Of compassion he feedeth the people, 4000 with seauen loaues. 10. After al which miracles as
though they were yet vnsufficient to proue him to be Christ, the obstinate Pharisees doe require
some miracle from Heauen. 13. Wherevpon forsaking them, he warneth his Disciples to beware of the
leauen of their doctrine, neither to feare want of necessaries. 22. He healeth a blind man by degrees
and with ceremonies. 27. Peter confesseth him (though men al this while had not learned so farre) to be
Christ. 31. And by and by he reuealeth to them his Passion, 32. rebuking also Peter for dissuading it,
34. and shewing that it is a thing wherein al that wil be saued (namely in time of persecution) must
The Ghospel vpon the 6. Sunday after Pentecost.
IN those daies againe when there was a great multitude, and had not what to eate:
calling his Disciples together, he saith to them:
2. I haue compassion vpon the multitude, because loe Great feruour and deuotion in the good People, & exceeding force in our Maisters preaching, that made them abide fasting so long to heare his diuine sermons. three daies they now endure with me, neither haue what to eate.
3. And if I dimisse them fasting into their home, they wil faint in the way; for some of them came farre off.
4. And his Disciples answered him: Whence may a man fil them here with bread in the wildernes?
5. And he asked them: How many loaues haue ye? Who said: Seauen.
6. And he commanded the multitude to sit downe vpon the ground. And taking the seauen loaues, giuing thankes he brake, and Gaue to his disciples.
He serueth the People not immediatly himself, but by the Apostles ministerie: to teach vs that we must receiue Christes Sacraments and doctrine, not at our owne hand, but of his Priests and our Pastours. gaue to is Disciples for to set before them, and they did set them before the multitude.
7. And they had a few litle fishes; and he Blessed them.
Blessing of creatures worketh an effect in them.
So is it in some ancient Greek copies, agreable to our Latin, and in S. Luke expresly in the common Greek text, *that he blessed the fiue loaues and the two fishes: which must be alwayes marked against the Heretikes, which denie this blessing to pertaine to the creatures, but feine it alwayes to be referred to God for thanks giuing. For if it were so, he would haue said grace but once for that whole refection: but he did seuerally blesse both the bread first, & afterward the fishes also, multiplying them by his said blessing (as **he did mankind and other creatures in the beginning by blessing them) and so working effectually some change or alteration in the very creatures them selues.
**Gen. 1,22. 28. blessed them, and commanded them to be set before them.
8. And they did eate and were filled, and they tooke vp that which was left of the fragments, seauen maundes.
9. And they that had eaten were about foure thousand: and he dimissed them.
10. And Mat. 15,39. 16,1. immediatly going vp into the boat with his Disciples, he came into the quarters of Dalmanutha.
11. And the Pharisees went forth, and began to question with him, asking of him a signe from Heauen, tempting him.
12. And groning in Spirit, he saith: Why doth this Generation aske a signe? Amen I say to you, If a signe shal be giuen to this Generation.
13. And leauing them, he went vp againe into the boat, and passed beyond the strait.
14. And they forgot to take bread: and they had but one loaf with them in the boat.
15. And he commanded them, saying: Looke wel and beware of the leauen of the Pharisees, and the leauen of Herod.
16. And they reasoned among them selues saying: Because we haue not bread.
17. Which Iesvs knowing, saith to them: Why doe you reason, because you haue not bread? doe you not yet know nor vnderstand? yet haue ye your hart blinded?
18. hauing eyes see you not? and hauing eares heare you not? Neither doe you remember?
19. When Mat. 6,38. I brake fiue loaues among fiue thousand; and how many baskets ful of fragments tooke you vp? They say to him, Twelue.
20. Mark 8,5. When also seauen loaues among foure thousand, how many maundes of fragments tooke you vp? And they say to him Seauen.
21. And he said to them: How doe you not yet vnderstand?
22. And they come to Bethsaida; and they bring to him one blind, and desired him that he would Our Sauiour vsed to worke much by touching, & by imposition of hands: that we may learne not to contemne the corporal and external application of holy things, nor to chalenge by the spirit & faith only, as Heretikes doe. touch him.
23. And taking the hand of the blind, he led him forth out of the towne; and spitting into his eyes, imposing his hands, he asked him if he saw any thing.
24. And looking vp, he said: I see men as it were trees, walking.
25. After that againe he imposed his hands vpon his eyes, and he began to see, and was restored, so that he saw al things clerely.
26. And he sent him into his house, saying: Goe into thy house; and if thou enter into the towne, tel no body.
27. And Mat. 16,13.
Luke 9,18. Iesvs went forth and his Disciples into the townes of Cæsaréa-Philippi; and in the way he asked his Disciples, saying to them: Whom doe men say that I am?
28. Who answered him, saying: Iohn the Baptist, some Elias, & other some as it were one of the Prophets.
29. Then he saith to them: But whom doe you say that I am? Peter answering said to him: Thou art Christ.
30. And he threatned them that they should not tel any man of him.
31. And he began to teach them, that the Sonne of man must suffer many things, and be reiected of the Ancients and of the high Priests & the Scribes, and be killed: and after three daies rise againe.
32. And he spake the Word openly. And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him.
33. Who turning, and seeing his Disciples, threatned Peter, saying: Goe behind me Satan, because thou fauourest not the things that are of God, but that are of men.
34. And calling the multitude together with his Disciples, he said to them: If any man wil folow me, let him deny himself, and take vp his crosse, and folow me.
35. For he that wil saue his life, shal lose it; and he that shal lose his life For me and the Ghospel.
What is to suffer for the Ghospel.
By the Ghospel is signified, not only the foure Euangelists, but al Scriptures, and whatsoeuer Christ said that is not in Scripture; for he saith in this very place: *He that shal be ashamed of my wordes, the Sonne of man wil be ashamed of him &c. Neither his owne wordes only, but whatsoeuer the Apostles taught in word or writing; for our Sauiour saith: He that despiseth you, despiseth me. For defense of any of al these, and of euery Article of the Catholike faith, we ought to die, and this is to lose our life for Christ and his Ghospel.
*Luke 9. for me and the Ghospel, shal saue it.
36. For what shal it profit a man, if he Gaine the whole world.
Doing against our owne conscience.
Let such note this, that for feare or flattery of the world condescend to obey the vniust lawes of men touching religion, against their owne consciences: and be content for the rest of a few daies of this life, and for sauing their temporal goods, to lose their soule and the ioyes of heauen. gaine the whole world, & suffer damage of his soule?
37. Or what permutation shal a man giue for his soule?
38. For he that shal be ashamed of me, and of my wordes in this aduouterous and sinful Generation, the Sonne of man also wil be ashamed of him, when he shal come in the glorie of his Father with the holy Angels.