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.  15 For he shall be great before the Lord; he shall drink no wine or strong drink, and shall be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb.  16 And he shall bring back to the Lord their God many of the children of Israel, 17 and he shall himself go before him in the spirit  and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just; to prepare for the Lord a perfect people." 18 And Zachary said to the Angel, "How shall I know this?  For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years." 19 And the Angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the Presence of God; and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.  20 And behold, you shall be dumb and unable to speak until the day when these things come to pass, because you have not believed my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time." 21 And the people were waiting for Zachary, and they wondered at his tarrying so long in the Temple.  22 But when he did come out he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the Temple.  And he kept making signs to them, but he remained dumb.  23 And it came to pass, when the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.  24 Now after these days Elizabeth his wife conceived, and she secluded herself for 5 months, saying, 25* "Thus has the Lord dealt with me in the days when He deigned to take away my reproach among men."   9: It was customary for the priestly class whose week it was to serve in the Temple, to cast lots daily for the performance of the various functions.  To offer incense upon the altar in the holy place was considered a singular privilege.     *  25: Among the Jews childlessness was considered a reproach.

Annunciation of the Savior  26 Now in the 6th month the Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.  28 And when the Angel had come to Her, he said, "Rejoice, Full of Grace, the Lord is with You.  Blessed are You among women."  29 When She had heard him, She was troubled at his word, and kept pondering what manner of greeting this might be.  30 And the Angel said to Her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for You have found Grace with God.  31 Behold, You shall conceive in Your womb and shall bring forth a Son; and You shall call His Name Jesus.  32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, 33 and He shall be King over the house of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end." 34* But Mary said to the Angel, "How shall this happen, since I do not know man?" 35 And the Angel answered and said to Her, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon You and the Power of the Most High shall overshadow You; and therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God.  36 And behold, Elizabeth Your kinswoman also has conceived a son in her old age, and she who was called barren is now in her 6th month; 37 *for nothing shall be impossible with God." 38 But Mary said, "Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done to Me according to your word."  And the Angel departed from Her.     * 28  Full of  Grace should be capitalized because technically, it constitutes a new name for Mary. The liberals who translated the NAB deliberately mistranslated this so the American bishops did a fixed version for the lectionary.  The fixed version says Full of Grace. *34:  Mary did not doubt, as did Zachary, that the Angel's words would be fulfilled, but prudently inquired how this would be accomplished, since She had firmly resolved to remain a virgin.    * 37DR is a more accurate translation of this verse:  "Because no word shall be impossible with God." We capitalize the personal pronouns referring to Mary, because She is the Mother of God.

The Visitation  39 Now in those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town of Juda.  40 And She entered the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth.  41 And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe in her womb leapt.  42 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Blessed are You among women and blessed is the Fruit of Your womb!  43 And how have I deserved that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?  44 For behold, the moment that the sound of Your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy.  45 And blessed is She who has believed, because the things promised Her by the Lord shall be accomplished." 46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and My spirit rejoices in God My Savior; 48 Because He has regarded the lowliness of His Handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call Me blessed; 49 Because He Who is mighty has done great things for Me, and Holy is His Name; 50* And His Mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. 51 He has shown might with His Arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. 52* He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. 53* He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. 54 He has given help to Israel, His servant, mindful of His Mercy---55* Even as He spoke to our fathers---to Abraham and to His posterity forever." 56 And Mary remained with her about 3 months and returned to Her own house.  * 50: Ps. 102, 17.   * 52: Ps. 74, 8.  * 53: Ps. 33, 11.  * 55: Gen. 17, 9; Ps. 131, 11.  Posterity: Greek: seed.

Birth of the Baptist  57  Now Elizabeth's time was fulfilled that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son.  58 And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified His Mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her.  59 And it came to pass on the 8th day, that they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him, by his father's name, Zachary.  60 And his mother answered and said, "Not so, but he shall be called John." 61 And they said to her, "There is none of your kindred that is called by this name."  62 And they kept inquiring by signs of his father what he would have him called.  63 And asking for a writing-tablet he wrote the words, "John is his name."  And they all marveled.  64 And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak, blessing God.  65 And fear came on all their neighbors; and all these things were spoken abroad in all the hill country of Judea.  66 And all who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?"  For the Hand of the Lord was with him.  67 And Zachary his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,  68* "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has visited and wrought redemption for His people,  69* And has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David His servant, 70* As He promised through the mouth of His holy ones, the prophets from of old; 71* Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us, 72 To show mercy to our forefathers and to be mindful of His Holy Covenant, 73* Of the oath that He swore to Abraham our father, that He would grant us, 74 That, delivered from the hand of our enemies, we should serve Him without fear, 75 In holiness and justice before Him all our days. 76* And you, child, shall be called the Prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77* To give His people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins, 78* Because of the loving-kindness of our God, wherewith the Orient from on high has visited us, 79* To shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." 80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and was in the deserts until the day of his manifestation to Israel.  _________* 68: Ps. 73, 12.   69: Ps. 131, 17. --- A horn of salvation: i.e., a powerful and mighty Savior.  The horn was a symbol of power and strength.   70: Jer. 23, 6; 30, 10.   71: Ps. 105, 10.   73: Gen. 22, 16; Jer. 31, 33.   76: Mal. 3, 1.    77: Mal. 4, 5.  *   78: The Orient: Just as the natural sun rises over the earth and dissipates darkness, so too the spiritual sun, Jesus Christ, has come to dispel the darkness of error and sin.  79: Isa. 9, 2.

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The Birth of Jesus  1 Now it came to pass in those days, that a decree went forth from Caesar Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken.  2 This first census took place while Cyrinus was governor of Syria.  3 And all were going, each to his own town, to register. 4 And Joseph also went from Galilee out of the town of Nazareth into Judea to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem---because he was of the house and family of David--- 5 to register, together with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.  6 And it came to pass while they were there, that the days of Her to be delivered were fulfilled.  7 And She brought forth Her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.  

The Shepherds  8 And there shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.  9 And behold, an Angel of the Lord stood by them and the Glory of God shone round about them, and they feared exceedingly. 10 And the Angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people; 11 for today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, Who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this shall be a sign to you: you will find an Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."  13 And  suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will." 15 And it came to pass, when the Angels had departed from them into heaven, that the shepherds were saying to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they went with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.  17 And when they had seen, they understood what had been told them concerning this Child.  18 And all who heard marveled at the thing told them by the shepherds.  19 But Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in Her Heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.

Circumcision and Presentation  21 And when 8 days were fulfilled for His Circumcision, His Name was called Jesus, the Name given Him by the Angel before He was conceived in the womb. 22* And when the days of Her purification were fulfilled according to the Law of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord--- 23* as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord"---  24 and to offer sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or 2 young pigeons." 25 And behold, there was in Jerusalem a man named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.  27 And when His parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he also received Him into his arms and blessed God, saying, 29 "Now You dismiss Your servant, O Lord, according to Your Word, in peace; 30 Because my eyes have seen Your Salvation, 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples: 32 A Light of Revelation to the Gentiles, and a Glory for Your people Israel." 33 And His father and Mother were marveling at the things spoken concerning Him.  34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His Mother, "Behold, This Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted.  35 And Your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." 36 There was also Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser.  She was of a great age, having lived with her husband 7 years from her maidenhood, 37 and by herself as a widow to 84 years.  She never left the Temple, with fastings and prayers worshipping night and day.  38 And coming up at that very hour, she began to give praise to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had fulfilled all things prescribed in the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, into their own town of Nazareth.  40 And the Child grew and became strong.  He was full of wisdom and the Grace of God was upon Him. 22: According to the Mosaic Law, a mother was unclean for 7 days after the birth of a son and then had to remain at home for another 33 days.   *  23: Ex. 13, 2.[T1] 

The Lord Jesus in the Temple  41 And His parents were wont to go every year to Jerusalem at the Feast of the Passover.  42* And when He was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.  43 And after they had fulfilled the days, when they were returning, the Boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it.  44 But thinking that He was in the caravan, they had come a day's journey before it occurred to them to look for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.  45 And not finding Him, they returned to Jerusalem in search of Him. 46 And it came to pass after 3 days, that they found Him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  47 And all who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.  48 And when they saw Him, they were astonished.  And His Mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done so to us?  Behold, in sorrow Your father and I have been seeking you." 49 And He said to them, "How is it that You sought Me?  Did You not know that I must be about My Father's business?"  50 And they did not understand the word that He spoke to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His Mother kept all these things carefully in Her Heart.  52* And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace before God and men.  *   42: When a young Jew reaches the age of 13 he becomes a Bar Mitzvah or "son of the Law" and was obliged to the observance of the entire Law.  But when the son had no father, he became a son of the law at the age of 12.  St. Joseph was an adoptive father.  So Christ became a Son of the Law at 12.  (This was discovered by Archbishop Sheen after the Confraternity Bible was printed. So only this internet Bible provides this information.)   52: As God, our Lord has infinite knowledge; as man, He had from the beginning the greatest possible infused knowledge and also the beatific vision.  His human mind, however, could advance in experimental knowledge, which is only acquired through the medium of mental faculties and bodily senses.

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John the Baptist  1 Now in the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of the district of Iturea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiphas, the Word of God came to John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.  3* And he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4* as it is written in the book of the words of the Prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying in the desert, 'Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths. 5* Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, And the crooked ways shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth; 6* and all mankind shall see the Salvation of God.'" 7 He said therefore to the crowds that went out to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! who has shown you how to flee from the Wrath to come?  8 Bring forth therefore fruits befitting repentance, and do not begin to say, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that God is able out of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.  9 For even now the axe is laid at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, that is not bringing forth fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire." 10 And the crowds asked him, saying, "What then are we to do?"  11 And he answered and said to them, "Let him who has 2 tunics share with him who has none; and let him who has food do likewise." 12 And the publicans also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Master, what are we to do?"  13 But he said to them, "Exact no more than what has been appointed you." 14 And soldiers also asked him, saying, "And we---what are we to do?"  And he said to them, "Plunder no one, accuse no one falsely, and be content with your pay." 15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all were wondering in their hearts about John, whether perhaps he might be the Christ, 16 John addressed them, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water.  But One mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to loose.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.  17 His winnowing fan is in His Hand, and He will clean out His threshing floor, and will gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire."  18 So with many different exhortations he kept on preaching the Gospel to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him concerning Herodias, his brother's wife, and concerning all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 crowned all this by shutting up John in prison.  ________*    3: The baptism of John was not a sacrament, but a symbol of repentance, by which the recipient expressed his sorrow for his sins and his desire for internal purification.  Thus he was prepared for the true remission of his sins.   *   4-6: Isa. 40, 3-5. 

The Baptism of Jesus  21 Now it came to pass when all the people had been baptized, Jesus also having been baptized and being in prayer, that heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form as a dove, and a Voice came from heaven, "You are My Beloved Son, in You I am well pleased."

Genealogy of Jesus 23* And Jesus Himself, when He began His work, was about 30 years of age, being---as was supposed---the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, 24* the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janne, the son of Joseph, 25* the son of Matthathias, the son of Amos, the son of Naum, the son of Esli, the son of Nagge, 26* the son of Maath, the son of Matthathias, the son of Semei, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27* the son of Joanna, the son of Resa, the son of Zorobabel, the son of Salathiel, the son of Neri, 28* the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Her, 29* the son of Jesus, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30* the son of Simeon, the son of Judas, the son of Joseph, the son of Jona, the son of Eliachim, 31* the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Matthata, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32* the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Booz, the son of Salmon, the son of Naasson, 33* the son of Aminadab, the son of Aram, the son of Esron, the son of Phares, the son of Judas, 34* the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Thare, the son of Nachor, 35* the son of Seruch, the son of Ragau, the son of Phalec, the son of Eber, the son of Sale, 36* the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Sem, the son of Noe, the son of Lamech, 37* the son of Mathusale, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Malaleel, the son of Cainan, 38* the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, who was of God.  ________     *  23-38: In St. Matthew the genealogy descends from Abraham to Jesus, whereas in St. Luke it ascends from Jesus to Adam.  Both evangelists give the genealogy of St. Joseph, but according to different relationships.

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CHAPTER 4

The Temptation   1 Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jor­dan, and was led by the Spirit about the desert for 40 days, being tempted the while by the devil. 2 And He ate nothing those days; and when they were com­pleted He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that this stone become a loaf of bread." 4 And Jesus answered him, "It is written, Not by bread alone shall man live, but by every Word of God."(Deuteronomy 8:3) 5 And the devil led Him up, and show­ed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And he said to Him, "To You will I give all this power and their glory; for to me they have been delivered, and to whomever I will, I give them. 7 Therefore if You will worship before me, the whole shall be Yours." 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is written, The Lord your God shall you worship, and Him only shall you serve."(Deut. 6:13) 9 Then he led Him to Jerusalem and set Him on the pinnacle of the Temple and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; 10 for it is written, He will give His angels charge concerning you, to preserve you; 11 and, Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone." 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God." (Deut. 6:16)   13 And when the devil had tried every temptation, he departed from Him for a while.

Jesus at Nazareth   14 And Jesus re­turned in the Power of the Spirit into Galilee; and the fame of Him went out through the whole country. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, and was honored by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and according to His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read. 17 And the volume of the Prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And after He opened the volume, He found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me; to bring good news to the poor He has sent Me, 19 to proclaim to the captives release, and sight to the blind; to set at liberty the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompense.(Isaiah 61:1,2) 20 And closing the volume, He gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were gazing on Him. 21 But He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." 22 And all bore Him witness, and marveled at the words of grace that came from His Mouth. And they said, "Is not this Joseph's son?" 23 And He said to them, "You will sure­ly quote Me this proverb, 'Physician, cure yourself! Whatever things we have heard of as done in Capharnaum, do here also in Your own country!' " 24 But He said, "Amen I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25 In truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when heaven was shut up for 3 years and 6 months, and a great famine came over all the land; 26 and to none of them was Elijah sent, but rather to a widowed woman in Sarepta of Sidon. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the Prophet Elisha; and not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian." 28 And all in the synagogue, as they heard these things, were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and put Him forth out of the town, and led Him to the brow of the hill, on which their town was built, that they might throw Him down head­long. 30 But He, passing through their midst, went His way.   31 And He went down to Capharnaum, a town of Galilee. And there He was teaching them on the Sabbath. 32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His Word was with authority.

The Cure of a Demoniac    33 Now in the synagogue there was a man possessed by an unclean devil, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Naza­reth? Have You come to destroy us? 1 know You, Who You are, the Holy One of God." 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Hold your peace, and go out of him." And when the devil had thrown him down into the midst, he went out of him, without harming him at all. 36 And amazement came upon all, and they dis­cussed it with one another, saying, "What is this Word? For with Authority and Power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." 37 And rumor con­cerning Him went forth into every place of the region roundabout.

Peter's Mother-in-law   38 But He rose from the synagogue and entered Simon's house.  Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a great fever, and they be­sought Him for her. 39 And standing over her He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and she rose at once and began to wait on them.

Other Miracles  40 Now when the sun was setting, all who had persons sick with various diseases brought them to Him. And He laid His Hands upon each of them and cured them. 41 And devils also came forth from many, crying out and saying, "You are the Son of God." And He re­buked them, and did not permit them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ. 42 Now when it was day, He went out and departed into a desert place. And the crowds were seeking after Him, and they came to Him, and tried to detain Him, that He might not depart from them. 43 But He said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the Kingdom of God, for this is why I have been sent." 44 And He was preaching in the syna­gogues of Galilee.

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CHAPTER 5

The First Disciples Called   1 Now it came to pass, while the crowds were pressing upon Him to hear the Word of God, that He was standing by Lake Genesareth. 2 And He saw 2 boats moored by the lake, but the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 And getting into one of the boats, the one that was Simon's, He asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, He began to teach the crowds from the boat. 4 But when He had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep, and lower your nets for a catch." 5 And Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken nothing; but at Your Word I will lower the net." 6 And when they had done so, they en­closed a great number of fishes, but their net was breaking. 7 And they beckoned to their comrades in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; 10 and so were also Jacob and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you shall catch men." 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all and followed Him.

A Leper   12 And it came to pass, while He was in one of the towns, that, Behold, there was a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus he fell on his face and besought Him, saying, "Lord, if You will, You can make me clean." 13 And stretching forth His Hand He touched him, saying, "I will; be made clean." And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He charged him to tell no man, but,  "Go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift for your purification, as Moses commanded, for a witness to them."* 15 But so much the more the tidings spread concerning Him, and great crowds gathered together to hear Him and to be cured of their sicknesses. 16 But He Him­self was in retirement in the desert, and in prayer. 17 And it came to pass on one of the days, that He sat teaching. And there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee and Judea and out of Jerusalem. And the Power of the Lord was present to heal them.    5, 14: Through this offering the people knew that the leper had been declared cleansed by the priest and could com­municate again with them.

A Paralytic at Capharnaum   18 And behold, some men were carrying upon a pallet a man who was paralyzed, and they were trying to bring him in and to lay him before Him. 19 And as they found no way of bringing him in, because of the crowd, they went up onto the roof and lowered him through the tiles, with his pallet, into the midst before Jesus. 20 And seeing their faith, He said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." 21 And the Scribes and Pharisees began to argue, saying, "Who is This Man Who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God only?" 22 But Jesus, know­ing their thoughts, answered and said to them, "Why are you arguing in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"—He said to the paralytic—"I say to you, arise, take up your pallet and go to your house." 25 And immediately he arose before them, took up what he had been lying on, and went away to his house, glorify­ing God. 26 And astonishment seized up­on them all, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen wonderful things today."

The Call of Levi   27 And after this He went forth; and He saw a publican, named Levi, sitting in the tax-collector's place, and He said to him, "Follow Me." 28 And leaving all things, he arose and followed Him. 29 And Levi gave a great feast for Him at his house; and there was a great gathering of publicans and of others, who were at the table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their Scribes were grumbling, saying to His disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with pub­licans and sinners?" 31 And Jesus an­swered and said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the just, but sinners, to repentance."

The Question of Fasting    33 Now they said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make supplications, and likewise those of the Pharisees, whereas Your disciples eat and drink?" 34 He said to them, "Can you make the wedding guests fast *as long as the Bride­groom is with them? 35 But the days will come—and when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then they will fast in those days." 36 And He spoke a parable also to them,* "No one puts a patch from a new garment on an old garment; else not only does he tear the new one, but the patch from the new garment does not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine, into old wine-skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and will be spilt, and the skins ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh skins, and both are saved.* 39 And no man after drinking old wine immediately desires new; for he says, The old is better.'" 5, 34f: Jesus is the Bridegroom (cf Jn 3, 29), and His wedding guests (literally, children of the bridegroom) are His disciples. It is repugnant to Jewish custom to think of fasting and mourning during the period of the wedding fes­tivities. But when He is taken away from them, then His dis­ciples will fittingly fast and mourn.   5, 36-39: In these 2 similes Jesus refers to the differ­ences between the old dispensation, which was coming to an end, and the new order, which was foretold by the prophets and which He began to establish. These 2 orders are in­compatible and cannot be made to match.

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CHAPTER 6

The Disciples Pluck Grain on the Sab­bath   1  Now it came to pass on the second first Sabbath, that He was going through standing grain, and His disciples were plucking and eating the ears of grain, rubbing them with their hands. 2 But some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" 3 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you not, then, read what David did when he and those with him were hungry? 4 how he en­tered the House of God, and took, ate, and gave to those who were with him, the loaves of proposition, which no one may lawfully eat except the priests?" 5 And He said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

A Man with a Withered Hand   6 And it came to pass on another Sabbath, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there and his right hand was withered. 7 And the Scribes and the Pharisees were watching whether He cured on the Sabbath, that they might find how to accuse Him. 8 But He knew their thoughts, and He said to the man with the withered hand, "Arise and stand forth in the midst." And he arose and stood forth. 9 But Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good, or to do evil, to save a life, or to destroy it?" 10 And having looked around upon them all, He said to the man, "Stretch forth your hand." And he stretched it forth, and his hand was re­stored. 11 But they were filled with fury, and began to discuss among themselves what they should do to Jesus.

The 12 Apostles    12 Now it came to pass in those days, that He went out to the mountain to pray, and con­tinued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when day broke, He summoned His dis­ciples; and from these He chose 12 (whom He also named Apostles): 14 Simon, whom He named Peter, and his brother Andrew; Jacob and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; Jacob the son of Alpheus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Jude the brother of Jacob, and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor.

The Sermon on the Plain  17  And coming down with them, He took His stand on a level stretch, with a crowd of His disciples, and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to listen to Him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd were trying to touch Him, for power went forth from Him and healed all.

The Beatitudes and Woes   20 And He lifted up His Eyes to His disciples, and said, "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satis­fied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 Blessed shall you be when men hate you, and when they shut you out, and reproach you, and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice on that day and exult, for behold your reward is great in heaven. For in the selfsame manner their fathers used to treat the Prophets. 24 But Woe to you rich! for you are now having your comfort. 25 Woe to you who are filled! for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you! In the selfsame manner their fathers used to treat the false prophets.*    6, 26: The prophets alluded to are the false prophets, as is evident from the Greek text.

The Rules of Charity   27 "But I say to you who are listening:

Love your ene­mies, do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you, pray for those who calumniate you. 29 And to him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also; and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and from him who takes away your goods, ask no return. 31 And even as you wish men to do to you, so also do to them. 32 And if you love those who love you, what merit have you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what merit have you? For even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive in return, what merit have you? For even sinners lend to sin­ners that they may get back as much in return. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, not hoping for any re­turn, and your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Most High, for He is kind towards the ungrateful and evil. 36 Be merciful, therefore, even as your Father is merciful. 37 "Do not judge, and you shall not be judged; do not condemn, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven; 38 give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap. For with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you."

Self-examination    39 And He spoke a parable also to them, "Can a blind man guide a blind man? Will not both fall into a pit? 40 No disciple is above his teacher; but when perfected, everyone will be like his teacher. 41 But why do you see the speck in your brother's eye, and yet do not consider the beam in your own eye? 42 And how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me cast out the speck from your eye,' while you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to cast out the speck from your brother's eye. 43 "For there is no good tree that bears bad fruit, nor is there a bad tree that bears good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its fruit. For from thorns men do not gather figs, neither from a bram­ble do they harvest grapes. 45 The good man from the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and the evil man from the evil treasure brings forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Conclusion of the Sermon   46 "But why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not practice the things that I say? 47 Every­one who comes to Me and hears My Words and acts upon them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon rock. And when a flood came, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it; because it was founded on rock. 49 But he who has heard My Words and has not acted upon them is like a man who built his house upon the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke and straightway it fell in, and great was the wreck of that house."     

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CHAPTER 7

The Centurion's Servant   1 When He had finished all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He entered Capharnaum. 2 Now a servant of a certain centurion, to whom he was dear, was sick to the point of death. 3 And the centurion, hearing of Jesus, sent to Him elders of the Jews, beseeching Him to come and save his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they entreated Him earnestly, saying to Him, "He is worthy that You should do this for him, 5 for he loves our nation and has built us our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to Him, "Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should come un­der my roof; 7 this is why I did not think myself worthy to come to You. But say the Word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I too am a man subject to au­thority, and have soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled, and turning to the crowd that fol­lowed Him, said, "Amen I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith." 10 And when the messengers re­turned to the house, they found the serv­ant in good health who had been ill.

The Widow's Son   11 And it came to pass soon afterwards, that He went to a town called Naim; and His disciples and a large crowd went with Him. 12 And as He drew near the gate of the town, Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large gathering from the town was with her. 13 And the Lord, see­ing her, had compassion on her, and said to her, "Do not weep." 14 And He went up and touched the stretcher; and the bearers stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." 15 And he who was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. 16 But fear seized upon all, and they began to glorify God, saying, "A Great Prophet has risen among us," and "God has visited His people." 17 And this report concerning Him went forth throughout the whole of Judea, and all the country roundabout.

The Baptist's Deputation       18 And John's disciples brought him word of all these things. 19 And John summoned 2 of his disciples and sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?" * 20 And when the men had come to Him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, 'Are You He Who is to come, or shall we look for another?' " 21 In that very hour He cured many of dis­eases, afflictions and evil spirits, and to many who were blind He granted sight. 22 And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have heard and seen: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise, the poor have the Gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who is not scandalized in Me."    7, 19: The Baptist asked this question for the benefit of his disciples and the people. He wished to convince them fully that Jesus was the Messiah.

Christ's Witness Concerning John   24 Then, as the messengers of John left, He began to say to the crowds concerning John, "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, those who wear fine clothes and live in luxury are in the houses of kings. 26 But what did you go out to see? A Prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a Prophet. 27 This is he of whom it is written, Behold, I send My messenger before Your Face, who shall make ready Your way before You. 28  I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater Prophet than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." 29 And when they had heard Him, all the people and the publicans justified God,* having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers, not having been baptized by him, brought to naught God's purpose concerning themselves.     7, 29: