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ST. MATTHEW'S GOSPEL.
Section I. The Nativity.-Ch. i. ii.
The lineage of Jesus from Abraham. His conception and birth. The visit
of the magians. The judgment of the chief priests and scribes concerning
the place where the Messiah should be born. Joseph's retreat into Egypt.
The murder of the infants. Herod's death. Joseph's return to Galilee, 537
SECTION II. The Baptism.-Ch. iii. iy.
John sent to baptize and announce the Messiah. Jesus baptized by him,
and attested by heaven. Tempted by the devil in the desert. Returns to
Galilee. Calls Peter, Andrew, and the two sons of Zebedee. Gives inti-
mation to the people of the reign of God. Performs miraculous cures,
Section III, The Sermon on the Mount.—Ch. v, vi. vii.
Who are happy. The disciples of Jesus bound to be exemplary. He came
to ratify the divine law, much impaired by the traditions of the Pharisees.
Section V. The Charge to the Apostles.-Ch. ix. 35, etc. x. xi. 1.
Jesus selects twelve whom he names apostles. Commissions them to an-
nounce the reign of heaven to his countrymen the Jews, empowering them
to perform miraculous cures. To secure them against solicitude, he assures
them of the care of Providence, and of the illuminations of the Spirit. He
warns them by his own example of what they may expect from men;
against the dread of whom he fortifies them by the consideration of the
omnipotence of God. His cause will occasion divisions in families. By
all genuine disciples he will be preferred to every other object. The small.
est services performed from love to him, shall not be unrewarded, 549
Section VI. The Character of the Times.-Ch. xi. 2, etc. xii.
John's message to Jesus. The testimony of Jesus concerning John. The
people's opinion of both. The aggravated guilt of Chorazin, Bethsaida,
posed. The danger of detracting from the Holy Spirit. Miracles not in-
tended for gratifying curiosity or captiousness. "The obduracy and folly of
the age strongly condemned by the repentance of the Ninevites, and the
zeal for wisdom manifested by the Queen of Sheba. The misimprovement
of benefits begets insensibility. Who are considered by Jesus as his near-
SECTION VII. Parables.-Ch. xii. 1–53.
The parable of the sower. The reason why Jesus taught in parables. The
explanation of the parable. The parable of the darnel. Of the grain of
mustard seed. Of the leaven. The explanation of the parable of the dar-
nel. The parable of the hidden treasure. Of the precious pearl. Of the
sweep-net, with its explanation,
Section VIII. The People trice fed in the Desert.
Ch. xii. 54, etc. xiv. xv. xvi. 1--12.
Jesus despised by his fellow-citizens on account of his parentage; is inform-
ed how John the Baptist was killed by Herod; retires to a desert; is fol-
Section IX. The Transfiguration.—Ch. xvi. 13 etc. xvii. xviii.
Section XI. The Entry into Jerusalem.- Ch. xx. 17, etc. XXI. XX11. 1–14.
Section XII. The character of the Pharisees.-Ch. xxii. 15. etc. xxiü.
Section XIII. The Prophecy on Mount Olivet.-Ch. xxiv. xxv.
The destruction of the temple foretold. The calamities by which it will be
preceded. The signs that the Judge is at hand. The time of the judgment