« PreviousContinue »
which bears on the face of it tokens of belonging to One who spake as no other man could speak. The beatitudes with which the sermon opens are instances of this incommunicable style, which befitted, as far as human words could befit, God Incarnate. Nor is this style peculiar to the Sermon on the Mount. All through the Gospels it is discernible, distinct from any other part of Scripture, showing itself in solemn declarations, canons, sentences, or sayings, such as legislators propound, and scribes and lawyers comment on. Surely every thing our Lord did and said is characterised by mingled simplicity and mystery; His emblematical actions, His typical miracles, His parables, His replies, His censures,—all are evidences of a legislature in germ afterwards to be developed, a code of divine truths which was ever to be before men's eyes. And thus the Fathers speak of his teaching: "His sayings,' observes St. Justin, 'were short and concise, for He was no rhetorician; but His word was the power of God. And St. Basil in like manner: 'Every deed, and every word of our Saviour Jesus Christ, is a canon of piety and virtue. When, then, thou hearest word or deed of His, do not hear it as by the way, or after a simple and carnal manner; but enter into the depths of His contemplations, and become a communicant in truths mystically imparted to thee.'”
May that Immaculate Lady, who merited to conceive the Eternal Word in her virginal womb, pray for those who shall use this little Compendium, and they in turn for its Editor, that the words of Jesus may daily sink deeper and deeper into the hearts of all, and bear fruit unto life eternal, through the grace of the blessed Paraclete, to whom with the Father, and the Son, be glory for ever. Amen.
Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1855.
N.B. The Text and Doctrinal Notes are those of the Douay Testament.
LIFE OF OUR BLESSED LORD.
(From the Douay Testament.)
He is circumcised. Luke ii.
the Blessed Virgin mother fly with the child Jesus
with the Blessed Virgin and her Son, return from
reth in Galilee. Matt. ii.
tise. The chief of the Jews send messengers to ask
if he is not the Messias. John i.
ven declares him the beloved Son of God; the Holy
derness, where he fasts for forty days. The devil
Matt. iv. ; Mark i.; Luke iv.
water into wine. John ii.
Herod. Matt. xiv.; Mark vi.; Luke ix.
he calls Apostles; Peter is the first of them. Matt. x.;
31 Christ's sermon on the mount. Matt. v. vi. and vii.
He preaches in Judea and Galilee, casts out devils,
Mark v.; Luke viii.
doing miracles. Matt. x.; Mark vi.; Luke ix.
He makes choice of seventy-two disciples. Luke x.
build his Church upon him, and to give him the keys
of the kingdom of heaven. Matt. xvi.
Samaritan woman. John iv.
on the second-first Sabbath. Matt. xii.
Matt. xiv. At another time four thousand with seven
loaves. Matt. xy.
Many, even of his disciples, leave him, looking upon
that doctrine as hard and harsh. John vi.
The Sunday, or first day of the week in which he died
on the cross, he comes riding upon an ass into Jerusa-
lem. Matt. xxi.
temple, and in the evenings retires to Bethania, to
pray in the garden of Gethsemani. Luke xxi. 38, &c.
priests to deliver him up to them for a sum of money.
Matt. xxvi. 15.
bring the paschal lamb, offered in the temple, which,
After supper he institutes the Blessed Sacrament and
Sacrifice of his Body and Blood. Matt. xxvi.
down by St. John, xiv.-xvii.
himself the Son of God. He is spit upon and buf-
governor, Pontius Pilate, who sees and declares him
Cæsar, condemns him to the death of the Cross.
of his passion, see Matt. xxvi. xxvii. xxviii.; Mark
world. Matt. xxviii.