The Bible – New Testament The Gospels Saint Matthew 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Saint Mark 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Saint Luke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.… Continue reading THE BIBLE – NEW TESTAMENT
Matthew 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Mark 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Luke 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. … Continue reading Matthew – Mark – Luke – John
The Prophetic Books Isaiah Int. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. Jeremiah Int. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46.… Continue reading The Prophetic Books
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The Bible – Old Testament
1 Seven women will take hold of one man on that day, saying: “We will eat our own food and wear our own clothing; Only let your name be given us, put an end to our disgrace!”
2 On that day, The branch of the LORD will be luster and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel.
3 He who remains in Zion and he that is left in Jerusalem Will be called holy: every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.
When the Lord washes away the filth of the daughters of Zion, And purges Jerusalem’s blood from her midst with a blast of searing judgment,
Then will the LORD create, over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her place of assembly, A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night.
For over all, his glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.
1  Seven women . . . one man: the disproportion of the sexes due to war leaves the female population almost without male partners. The women are eager to marry, not for support, but to avoid the disgrace of being childless.
2  Branch of the LORD: divine blessings in general, which later culminated in the Messiah; cf ⇒ Jeremiah 23:5; ⇒ Zechariah 3:8; ⇒ 6:12.
3  Marked down for life: in God’s list of his elect; cf ⇒ Exodus 32:32.
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The Bible – New Testament
1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.
And then a leper 2 approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.
3 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”
4 When he entered Capernaum, 5 a centurion approached him and appealed to him,
saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply, 6 “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel 7 have I found such faith.
I say to you, 8 many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the kingdom will be driven out into the outer darkness, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion, “You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour (his) servant was healed.
9 Jesus entered the house of Peter, and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her, and she rose and waited on him.
When it was evening, they brought him many who were possessed by demons, and he drove out the spirits by a word 10 and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet: 11 “He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
12 13 When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side.
A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, 14 I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man 15 has nowhere to rest his head.”
Another of (his) disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
16 But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.”
17 He got into a boat and his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm 18 came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! 19 We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” 20 Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
When he came to the other side, to the territory of the Gadarenes, 21 two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him. They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, 22 Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding. 23
The demons pleaded with him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!” They came out and entered the swine, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away, and when they came to the town they reported everything, including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
1 [⇒ 8:1-⇒ 9:38] This narrative section of the second book of the gospel is composed of nine miracle stories, most of which are found in Mark, although Matthew does not follow the Marcan order and abbreviates the stories radically. The stories are arranged in three groups of three, each group followed by a section composed principally of sayings of Jesus about discipleship. ⇒ Matthew 9:35 is an almost verbatim repetition of ⇒ Matthew 4:23. Each speaks of Jesus’ teaching, preaching, and healing. The teaching and preaching form the content of Matthew 5-7; the healing, that of Matthew 8-9. Some scholars speak of a portrayal of Jesus as “Messiah of the Word” in Matthew 5-7 and “Messiah of the Deed” in Matthew 8-9. That is accurate so far as it goes, but there is also a strong emphasis on discipleship in Matthew 8-9; these chapters have not only christological but ecclesiological import.
2  A leper: see the note on ⇒ Mark 1:40.
3  Cf ⇒ Lev 14:2-9. That will be proof for them: the Greek can also mean “that will be proof against them.” It is not clear whether them refers to the priests or the people.
4 [5-13] This story comes from Q (see ⇒ Luke 7:1-10) and is also reflected in ⇒ John 4:46-54. The similarity between the Q story and the Johannine is due to a common oral tradition, not to a common literary source. As in the later story of the daughter of the Canaanite woman (⇒ Matthew 15:21-28) Jesus here breaks with his usual procedure of ministering only to Israelites and anticipates the mission to the Gentiles.
5  A centurion: a military officer commanding a hundred men. He was probably in the service of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee; see the note on ⇒ Matthew 14:1.
6 [8-9] Acquainted by his position with the force of a command, the centurion expresses faith in the power of Jesus’ mere word.
7  In no one in Israel: there is good textual attestation (e.g., Codex Sinaiticus) for a reading identical with that of ⇒ Luke 7:9, “not even in Israel.” But that seems to be due to a harmonization of Matthew with Luke.
8 [11-12] Matthew inserts into the story a Q saying (see ⇒ Luke 13:28-29) about the entrance of Gentiles into the kingdom and the exclusion of those Israelites who, though descended from the patriarchs and members of the chosen nation (the children of the kingdom), refused to believe in Jesus. There will be wailing and grinding of teeth: the first occurrence of a phrase used frequently in this gospel to describe final condemnation (⇒ Matthew 13:42, ⇒ 50; ⇒ 22:13; ⇒ 24:51; ⇒ 25:30). It is found elsewhere in the New Testament only in ⇒ Luke 13:28.
9 [14-15] Cf ⇒ Mark 1:29-31. Unlike Mark, Matthew has no implied request by others for the woman’s cure. Jesus acts on his own initiative, and the cured woman rises and waits not on “them” (⇒ Mark 1:31) but on him.
10  By a word: a Matthean addition to ⇒ Mark 1:34; cf ⇒ 8:8.
11  This fulfillment citation from ⇒ Isaiah 53:4 follows the MT, not the LXX. The prophet speaks of the Servant of the Lord who suffers vicariously for the sins (“infirmities”) of others; Matthew takes the infirmities as physical afflictions.
12 [18-22] This passage between the first and second series of miracles about following Jesus is taken from Q (see ⇒ Luke 9:57-62). The third of the three sayings found in the source is absent from Matthew.
13  The other side: i.e., of the Sea of Galilee.
14  Teacher: for Matthew, this designation of Jesus is true, for he has Jesus using it of himself (⇒ Matthew 10:24, ⇒ 25; ⇒ 23:8; ⇒ 26:18), yet when it is used of him by others they are either his opponents (⇒ Matthew 9:11; ⇒ 12:38; ⇒ 17:24; ⇒ 22:16, ⇒ 24, ⇒ 36) or, as here and in ⇒ Matthew 19:16, well-disposed persons who cannot see more deeply. Thus it reveals an inadequate recognition of who Jesus is.
15  Son of Man: see the note on ⇒ Mark 8:31. This is the first occurrence in Matthew of a term that appears in the New Testament only in sayings of Jesus, except for ⇒ Acts 7:56 and possibly ⇒ Matthew 9:6 (⇒ Mark 2:10; ⇒ Luke 5:24). In Matthew it refers to Jesus in his ministry (seven times, as here), in his passion and resurrection (nine times, e.g., ⇒ Matthew 17:22), and in his glorious coming at the end of the age (thirteen times, e.g., ⇒ Matthew 24:30).
16  Let the dead bury their dead: the demand of Jesus overrides what both the Jewish and the Hellenistic world regarded as a filial obligation of the highest importance. See the note on ⇒ Luke 9:60.
17  His disciples followed him: the first miracle in the second group (⇒ Matthew 8:23-⇒ 9:8) is introduced by a verse that links it with the preceding sayings by the catchword “follow.” In Mark the initiative in entering the boat is taken by the disciples (⇒ Mark 4:35-41); here, Jesus enters first and the disciples follow.
18  Storm: literally, “earthquake,” a word commonly used in apocalyptic literature for the shaking of the old world when God brings in his kingdom. All the synoptics use it in depicting the events preceding the parousia of the Son of Man (⇒ Matthew 24:7; ⇒ Mark 13:8; ⇒ Luke 21:11). Matthew has introduced it here and in his account of the death and resurrection of Jesus (⇒ Matthew 27:51-54; ⇒ 28:2).
19  The reverent plea of the disciples contrasts sharply with their reproach of Jesus in ⇒ Mark 4:38.
20  You of little faith: see the note on ⇒ Matthew 6:30. Great calm: Jesus’ calming the sea may be meant to recall the Old Testament theme of God’s control over the chaotic waters (⇒ Psalm 65:8; ⇒ 89:10; ⇒ 93:3-4; ⇒ 107:29).
21  Gadarenes: this is the reading of Codex Vaticanus, supported by other important textual witnesses. The original reading of Codex Sinaiticus was Gazarenes, later changed to Gergesenes, and a few versions have Gerasenes. Each of these readings points to a different territory connected, respectively, with the cities Gadara, Gergesa, and Gerasa (modern Jerash). There is the same confusion of readings in the parallel texts, ⇒ Mark 5:1 and ⇒ Luke 8:26; there the best reading seems to be “Gerasenes,” whereas “Gadarenes” is probably the original reading in Matthew. The town of Gadara was about five miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee, and Josephus (Life 9:42) refers to it as possessing territory that lay on that sea. Two demoniacs: Mark (5:1-20) has one.
22  What have you to do with us?: see the note on ⇒ John 2:4. Before the appointed time: the notion that evil spirits were allowed by God to afflict human beings until the time of the final judgment is found in Enoch 16:1 and Jubilees 10:7-10.
23  The tending of pigs, animals considered unclean by Mosaic law (⇒ Lev 11:6-7), indicates that the population was Gentile.
The Bible – New Testament Saint Matthew Index 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Chapter 24 1 1 Jesus left the temple area and was going away, when his disciples approached him to point out the temple buildings. 2 2 He said to them in… Continue reading Saint Matthew – Chapter 24
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WORD OF THE DAY
First Sunday of Advent
READING OF THE DAY
First reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah
This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!
Second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light;
let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,
not in orgies and drunkenness,
not in promiscuity and lust,
not in rivalry and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.
GOSPEL OF THE DAY
From the Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
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