The blindnes of the Pharisees about the Sabboth he reproueth by Scriptures, by reason, and by
a miracle. 14. and his death being thefore sought by them, he meekely goeth out of the way,
according as Esay had Prophecied of him. 22. His casting out of Diuels also he defendeth against
them. 31. and setteth forth the danger they stand in for their horrible blasphemie. 38. And because
they aske yet for a signe, he sheweth how worthily they shal be damned. 43. foretelling how the Diuel
shal possesse their Nation, 66. and testifying that although he be of their bloud, yet not they for
this, but such as keepe his commandements, are deare vnto him.
1. AT that time Mark 2,23.
Luke 6,1. Iesvs went through the corne on the Sabboth: and his Disciples being hungrie, began to pluck the eares, and to eate.
2. And the Parisees seeing them, said to him: Loe, thy Disciples doe that which is not lawful for them to doe on the Sabboth-dayes.
3. But he said to them: Haue you not read what 1 King. 21,4. Dauid did when he was an hungred, and they that were with him:
4. how he entred into the house of God, and did eate the loaues of proposition, which is was not lawful for him to eate, nor dor them that were with him, Leu. 24,9.
Num. 28,9. but for Priestes only?
5. Or haue ye not read in the Law, that on Sabboth-dayes the Priestes in the temple do breake the Sabboth, & are without blame?
6. But I tel you that there is here a greater then the temple
7. And if you did know what it is, Ose. 6,6. I wil mercie, and not See the annotation chap. 9,13. Sacrifice: you would neuer haue condemned the innocentes.
8. For the Sonne of man is Lord of the Sabboth also.
9. And when he had passed from thence, he came into their Synagogue.
10. And Mark 3,1
Luke 6,6. behold there was a man which has a withered hand, and they asked him saying: Whether is it lawful to cure on the Sabboths? that they might accuse him.
11. But he said to them: What man shal there be of you, that shal haue one sheep: and if the same fal into a ditch on the Sabboths, wil he not take hold and lift it vp?
12. How much better is a man more then a sheep? Therfore it is lawful on the Sabboths to doe a good deed.
13. Then he saith to the man: Stretch forth thy hand, and he stretched it forth, and it was restored to health euen as the other.
14. And the Parisees going forth made a consultation against him, how they might destroy him.
15. But Iesvs knowing it, retired from thence: and many folowed him, and he cured them al.
16. and he charged them that they should not disclose him.
17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esay the Prophet, saying:
18. Isai. 42,1. Behold my seruant whom I haue chosen, my beloued in whom my soul hath wel liked. I wil put my spirit vpon him, and iudgement to the Gentiles shal he shew.
19. He shal not contend, nor crie out, neither shal any man heare in the streetes his voyce.
20. The reede bruised he shal not breake, & smoking flaxe he shal not extinguish: til he cast forth iudgement vnto victorie.
21. And in his name the Gentiles shal hope.
22. Then Luke 11,14.
Mark 3,2. was offered to him one possessed with a Diuel, blind and dumme: and he cured him, so that he spake and saw.
23. And al the multitudes were amased, and said: Whether this be the Sonne of Dauid?
24. But the Pharisees hearing it, sayd: This fellow casteth not out Diuels but in In Beelzebub.
The like blasphemie against the Holy Ghost is, to attribute the miracles done by Saints either dead or aliue, to the Diuel. Beelzebub the Prince of the Diuels.
25. And Iesvs knowing their cogitations, said to them: Therfore the Kingdom of Heretikes can not possibly stand, because it is alwayes ful of diuision and dissension. Euery Kingdom deuided against itself shal be made desolate: and euery citie or house deuided against itself, shal not stand.
26. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is deuided against himself: how then shal his Kingdom stand?
27. And if I in Beelzebub cast out Diuels, your children in whom do they cast out? Therfore they shal be your iudges.
28. But if I in the Spirit of God do cast out Diuels, then is the Kingdom of God come vpon you.
29. Or how can a man enter into the house of the strong, and rifle his vessel, vnles he first binde the strong? and then he wil rifle his house.
30. He that is Not with me.
Neuters in religion.
They that are indifferent to al religions, commonly and fitly caled Neuters, ioyning them selues to neither part, let them marke these words wel, and they shal see, that Christ accounted al them to be against him & his Church, that are not planly and flatly with him and it. not with me, is against me: and he that Gathereth not with me.
He speaketh not only of his owne Person, but of al to whom he hath committed the gouernment of his Church, and specially of the chiefe pastours succeeding Peter in the gouernment of the whole; as S. Hierome writing to Damasus Pope of Rome, applieth these words vnto him, saying of al Heretikes: *He that gathereth not with thee, scattereth: that is to say, He that is not with Christ, is with Antichrist.
Ep. 58. gathereth not with me, scattereth.
31. Therfore I say to you: Euery sinne and blasphemie shal be forgiuen men, but The blasphemie of the Spirit.
He meaneth not that there is any sinne so great, which God wil not forgiue, or whereof a man may not repent in this life, as some Heretikes at this day affirme: but that some heinous sinnes (as namely this blasphemie of the Iewes against the euident workes of the Holy Ghost, and likewise Archeheretikes who wilfully resist the known truth & workes of the Holy Ghost in Gods Church) are hardly forgiuen, & seldom haue such men grace to repent.
Otherwise among al the sinnes against the Holy Ghost (which are commonly reckned six) one only shal neuer be forgiuen, that is, dying without repentance wilfully, called Final impenitence; which sinne he committeth that dieth with contempt of the Sacrament of Penance, obstinatly refusing absolution, by the Churches ministerie: as S. Augustine plainly declareth in these wordes:
Remission of sinnes in the Church.
Whosoeuer he be that beleeueth not mans sinnes to be remitted in Gods Church, and therfore despiseth the bountifulnes of God in so mighty a work, if he in that obstinat mind continue til his liues end, he is guilty of sinne against the Holy Ghost, in which Holy Ghost Christ remitteth sinnes. Enchir. 83 Ep. 50 in fine. the blasphemie of the Spirit shal not be forgiuen.
32. And whosoeuer shal speake a word against the Sonne of man.
The Iewes in their wordes sinned against the Sonne of man, when they reprehended those things which he did as a man, to wit, caling him a glutton, a great drinker of wine, a frend of the Publicans, a Samaritane, and taking offense because he kept company with sinnes, brake the Sabboth, and such like: and this sinne might more easely be forgiuen them, because they iudged of him as they would haue done, of any other man: but they sinned and blasphemed against the Holy Ghost (called here the finger of God whereby he wrought miracles) when of malice they attributed the euident workes of God in casting out Diuels, to the Diuel himself: & this sinne shal not be remitted, because it shal hardly be remitted, as we see by the plague of their posteritie vntil this day. Sonne of man, it shal be forgiuen him: but he that shal speake against the Holie-Ghost, it shal not be forgiuen him neither in this world, Nor in the world to come.
S. Augustine & other Holy Doctours gather herevpon, that some sinnes may be remitted in the next life, & consequently proue Purgatorie thereby. De Civit. Dei li. 21, c. 13 D. Gregor. Dial. li. 4 c. 39. nor in the world to come.
33. Either It is a mans owne free wil & election, to be a good tree or an il tree: to bring forth good fruits or bad. S. Augustine vpon this place. li. 2 c. 4 de actis cum Felic. Manichæo. make the tree good, and his fruit good: or make the tree euil, and his fruit euil. For of the fruit the tree is knowen.
34. You vipers broods, how can you speake good things, whereas you are euil? for of the aboundance of the hart the mouth speaketh.
35. A good man out of a good treasure bringeth forth good things: and an euil man out of an euil treaure bringeth forth euil things.
36. But I say vnto you, that euery Idle world. If of euery idle word we must make account before God in iudgement, and yet shal not for euery such word be damned euerlastingly: then there must needs be some temporal punishment in the next life. idle word that men shal speake, they shal render an account for it in the day of iudgement.
37. For of thy wordes thou shalt be iustified, and of thy wordes thou shalt be condemned.
38. The Ghospel vpon Imber wenesday, the first weeke of Lent. Then answered him certaine of the Scribes and Pharisees, saying: Maister, we would see a signe from thee.
39. Who answered, and said to them: The wicked and aduouterous Generation seeketh a signe: and a signe shal not be giuen it, but the signe of Ionas the Prophet.
40. For as Ion. 2,2. Ionas was in the whales belly three dayes and three nightes; so shal the Sonne of man be in the hart of the earth three dayes and three nightes.
41. The men of Niniuee shal rise in the iudgement with this Generation, and shal condemne it: because Ion. 3,5. they did pennance at the preaching of Ionas. And behold more then Ionas here.
42. 3 King. 10,1.
The Queen of the South shal rise in the iudgement with this Generation, and shal condemne it: because she came from the ends of the earth to heare the wisedom of Salomon, and behold more then Salomon here.
43. And Luke 11,24. when an vncleane Spirit shal goe out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth not.
44. Then he saith: I wil returne into my house whence I came out. And coming he findeth it vacant, swept with besoms, and trimmed.
45. Then goeth he, and taketh with him seauen other Spirits more wicked then himself, and they enter in and dwel there: and 2 Pet. 2,20. the last of that man be made worse then the first. So shal it be also to this wicked Generation.
46. The Ghospel vpon the day of the Seauen Brethren, &c. Iulij 10. As he was yet speaking to the multitudes, Mark 3,31.
Luke 8,20. behold his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speake to him.
47. And one said vnto him: Behold thy mother and thy brethren stand without, seeking thee.
48. But he answering him that told him, said: Who is my mother, and who are my brethren?
49. And stretching forth his hand vpon his Disciples, he said: Behold my mother and my brethren.
50. For whosoeuer shal doe the wil of my Father, that is in Heauen: he is my brother, and sister, and mother.