He threatned the Iewes to be soone forsaken vnles they doe pennance, 10. and confoundeth
them for maligning him for his miraculous good-doing on the Sabboths. 18. but his Kingdom
(the Church) as contemptible as it seemeth to them now in the beginning, shal spread ouer al the
world, 20. and conuert al, 23. and what an hart-sore it shal be to them at the last day to see them
selues excluded from the glorie of this Kingdom, and the Gentils admitted in their place. 31. He
foretelleth that it is not Galilee that he feareth, but that obstinate & reprobate Hierusalem wil needes
murder him, as also his messenger afore and after him.
1. AND there were certaine present at that very time telling him of the Galilæans, whose bloud Pilate mingled with their sacrifices.
2. And he answering said to them: Thinke you that These Galilæans.
Some punished for example.
It is Gods mercie that he straight punisheth not al offenders, but some few for a warning to al: as that for Schisme he striketh not al such as haue forsaken the Church and the lawful Priests, *as he did Core and his complices: that for spoile of Churches he reuengeth not al, **as he did Heliodorus: and al that vow and reuoke their guifts to God, ***as Ananias and Sapphira. Some few therfore for their iust deserts, be so handled for example, to prouoke al others guilty of the same crimes to doe penance. Which if they doe not in this life, they shal al assuredly perish in the next world. Optatus li. 1 cont. Parmen, sub finem.
**2. Mac. 3.
***Act. 5 these Galilæans were sinners more then al the Galilæans, that they suffred such things?
3. No, I say to you: but vnles you Nisi pœnitentiam habueritis,
Or as it is vttered in other places, doe pennance, which in the new Testament signifieth perfect repentance. See Annot. S. Mat. 3,2. 11,21. haue pennance, you shal al likewise perish.
4. As those eighteene vpon whom the toure fel in Siloe, and slew them: thinke you that they also were debters aboue al the men that dwel in Hierusalem?
5. No, I say to you: but if you haue not pennance you shal al likewise perish.
6. The Ghospel vpon the Imber Saturday in Sept. And he said this similitude: A certaine man had a The figtree with only leaues and no fruit is the Iewes Synagogue, and euery other people or Person which hath faith and faire wordes, and no good workes. figtree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking for fruit on it, and found not.
7. And he said to the dresser of the vineyard, Loe it is three yeares since I come seeking for fruit vpon this figtree, and I find not. Cut it downe therfore; whereto doth it also occupie the ground?
8. But he answering said to him: Lord, let it alone this yeare also, vntil I digge about it, and dung it.
9. And if happily it yeald fruit: but if not, hereafter thou shalt cut it downe.
10. And he was teaching in their Synagogue on the Sabboths.
11. And behold a woman that had a spirit of infirmitie eighteene yeares: and she was crooked, neither could she looke vpward at al.
12. Whom when Iesvs saw, he called her vnto him, and said to her: Woman, thou art deliuered from thy infirmitie.
13. And he imposed hands vpon her, and forthwith she was made straight and glorified God.
14. And the Archsynagogue answering (because he had indignation the Iesvs had cured on the Sabboth) said to the multitude: Six daies there are wherein you ought to worke. In them therfore come, and be cured; and not in the Sabboth day.
15. And our Lord answering to him, said: Hypocrite, doth not euery one of you vpon the Sabboth loose his oxe of his asse from the manger, and leadeth them to water?
16. But This daughter.
Diseases not natural.
We may see that many diseases which seeme natural, doe proceed of the Diuel by Gods permission, either for sinne, or for probation: and both those kindes Christ specially cured, for that no natural medicins could cure them, and specially because he came to dissolue the workes of Satan both in body and soul. this daughter of Abraham whom Satan hath bound on the Sabboth day?
17. And when he said these things, al his aduersaries were ashamed: and al the people reioyced in al things that were gloriously done of him.
18. He said therfore: Mat. 13,31.
Mark 3,30. Whereunto is the Kingdom of God like, and whereunto shal I esteeme it like?
19. It is like to a See Annota. Matth. 13,31. mustard seed, which a man tooke and cast into his garden and it grew, and became a great tree, & the soules of the aire rested in the boughes therof.
20. And againe he said: Mat. 13,33. Like to what shal I esteeme the Kingdom of God?
21. It is like to leauen, which a woman tooke and hid in three measures of meale, til the whole was leauened.
22. And he went by the cities and townes teaching, and making his iourney vnto Hierusalem.
23. And a certaine man said to him: Lord, be they few that are saued? Mat. 7,13. But he said to them:
24. Christians in their liues must seeke the strait way, but in religion the ancient common way. Striue to enter By the narrow.
Our Lord is not contrarie to himself in that he answereth, the gate to be straite, and few to be saued, whereas els where he said, that many should come from the East and West &c. and ioy with Abraham in the Kingdom of Heauen. Mat. 8,11. For though they be few in respect of the wicked of al sortes, yet they be many in them selues and in the societie of Angels. The wheate cornes are scarse seen at the threshing, when they are medled with the chaffe; but when the il are remoued, the whole barne of Heauen shal be filled. So saith S. Aug. Ser. 32 de verbis Do. by the narrow gate: because many, I say to you, Shal seeke.
Many would be saued and looke to be saued, but can not, because they wil not take paines to enter in at so straite a passage, that is to say, to fast much, pray often, doe great penance for their sinnes, liue in holy Churches discipline, abstaine from the pleasures of this world, and suffer persecution and losse of their goods and liues for Christes sake. shal seeke to enter, and shal not be able.
25. But when the good-man of the house shal enter in, and shut the doore, and you shal begin to stand without, and knocke at the doore, saying, Lord open to vs: and he answering shal say to you, I know you not whence you are:
26. then you shal begin to say: We did Eate before thee.
It is not enough to feed with Christ in his Sacraments, or to heare his word in the Church, to chalenge Heauen thereby, unlesse we liue in vnitie of the Catholike Church. *So S. Augustine applieth this against the Donatistes, that had the very same seruice and Sacraments which the Catholike Church had, but yet seuered them selues from other Christian countries by Schisme.
*Con. lit. Petit. li. 2. c. 55. eate before thee and drinke, and in our streetes didst thou teach.
27. And he shal say to you, I know you not whence you are, depart from me al ye workers of iniquitie.
28. There shal be weeping and gnashing of teeth: when you shal see Abraham and Isaac Iacob, and al the Prophets in the Kingdom of God, and you to be thrust out.
29. And there shal come from the East and West & the North and the South; and shal sit downe in the Kingdom of God.
30. And behold, they are last The Gentils comming into Gods fauour later, are preferred before the Iewes which were first. that shal be first, and they be first that shal be last.
31. The same day there came certaine of the Pharisees, saying to him: Depart and get thee hence, because Herod wil kil thee.
32. And he said to them: Goe, and tel that foxe, Behold I cast out Diuels, and perfit cures this say and to morrow, and the third day I am consummate.
33. But yet I must walke this day and to morrow and the day following, because it Non capit
ὸυκ ἐνδέχεται cannot be that a Prophet perish out of Hierusalem.
34. Mat. 23,37. Hierusalem, Hierusalem which killest the Prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I gather thy children as the bird doth her brood vnder her wings, and The Iewes lost their preeminence, by their own free wil, and not by Gods causing: who created not to cal and crie upon them, and they would not heare: whereby free wil is plainly proued. thou wouldest not?
35. Behold your house shal be left desert to you. And I say to you, that you shal not see me til it come when you shal say: Blessed is he that commeth in the name of our Lord.