THE PASSION according to S. Marke in these two chapters, is the Ghospel at Masse vpon Tuesday in the Holy weeke. Iudas by occasion of Marie Magdalens ointment, doth fel him to the Councel of the Iewes. 12. After the Paschal lambe he giueth them the bread of life (Io. 6.) in a mystical Sacrifice or separation of his bodie and bloud. 27. and that night, is after his prayer, 43. taken of the Iewes men, Iudas being their Captaine: is forsaken of the other eleuen for feare: 53. is falsely accused, and impiously condemned of the Iewes Councel: 65. and shamefully abused of them: 66. and thrise denied of Peter: Al euen as the Scriptures and himself had often foretold. 1. TENEBRE
wenesday. Mat. 26,1.
Luke 2,1. AND the Pasche was, and the Azymes after two daies: and the cheefe Priests and the Scribes sought how they might be some wile lay hands on him, and kil him.
2. But they said: Not on the festiual day, lest there might be a tumult of the people.
3. And Mat. 26,6.
Iohn 12,3. when he was at Bethania in the house of Simon the Leper, and sate at meate, there came a woman hauing an alabaster boxe of ointment, of pretious spike-narde; and breaking the alabaster-boxe, she powred it out vpon his head.
4. But there were certaine that had indignation within them selues, and said: Whereto is This wast.
Cost religiously bestowed vpon Christ & his Church.
Religious offices done to Christ for signification, deuotion, or honour sake, both then in his life, and now in the Holy Sacrament, be of some (vnder pretence of better bestowing such things vpon the poore) condemned vniustly. this wast of the ointment made?
5. For this ointment might haue been sold for more then three hundred pence, and giuen to the poore. And they murmured against her.
6. But Iesvs said: Let her alone.
Christ answereth for the deuout woman, and for defence of her fact, as we must answer against the ignorant and il men, when they blame good men for giuing their goods to the Church. Let her alone, who doe you molest her? she hath wrought a good worke vpon me.
7. For the poore you haue alwaies with you; and when you wil, you may doe them good; but We haue not Christ here needing our almes, as when he conuersed vpon the earth. See Mat. 26,11. me you haue not alwaies.
8. That which she had, she hath done; she hath preuented to anoint my body to the burial.
9. Amen I say to you, wheresoeuer this Ghospel shal be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shal be told for a memorie of her.
10. And Mat. 26,17.
Luke 22,7. Iudas Iscariote one of the Twelue went his way to the cheefe Priests, for to betray him to them.
11. Who hearing were glad; and they promised him that they would giue him money. And he sought how he might betray him conueniently.
Thursday. And Mat. 26,17.
Luke 22,7. the first day of the Azymes when they sacrificed the Pasche, the Disciples say to him: Whither wilt thou that we goe, and prepare for thee to eate the Pasche?
13. And he sendeth two of his Disciples, and saith to them: Goe ye into the citie; and there shal meet you a man carying a pitcher of water, folow him;
14. and whithersoeuer he entreth, say to the Maister of the house, that the Maister saith, where is my refectorie, where I may eate the Pasche with my Disciples?
15. And he wil shew you a great chamber, adorned; and there prepare for vs.
16. And his Disciples went their waies, and came into the citie; and they found as he had told them, and they prepared the Pasche.
17. And Iohn 13,2. when euen was come, he commeth with the Twelue.
18. And when they were sitting at the table and eating, Iesvs said: Amen I say to you, that one of you shal betray me, he that eateth with me.
19. But they began to be sad, and to say to him seuerally, Is it I?
20. Who said to them: One of the Twelue, he that dippeth with me his hand in the dish.
21. And the Sonne of man in deed goeth, Psa. 40,10. as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Sonne of man shal be betrayed. It were good for him, if that man had not been borne.
22. And Mat. 26,26.
1. Corinth. 11,24. whiles they were eating, Iesvs tooke Bread.
The real presence by Consecration.
This is bread before the Sacramental wordes, but the Consecration once done, of bread is made the flesh of Christ. Ambros. li. 4 c. 4 de Sacramentis. bread: and blessing brake, and gaue to them, and said: Take, THIS IS MY My bodie, My bloud.
Faith necessarie in the B. Sacrament.
Whosoever beleeueth it not to be true that is said, he falleth from grace and saluation. Epiph. in Ancorato. Let vs euer giue credit to God, & neuer resist him, though the thing that he saith seeme neuer so absurd in our imagination, or farre passe al our sense and vnderstanding. For his words can not beguile vs, but our sense may easely be deceaued. Seing therfore that he said, This is my body, let vs neuer doubt of the matter. Chrysost ho. 83. in Mat. sub finem. BODY.
23. And taking the Chalice.
Very bloud vnder the forme of wine.
Wine and water is put into the Chalice, but is made bloud by Consecration of the heauenly Word: though to auoid the lothsomnesse which would be in the sight of bloud, thou receauest that which hath the likenes and resemblance thereof. Ambr. ibidem. chalice, giuing thankes he gaue to them. And they Al dranke, to wit, al the twelue; for more were not present. Whereby is euident that the words in S. Mat. (26, 27) Drinke ye al of this, were spoken to al the Apostles only, which here are said that they al did drinke. And so it is no general commandement to al men. al dranke of it.
24. And he said to them: THIS IS MY BLOVD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, THAT SHAL BE SHED FOR MANY.
25. Amen I say to you, that now I wil not drinke of the fruit See Annot. in Mat. c. 26,29. of the vine vntil that day when I shal drinke it new in the Kingdom of God.
26. And an hymne being said, they went forth into Mount-oliuet.
night. And Iesvs saith to them: You shal al be scandalized in me in this night; for it is written, Zac. 13,7. I wil strike the Pastour, & the sheepe shal be dispersed.
28. But after that I shal be risen againe, I wil goe before you into Galilee.
29. And Peter said to him: Although al shal be scandalized, yet not I.
30. And Iesvs saith to him: Amen I say to thee, that thou this day in this night, before the cock crow twise, shal thrise deny me.
31. But he spake more vehemently: Although I should die together with thee, I wil not denie thee. And in like manner also said they al.
32. And they come into a farme-place called Gethsemani. And he saith to his Disciples: Sit you here, vntil I pray.
33. And he taketh Peter and Iames and Iohn with him; and he began to feare and to be heauy.
34. And he saith to them: My soul is sorowful euen vnto death; stay here, and watch.
35. And when he was gone forward at litle, he fel flat vpon the ground; and he prayed that if it might be, the houre might passe from him;
36. and he said: Abba, Father, al things are possible to thee, transferre this chalice from me, but not that which I wil, but that which thou.
37. And he commeth, and findeth them sleeping. And he saith to Peter: Simon, sleepest thou? could thou not watch one houre?
38. Watch ye, and pray that you enter not into tentation. The spirit in deed is prompt, but the flesh infirme.
39. And going away againe, he prayed, saying the self same word.
40. And returning, againe he found them asleep (for their eyes were heauy) and they wist not what they should answer him.
41. And he commeth the third time, and saith to them: Sleep ye now, and take rest. It sufficeth: the houre is come; behold the Sonne of man shal be betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42. Arise, let vs goe. Behold, he that shal betray me, is at hand.
43. Mat. 26,47.
Iohn 18,3. And as he was yet speaking, commeth Iudas Iscariote one of the Twelue, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the cheefe Priests and the Scribes and the Ancients.
44. And the betrayer of him had giuen them a signe, saying: Whomsoeuer I shal kisse, it is he, lay hold on him, and lead him warily.
45. And when he was come, immediatly going to him, he saith: Rabbi, and he kissed him.
46. But they laid hands vpon him, and held him.
47. And one certaine man of the standers about drawing out a sword, smote the seruant of the cheefe Priest, and cut of his eare.
48. And Iesvs answering, said to them: As to a theefe you come out with swords and clubs to apprehend me?
49. I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not lay hands on me. But, that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.
50. Then his Disciples leauing him, al fled.
51. And a certaine yong man folowed him clothed with sindon vpon the bare; and they tooke him.
52. But he casting off the sindon, fled from them naked.
53. And they brought Iesvs to the cheefe Priest; and al the Priests and the Scribes and the Ancients assembled together.
54. And Peter folowed him a farre off euen in vnto the court of the high Priest; and he sate with the seruants at the fire, and warmed himself.
55. And the cheefe Priests and al the Councel sought testimonie against Iesvs, that they might put him to death, neither found they.
56. For many spake false witnes against him; and the testimonies were not conuenient.
57. And certaine rising vp, bare false witnes against him, saying:
58. That we heard him say, Iohn 2,19. I wil dissolue this temple made with hand, and in three daies wil I build an other not made with hand.
59. And their testimonie was not conuenient.
60. And the high Priest rising vp into the middes, asked Iesvs, saying: Answerest thou nothing to these things that are obiected to thee of these?
61. But he held his peace and answered nothing. Againe the high Priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou Christ the Sonne of the Blessed God?
62. And Iesvs saith to him: I am. And you shal see the Dan. 7,13. Sonne of man sitting on the right hand of power, and comming with the clouds of Heauen.
63. And the high Priest renting his garments, saith: What need we witnesses any further?
64. You haue heard blasphemie. How thinke you? Who al Here we may see that they, were worthily reprobated and forsaken, according to our Saviours prediction by the parable (Mar. 12) The kingdom of God shal be taken from you &c. condemned him to be guilty of death.
65. And certaine began to spit vpon him, and to couer his face, and to beat him with buffets, and to say vnto him, Prophecie; and the seruants gaue him blowes.
66. And when Peter was in the court beneath, there commeth one of the He feareth not afterward Rome the Lady of the world, that in the house of Caiphas was afraid of the high Priestes wench. Leo in Natiu. Pet. & Pau. ser. 1. woman-seruants of the high Priest.
67. And when she had seen Peter warming him self, beholding him she saith: And thou wast with Iesvs of Nazareth.
68. But he denied, saying: Neither know I, neither wot I what thou saiest. And he went forth before the court; and the cock crew.
69. And againe a wench seeing him, began to say to the standers about, That this fellow is of them.
70. But he denied againe. And after a while againe they that stood by, said to Peter: Verily thou art of them; for thou art also a Galilæan.
71. But He began to curse.
In this one Apostle Peter, the first and cheefe in the order of Apostles, in whom the Church was figured, both sortes were to be signified, to wit, the strong and the weake, because without both the Church is not. Aug. ser. 13 de verb. Do. Againe, Our Sauiour would shew by the example of the cheefe Apostle, that no man ought to presume of him self, when neither S. Peter could auoid the danger of mutability. Aug. tract. 66 in Euang. Jo. Leo Ser. 9. de Pass. Do. he began to curse and to sweare, That I know not this man whom you speake of. And immediatly the cock crew againe. And Peter remembred the word that Iesvs had said vnto him: Before the cock crow twise, thou shalt thrise deny me. And he began to weep.