Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The Holy Ghospel of Iesvs Christ According to Saint Matthew

As he promised, he giueth a sight of the glorie, vnto which Suffering doth bring; 9. and then againe doth inculcate his Passion. 14. A Diuel also he casteth out which his Disciples could not for their incredulitie, and lack of praying and fasting. 22. Being yet in Galilee, he reuealeth more about his Passion 24. and the tribute that the Colectours exacted for al, he payeth for himself and Peter; declaring yet withal his freedom both by word, and miracle.
1. The Transfiguration of our Lord celebrated in the Church the 6. of Aug. The Ghospel of the said feast, & of the 2. Sunday in Lent: & on Imber Saturday before. Mark 9,2.
Luke 9,28.
2 Peter 1,17.
AND after six dayes Iesvs taketh vnto him Peter, and Iames, & Iohn his brother, & bringeth them into a high mountaine apart:
2. And he was Transfigured.
Christ can exhibit his body vnder what forme he list.
Mark in this Transfiguration many maruelous points: as, that he made not only his owne body, which then was mortal, but also the bodies of Moyses & Elias, the one dead, the other to die, for the time as it were immortal; therby to represent the state and glorie of his body and his Saints in Heauen. By which maruelous transfiguring of his body, you may the lesse maruel that he can exhibit his body vnder the forme of bread and wine, or otherwise as he list.
transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sunne: & his garments became white as snow.
3. And behold there appeared to them Appeared Moyses.
Saints after their death deale with, and for the liuing.
By this that Moyses personally appeared and was present with Christ, it is plaine that the Saints departed may in Person be present at the affaires of the liuing. August. de cura pro mort. c. 15. 16. For euen as Angels els where, so here the Saints also serued our Sauiour; and therfore as Angels both in the old Testament & the new, were present often at the affaires of men, so may Saints.
Moyses and Elias talking with him.
4. And Peter answering, said to Iesvs: Lord, it is good for vs to be here: if thou wilt, let vs make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moyses, and one for Elias.
5. And as he was yet speakings, behold a bright cloud ouershadowed them. And loe a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my welbeloued Sonne, in whom I am wel pleased: heare ye him.
6. And the Disciples hearing it, fel vpon their face, and were sore afraid.
7. And Iesvs came and touched them: and he said to them: Arise, and feare not.
8. And they lifting vp their eyes, saw no body, but only Iesvs.
9. And as they descended from the Mount.
Holy Places.
This mount (commonly esteemed and named of the ancient Fathers Thabor) S. Peter calleth *the holy Mount because of this wonderful vision, like as in the old Testament, **where God appeared to Moyses in the bush, and els where to others, he calleth the place of such Apparitions, holy ground.
Deuotion and Pilgrimage to the same.
Wherby it is euident that by such Apparitions, places are sanctified, and thervpon groweth a religion and deuotion in the Faithful toward such places, and namely to this Mount Thabor (called in S. Hierom Itabirium Ep. 17.) there was great Pilgrimage in the Primitiue Church, as vnto al those places which our Sauiour had sanctified with his presence and miracles: and therfore to the whole land of promise, for that cause called the holy Land.
The holy land
See S. Hiero. in Epitap. Paulæ. & ep. 17. & 18 ad Mercellam.
*2 Peter 1,18.
**Exo. 3,5.
mount, Iesvs commanded them, saying: Tel the vision to no body, til the Sonne of man be risen from the dead.
10. And his Disciples asked him, saying: what say the Scribes then, that Mal. 4,5. Elias must come first?
11. But he answering, said to them: Elias shal come.
Elias.
He distinguisheth here plainly between Elias in Person, who is yet to come before the iudgement; and Elias in name, to wit, John the Baptist, who is come already in the spirit and vertue of Elias. *So that it is not Iohn Baptist only, nor principally of whom Malachie prophecieth (as our Aduersaries say) but Elias also himself in Person.
*Luke 1,17. Mal. 4,5.
Elias in deed shal come, and restore al things.
12. And I say to you, that Elias is already come, and they did not know him, but wrought in him whatsoeuer they would. So also the Sonne of man shal suffer of them.
13. Then the Disciples vnderstood, that of John the Baptist he had spoken to them.
14. And Mat. 9,14.
Luke 9,17.
when he was come vnto the multitude, there came to him a man falling downe vpon his knees before him,
15. saying: Lord haue mercie vpon my Sonne, for he is lunatike, and sore vexed: for he falleth often into the fire, and often into the water.
16. And I offered him to thy Disciples, and they could not cure him.
17. Iesvs answered and said: O faithless and peruerse Generation, how long shal I be with you? How long shal I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18. And Iesvs rebuked him, and the Diuel went out of him, and the child was cured from that houre.
19. Then came the Disciples to Iesvs secretly, and said: Why could not we.
True miracles only in the Cath. Church.
No maruel if the Exorcists of the Catholike Church which have power to cast out Diuels, yet doe it not alwayes when they wil, and many times with much adoe; wheras the Apostles having receaued this power *before over vncleane Spirits, yet here cannot cast them out. But as for Heretikes, they can neuer doe it, nor any other true miracle, to confirme their false faith.
*Mat. 10.
Why could we not cast him out?
20. Iesvs said to them, because of your incredulitie: For, Amen I say to you, if you haue And I say to thee.
This is the Catholike faith, by which only al miracles are wrought: yet not of euery one that hath the Catholike faith, but of such as haue a great and forcible faith, and withal the gift of miracles.
Gregorius Thaumaturgus.
These are able, as here we see by Christes warrant, not only to doe other wonderful miracles here signified by this one, but also this very same, that is, to moue mountaines indeed as *S. Paul also presupposeth, and **S. Hierom affirmeth, and Ecclesiastical histories namely telleth of ***Gregorius Neocæsariensis, that he moued a mountaine to make roome for the foundation of a Church; called therfore, and for other his wonderful miracles, Thaumaturgus. And yet faithlesse Heretikes laugh at al such things and beleeue them not.
*1 Corinth. 13.
**Hiero in vita S. Hilarionis. Niceph. l. 6, 17.
***Greg. Niss. de vit. Gregory.
faith as a mustard seed, you shal say to this mountaine, Remove from thence thither, and it shal remoue; and nothing shal be impossible to you.
21. But this kind is not cast out by Prayer and fasting.
Prayer & Fasting.
The force of fasting and praying; whereby also we may see that the holy Church in Exorcismes doth according to the Scriptures, when she vseth beside the name of IESVS, many prayers, and much fasting, to driue out Diuels, because these also are here required beside faith.
prayer and fasting.
22. And Mark 9,31.
Luke 9,44.
when they conuersed in Galilee, Iesvs said to them: The Sonne of man is to be betraied into the hands of men:
23. and they shal kil him, and the third day he shal rise againe. And they were stroken sad exceedingly.
24. And when they were come the Capharnaum, there came they that receaued the didrachmes, vnto Peter, and said to him: Your maister doth he not pay the These didrachmes were peeces of money which they payed for tribute. didrachmes?
25. He saith, Yes. And when he was entered into the house, Iesvs preuented him, saying: What is thy opinion Simon? The kings of the earth, of whom receaue they tribute of cense? of their children, or of strangers?
26. And he said: Of stangers. Iesvs said to him: Then The Children free.
The priuileges & exemptions of the Clergie.
Though Christ to auoid scandal, payed tribute, yet indeed he sheweth that both him self ought to be free from such payments (as being the Kings Sonne, as wel by his eternal birth of God the Father, as temporal of Dauid) and also his Apostles, as being of his familie, and in them their successours the whole Clergie, who are called in Scripture the lot and portion of our Lord. Which exemption and privilege being grounded vpon the very law of nature itself, and therfore practised euen among the Heathen (Gen. 42,27.) good Christian Princes haue confirmed and ratified by their lawes, in the honour of Christ, whose ministers they are, and as it were the Kings Sonnes, as S. Hierom declareth plainly in these words: We for his honour pay not tributes, and as the Kings sonnes, are free from such payments. Hiero. vpon this place.
the children are free.
27. But that we may not scandalize them, goe thy waies to the sea, and cast a hooke: and that fish which shal first come vp, take: and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a This stater was a double didrachme, & therfore was payed for two. stater: take that, and giue it them for Me and thee.
A great mysterie in that he payed not only for himself, but for Peter bearing the Person of the Church, and in whom as the cheefe, the rest were contained. Aug. q. ex. no. Test. q. 75. to. 4.
me and thee.