The more to confirme them, he giueth them in his transfiguration a sight of his glorie,
wherevnto suffering doth bring, 9. and then againe doth inculcate his Passion. 14. A Diuel
also he casteth out, which his Disciples (vpon whom therefore the peruerse Scribes triumphed in
his absence) could not, for lack of fasting and praying. 30. Being yet in Galilee, he reuealeth
more about his Passion. 33. And (because in the way to Capharnaum they contended for the Primacie)
he teacheth them that humility is the way to Primacie before God: 38. bidding them also, not to prohibit
such as be not against them: nor to giue scandal to any one of the faithful: and on the other side, the
faithful to auoid them by whom they may be scandalized and fal, be they neuer so neere vnto them.
Mat. 16,27. 17,1.
Luke 29,7. AND he said to them: Amen I say to you, that there be some of them that stand here, which shal not tast of death, vntil they see the Kingdom of God comming in power.
2. See the Annotations vpon the 17. of S. Matthew. And after six daies Iesvs taketh Peter and Iames and Iohn, and bringeth them alone into a high mountaine apart, and was transfigured before them.
3. And his garments were made glistering and white exceedingly as snow, the like wherof a fuller can not make white vpon the earth.
4. And there appeared to them The law and the Prophets ioyne with Christ and his Ghospel: the one signified by Moyses, the other by Elias. By whose apparitions here we also learne that sometime there may be personal entercourse betwixt the liuing & the dead, though not ordinarily. Elias Elias with Moyses.
Moyses representeth the Persons of al Saints that shal be departed this life when Christ commeth in his Maiestie to iudgement: And Elias (who was then liuing) figureth the holy men that shal then be found aliue when he commeth in glorie. Who both shal then begin to reigne which Christ in glorie. Beda in 9. Marc. with Moyses; and they were talking with Iesvs.
5. And Peter answering, said to Iesvs: Rabbi, it is good for vs to be here; and let vs make three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moyses, and one for Elias.
6. For he knew not what he said; for they were frighted with feare:
7. And there was a cloud ouershadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my Sonne most deare: heare ye him.
8. And immediatly looking about, they saw no man any more but Iesvs only with them.
9. And as they descended from the mountaine, he commanded them that they should not tel any man what things they had seene, but when the Sonne of man shal be risen againe from the dead.
10. And they kept in the word with them selues; questioning together what that should be, when he shal be risen from the dead.
11. The Ghospel vpon wenesday in the Imber weeke of September. And they asked him, saying: What say the Pharisees then and the Scribes, that Mal. 4,5. Elias must come first?
12. Who answering said to them: Elias when he commeth first, shal restore al things: and 'as' how it is written of the Sonne of man, that he shal suffer many things and be contemned.
13. But I say to you that Elias also is come.
Elias and Iohn Baptist Eremites.
Elias was Zelous for Gods Law, a great reprehender of sinne, and an Eremite, and shal be the Precursour of Christ in his second Aduent: So was Iohn before his first Aduent, a Zelatour, a Corrector, an Eremite, and his Precursour. heod. in Caten. Thomæ super hunc locum. See S. Hierom in the life of Paul the Eremite, that both Elias and Iohn Baptist were counted principal professours of that life. Elias also is come (and they haue done to him whatsoeuer they would) as it is written of him.
14. And Mat. 17,14.
Luke 9,37. comming to his Disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the Scribes questioning with them.
15. And forthwith al the People seeing Iesvs, was astonished, and much afraid: and running to him, saluted him.
16. And he asked them, what doe you question of among you?
17. And one of the multitude answering, said: Maister, I haue brought me sonne to thee, hauing a dumme Spirit,
18. Who, wheresoeuer he taketh him, dasheth him, and he fometh, and gnasheth with the teeth, and withereth: and I spake to thy Disciples to cast him out, and they could not.
19. Who answering them, said: O incredulous Generation, how long shal I be with you? how long shal I suffer you? bring him vnto me.
20. And they brought him. And when he had seen him, immediatly the Spirit troubled him; and being throwen vpon the ground, he tumbled foming.
21. And he asked his father: How long time is it since this hath chanced vnto him? But he said: From his infancie:
22. And oftentimes hath he cast him into fire and into waters, to destroy him. But if thou canst any thing, help vs, hauing compassion on vs.
23. And Iesus said to him: If thou canst beleeue, al things are possible to him that beleeueth.
24. And incontinent the father of the boy crying out, with teares said: I doe beleeue Lord; help my incredulity.
25. And when Iesvs saw the People running together, he threatned the vncleane Spirit, saying to him: Deafe and dumme Spirit, I command thee, goe out of him, and enter not any more into him.
26. And crying out, and greatly tearing him, he went out of him, and be became as dead, so that many said, that he is dead.
27. But Iesvs holding his hand, lifted him vp; and he rose.
28. And when he was entred into the house, his Disciples secretly asked him, why could not we cast him out?
29. And he said to them: This kind can goe out by nothing but Note the great force of prayer, and fasting. by prayer and fasting.
30. And departing thence they passed by Galilee, neither would he that any man should know.
31. And he taught his Disciples, and said to them: That the Sonne of man shal be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shal kil him, and being killed the third day he shal rise againe.
32. But they knew not the word: and they were afraid to aske him.
33. And Mat. 18,1.
Luke 9,46. they came to Capharnaum. Who, when he was in the house, asked them, what did you treat of in the way?
34. But they held their peace, for in the way they had disputed among them selues, which of them should be the greater.
35. And sitting downe, he called the Twelue, and saith to them: If any man wil be first, he shal be last of al, and the minister of al.
36. And taking a child, he felt him in the middes of them. Whom when he had embraced, he said to them:
37. Whosoeuer shal receaue one of such children in my name, receaueth me. And Whosoeuer shal receaue me, receaueth not me, but him that sent me.
38. Luke 9,49. Iohn answered him, saying: Maister we saw one casting out Diuels In thy name.
The name of Iesus worketh miracles.
Miracles are wrought sometime by the name of Iesus, whatsoeuer the men be, when it is for the proofe of a truth or for the glorie of God. In so much that Iulian the Apostata himselfe did driue away Diuels with the signe of the Crosse: as S. Gregorie Nazianzene writeth Orat. 1 in Iulian. Theodoret. l. 3 c. 3 hist. And so also Heretikes may doe miracles among the Heathen, to proue any article of the Christian faith; but they neuer did nor euer shal worke any miracle to proue any of their erroneous opinions; as, to proue that Christ is not really in the B. Sacrament. in thy name, who foloweth not vs, and we prohibited him.
39. But Iesvs said: Doe not prohibit him. For there is no man that doth a miracle in my name, and can soone speake il of me.
40. For he that is not against you, is for you.
41. For whosoeuer shal giue you to drinke a cup of water in my name, because you are Christs; amen I say to you, he shal not lose his Reward for almes-deeds, whereby it is euident they be meritorious. reward.
42. And whosoeuer shal To giue scandal by our life to the weake in faith, is a great sinne, specially in Prests Preachers, & Princes. scandalize one of these litle ones beleeuing in me; it is good for him rather if a milstone were put about his necke, and he were cast into the sea.
43. And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off. It is good for thee to enter into life, maimed, then hauing two hands to goe into Hel, into the fire vnquencheable,
44. where their worme dieth not, and the fire quencheth not.
45. And if thy foot scandalize thee, chop it off. It is good for thee to enter into life euerlasting, lame, rather then hauing two feet, to be cast into the Hel of vnquencheable fire,
46. where their worme dieth not, and the fire quencheth not.
47. And if thine eye scandalize thee, cast it out. It is good for thee with one eye to enter into the Kingdom of God, rather then hauing two eyes, to be cast into the Hel of fire,
48. where their worme dieth not, and the fire quencheth not.
49. For euery one shal be salted with fire: and Leu. 2,13. euery victime shal be salted with salt.
50. Salt is good. But if the salt shal be vnseasoned; wherwith wil you season it? Haue salt in you, and haue peace among you.