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Lu. 17. 3.

shall agree to ask, shall be granted them by my Father who is 20 in heaven. For wheresoever two or three are assembled in my

name, I am in the midst of them. 21 Then Peter approaching, said to him : Master, if my bro

ther repeatedly trespass against me, how often must I forgive 22 him? Must I seven times? Jesus answered : I say unto thee,

Not seven times, but seventy times seven times. 23 In this the administration of heaven resembleth that of a

king, who determined to settle accounts with his servants. 24 Having begun to reckon, one was brought who owed bin ten 25 thousand talents.* But that servant not having wherewith to

pay, his master, to obtain payment, commanded that he, and

his wife and children, and all that he had, should be sold. 26 Then the servant throwing himself prostrate before his mas

ter cried, 'Have patience with me, my Lord, and I will pay the 27 whole.' And his master had compassion upon him, and dis28 missed him, remitting the debt. But this servant, as he went

out, meeting one of his fellow-servants, who owed him a hun

dred denarii,* seized him by the throat, saying, Pay me what 29 thou owest. His fellow-servant threw himself at his feet, and

besought him saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay 30 thee.' And he would not, but instantly caused him to be im31 prisoned, until he should discharge the debt. His fellow-ser

vants seeing this, were deeply affected, and went and informed 32 their master of all that had passed. Then his master, having

given orders to call him, said to him, Thou wicked servant ;

all that debt I forgave thee, because thou besoughtest me. 33 Oughtest not thou to have shown such pity to thy fellow-ser34 vant as I showed to thee?' So his master, being provoked,

delivered him to the jailors, to remain in their hands until he 35 should clear the debt. Thus will my celestial Father treat

every one of you who forgiveth not froin his heart the faults of his brother.


Mar. 10. 2.

Mar. 10. 1. XIX. WHEN Jesus had ended his discourse, he left Galilee, and

2 came into the confines of Judea upon the Jordan, whither great

multitudes followed him; and he healed their sick. 3 Then some Pharisees came to him, and trying him, asked:

Can a man lawfully, upon every pretence, divorce bis wife? 4 He answered: Have ye not read, ihat at the beginning, when 5 said, “ For this cause a man shall leave father and mother, Gen. 2. 24. and adhere to his wife; and they two shall be one flesh.” ICOT: 6:16.

the Creator made man, he formed a male and a female, and

Gen. 1. 27.

* Above three millions sterling.

+ About three guineas.

Eph. 6 Wherefore they are no longer two, but one flesh. What 7 then God hath conjoined, let no man separate. They re

plied : Why then did Moses command to give a writing of 8 divorcement, and dismiss her? He answered: Moses indeed, Deut. 24. 1.

because of your untractable disposition, permitted you to di-ch. 5. 31. 9 vorce your wives, but it was not so from the beginning. There

fore I say unto you, Whoever divorceth his wife, except for Lu. 16. 18. whoredom, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and

whoever marrieth the woman divorced, committeth adultery. 1 Cor. 7.11. 10 His disciples said unto him: If such be the condition of the 11 husband, it is better to live unmarried. He answered: They

alone are capable of living thus, on whom the power is confer12 red. For some are eunuchs from their birth; others have been

made eunuchs by men ; and others, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, have made themselves eunucbs. Let him act this

part who can act it. 13

Then children were presented to him, that he might lay his Mar: 3:13 hands upon them, and pray for them; but the disciples re14 proved those who brought them. Jesus said : let the children ch. 18. 1.

alone, and hinder them not from coming unto me; for of such 15 is the kingdom of heaven. And having laid his hands on them,

he departed thence. 16 Afterward, one approaching, said to him: Good Teacher, Mar. 10. 17 17 what good must I do to obtain eternal life? He answered :

Why callest thou me good? God only is good. If thou wouldst 18 enter into that life, keep the commandments. He said unto

bim : Which? Jesus answered : “ Thou shalt not commit mur

der. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Ex. 2205.126. 19 Thou shalt not give false testimony. Honor thy father and Lev. 19. 18. 20 mother : and love thy neighbor as thyself.” The young man

replied: All these have I observed from my childhood ; wherein 21 am I still deficient ? Jesus answered : If thou wouldst be per

fect, go sell thy estate, and give the price to the poor, and

thou shalt have treasure in heaven ; then come and follow me. 22 The young man hearing this, went away sorrowful, for he had

great possessions. 23

Whereupon Jesus said to his disciples : Verily I say unto Lu. 18. 24. you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven: 24 I say further, 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. 25 His disciples who heard this with amazement, said : Who then 26 can be saved? Jesus, looking at them, answered : With men

this is impossible, but with God every thing is possible.

Lu, 18. 18.

Mar. 10. 23 Mar. 10. 28.

Lu. 22. 30,

Lu. 13. 30.

27 Then Peter replying, said : As for us, we have forsaken all, Lu. 18. 28. 28 and followed thee; what then shall be our reward? Jesus an

swered: Verily I say unto you, that at the renovation, when the Son of Man shall be seated on his glorious throne, ye, my

followers, sitting also upon twelve thrones, shall judge the 29 twelve tribes of Israel. And whosoever shall have forsaken, on

my account, houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, shall receive a hundred-fold, and

inherit eternal life. Mar. 10. 31. 30

But many shall be first that are last, and last that are first. XX. For the administration of heaven will resemble the con

duct of a householder, who went out early in the morning to 2 hire laborers for his vineyard. Having agreed with some for a 3 denarius * a day, he sent them into his vineyard. About the

third hourf he went out, and seeing others unemployed in the 4 market-place, said to them, Go ye likewise into my vineyard,

and I will give you what is reasonable. Accordingly they went. 5 Again, about the sixth hour, I and about the ninth he went 6 out and did the same. Lastly, about the eleventh hour || he

went out, and finding others unemployed, said to them, Why

stand ye all the day here doing nothing ?' They answered, 7. Because nobody hath hired us.' He said to them, “Go ye

also into my vineyard, and ye shall receive what is reasonable.' 8 When it was night, the proprietor of the vineyard said to his

steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their wages, begin

ning with the last, and ending with the first.' Then they who 9 had been hired at the eleventh hour came, and received each a 10 denarius. When the first came, they imagined they should get 11 more; but they got only a denarius a piece. Upon receiving 12 it, they murmured against the householder, saying, These last

have worked but one hour; yet thou hast made them equal to us 13 who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' He an

swering said to one of them, “Friend, I do thee no injury. 14 Didst thou not agree with me for a denarius ? Take what is

thine, and depart. It is my will to give to this last as much as 15 to thee. And may not I do what I will with mine own? Is 16 thine eye evil, because I am good?' Thus the last shall be first,

and the first last; for there are many called, but few chosen.

ch. 22. 14.

* About sevenpence halfpenny.
+ Nine o'clock morning.
| Noon.

§ Three o'clock afternoon.
|| Five o'clock afternoon.


& 17. 22.

Lu. 22. 24.

17 WHEN Jesus was on the road to Jerusalem, he took the Mar. 10:22 18 twelve disciples aside, and said to them : We are now going to ch.16.21.

Jerusalem, where the Son of Man shall be delivered to the 19 chief priests and the scribes, who will condemn him to die and

consign him to the Gentiles, to be mocked, and scourged, and

crucified : but the third day he shall rise again. 20 Then the mother of Zebedee's children came to himn with Mar. 10. 35.

her sons, prostrating herself, entreated he would grant the re21 quest she had to make. He said to her : What wouldst thou?

She answered : That, in thy reign, one of these my two sons 22 may sit on thy right hand, the other at thy left. Jesus reply

ing, said : Ye know not what ye ask. Can ye drink such a

cup as I must drink; or undergo an immersion like that which 23 I must undergo ? They said unto him : We can. He an

swered: Ye shall indeed drink such a cup, and undergo an immersion like that which I must undergo. But to sit at my right hand and at my left I cannot give, unless to those for whom

it is prepared by my Father. 24 The teņ hearing this were full of indignation against the two Mar. 10. 41. 25 brothers; but Jesus calling them to him, said : Ye know that

the princes of the nations domineer over them, and the great 26 exercise their authority upon them. It must not be so amongst

you: on the contrary, whosoever would become great amongst 27

you, let him be your servant; and whosoever would be chief 28 amongst you, let him be your slave: even as the Son of Man

came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom

for many 29 As they left Jericho, followed by a great multitude, two blind 30 men, who sat by the way-side, hearing that Jesus passed by, Lu. 18. 35. 31 cried, saying : Master, Son of David, have pity upon us. The

multitude charged them to be silent: but they cried the louder, 32 saying : Master, Son of David, have pity upon us. Then Je

sus stopping called them, and said : What do ye want me to 33 do for you? They answered : Sir, to make us see. Jesus 34 had compassion, and touched their eyes. Immediately they

received sight, and followed him. XXI. When they were nigh Jerusalem, being come to Bethpage, Lu. 19. 29.

near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, say2 ing : Go to the village opposite to you, where you will find an

ass tied, and her colt with her; loose them, and bring them hither. 3 If any man say aught unto you, say, The Master wanteth 4 them, and he will send them directly. Now all this was done

Phil. 2 7.

Mar. 10. 46.

Mar. 11.1.

l.a. 62. ll. Zech. 9. 9. Jo. 12. 15.

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Ps 118. 25.

Jo. 2. 14.
Mar. 11. 15.
Lu. 19. 45.

Isa. 56. 7.
Jer. 7. 11.


Lu. 19. 38, 39 & 46.

5 that the words of the prophet may be fulfilled, “Say to the

daughter of Zion, Behold ihy King cometh to thee lowly, rid6 ing on an ass, even the colt of a laboring beast.”. According

ly the disciples went, and having done as Jesus had commanded 7 them, brought the ass and the colt, and covering them with their 8 mantles, made him ride. Now the greater part spread their

mantles in the way; others lopped branches off the trees, and 9 strowed them in the way; while the crowd that went before

and that followed, shouted, saying, Hosanna* to the Son of Da

vid; blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord.t 10 Hosanna in the highest heaven. When he entered Jerusalem,

the whole city was in an uproar, every body asking : Who is 11 this? The crowd answered, It is Jesus the prophet of Naza

reth in Galilee. 12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God, and drove thence

all who sold and who bought in the temple, and overturned the

tables of the money-changers, and the stalls of those who sold 13 doves, and said to them: It is written, My house shall be called a house of


and have made it a den of rob14 bers.' Then the blind and the lame came to him in the tem15 ple, and he healed them. But the chief priests and the scribes,

seeing the wonders which he performed, and the boys crying

in the temple Hosanna to the Son of David, said to him with 16 indignation : Hearest thou what these say? Jesus answered :

Yes. Have ye never read, From the mouth of infants and 17 sucklings thou hast procured praise?' Thereupon leaving

them, he went out of the city to Bethany, where he remained

that night. 18 Returning to the city in the morning he was hungry, and 19 seeing a single fig-tree by the road, he went to it; but finding

only leaves on it, said : Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward. Mar. 11. 22. 20 And the fig-tree withered forthwith. When the disciples saw

it, they said with astonishment: How soon is the fig-tree with21 ered! Jesus answered ; Verily I say unto you, if ye have an

unshaken faith, ye may not only do as much as is done to the

fig-tree, but even if ye should say to this mountain, Be lifted, 22 and thrown into the sea,' it shall be done. Moreover ye shall

obtain whatsoever ye shall with faith pray for. Mar. 11. 28. 23 Being come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders

of the people came near, as he was teaching, and said : By

what authority dost thou these things ? and who empowered 24 thee? Jesus answering, said to them: I also have a question to

propose, which if ye answer me, I will tell you by what author25 ity I do these things. Whence had John authority to baptize?

Ps. 8. 2.

Mar. 11. 12 & 20.

Lu. 20. 1.

• Save now I pray.

| In Heb. Jehovah.

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