Sunday, August 30, 2015
St. Luke's Gospel Chapters 11 - 13
He teaches his disciples to pray. Casts out a dumb devil. Confutes the Pharisees; and pronounces woes against them for their hypocrisy.
1 And it came to pass, that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said to them: When you pray, say: *Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.
3 Give us this day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.
5 And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves?
6 For a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have nothing to set before him.
7 And he, from within, should answer and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed: I cannot rise and give thee.
8 Yet if he shall continue knocking: I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend: yet, because of his importunity he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth.
9 *And I say to you: Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.
10 For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.
11 *And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he, for a fish, give him a serpent?
12 Or, if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask him?
14 *And he was casting out a devil, and the same was dumb. And when he had cast out the devil, the dumb spoke, and the multitude wondered.
15 But some of them said: He casteth out devils, *through Beelzebub, the prince of devils.
16 And others tempting, asked of him a sign from heaven.
17 But he seeing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself shall be brought to desolation, and house upon house shall fall.
18 And if Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because you say, that through Beelzebub I cast out devils.
19 Now if I cast out devils through Beelzebub: through whom do your children cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
20 But if I by the finger of God cast out devils: doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you.
21 When a strong man, armed, keepeth his court, those things which he possesseth are in peace.
22 But if a stronger than he come upon him and overcome him, he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils.
23 He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth.
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through places without water, seeking rest: and not finding, he saith: I will return into my house whence I came out.
25 And when he is come, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then he goeth and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and entering in, they dwell there. And the last state of that man becometh worse than the first.
27 And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, that a certain woman, from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck.
28 But he said: Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it.
29 And when the people were gathered together, he began to say: *This generation is a wicked generation: they ask a sign, and a sign shall not be given them, but the sign of Jonas, the prophet.
30 *For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninivites, so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.
31 *The queen of the South shall rise in the judgment with the men of this generation, and shall condemn them: because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold more than Solomon here.
32 The men of Ninive shall rise in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it, *because they did penance at the preaching of Jonas; and behold more than Jonas here.
33 *No man lighteth a candle, and putteth it in a hidden place, nor under a bushel: but upon a candlestick, that they that come in may see the light.
34 *The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be lightsome: but if it be evil, thy body, also, will be darksome.
35 Take heed, therefore, that the light which is in thee, be not darkness.
36 If then thy whole body be lightsome, having no part of darkness; the whole shall be lightsome and as a bright lamp, shall enlighten thee.
37 And as he was speaking, a certain Pharisee prayed him to dine with him. And going in, he sat down to eat.
38 And the Pharisee began to say, thinking within himself, why he was not washed before dinner.
39 And the Lord said to him: *Now you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup, and of the platter: but your inside is full of rapine and iniquity.
40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without, make also that which is within?
41 But yet that which remaineth, give alms; and behold all things are clean unto you.
42 But wo to you Pharisees, because you tithe mint and rue, and every herb, and pass over judgment, and the charity of God: Now these things you ought to have done, and not to leave the others undone.
43 *Wo to you, Pharisees, because you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market-place.
44 Wo to you, because you are as sepulchres that appear not, and men that walk over are not aware.
45 Then one of the lawyers answering, said to him: Master, in saying these things, thou reproachest us also.
46 But he said: Wo to you lawyers also: *because you load men with burdens which they cannot bear, and you yourselves touch not the packs with one of your fingers.
47 Wo to you who build the monuments of the prophets: and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly you bear witness that you consent to the doings of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and you build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore, also, the wisdom of God said: I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation,
51 *From the blood of Abel unto the blood of **Zacharias, who was slain between the altar and the temple. Yea, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
52 Wo to you lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you yourselves have not entered in, and those that were entering in you have hindered.
53 And as he was saying these things to them, the Pharisees and the lawyers began vehemently to urge him, and to oppress his mouth about many things,
54 Lying in wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
2: Matt. vi. 9.
9: Matt. vii. 7. and xxi. 22.; Mark xi. 24.; John xiv. 13.; James i. 5.
11: Matt. vii. 9.
14: Matt. ix. 32. and xii. 22.
15: Matt. ix. 34.; Mark ii. 22.
29: Matt. xii. 39.
30: Jonas ii. 1.
31: 3 Kings x. 1.; 2 Par. ix. 1.
32: Jonas iii. 5.
33: Matt. v. 15.; Mark iv. 21.
34: Matt. vi. 22.
39: Matt. xxiii. 25.
43: Matt. xxii. 6.; Mark xii. 39.; Infra xx. 46.
46: Matt. xxiii. 4.
51: Gen. iv. 8. --- ** 2 Par. xxiv. 22.
Christ warns us against hypocrisy, the fear of the world, and covetousness: and admonishes all to watch.
1 And when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: *Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 *For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known.
3 For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear, in the chambers, shall be preached on the house-tops.
4 And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
5 But I will shew you whom ye shall fear: fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
8 And I say to you: *Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the Angels of God.
9 But he that shall deny me before men, shall be denied before the Angels of God.
10 *And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but to him that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven.
11 And when they shall bring you into the synagogues, and to magistrates, and powers, be not solicitous how or what you shall answer, or what you shall say.
12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought say.
13 And one of the multitude said to him: Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me.
14 But he said to him: Man, who hath made me a judge or divider over you?
15 And he said to them: Take heed and beware of all covetousness: for a man's life doth not consist in the abundance of things which he possesseth.
16 And he spoke a similitude to them, saying: *The land of a certain rich man brought forth plenty of fruits.
17 And he thought within himself, saying: What shall I do, because I have no place to lay up together my fruits?
18 And he said: This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and will build greater: and into them will I gather all things that are grown to me, and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul: Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thy rest, eat, drink, make good cheer.
20 But God said to him: Thou fool, this night do they require thy soul of thee: and whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich towards God.
22 And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you: *Be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat: nor for your body, what you shall put on.
23 The life is more than the food, and the body is more than the raiment.
24 Consider the ravens, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, neither have they store-house, nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they?
25 And which of you by thinking can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If then you are not able to do even the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon, in all his glory, was clothed like one of these.
28 Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven: how much more you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high:
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things.
31 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice: and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom.
33 *Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, **a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where the thief approacheth not, nor moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded, and lamps burning in your hands,
36 And you yourselves like to men who wait for their lord, when he shall return from the wedding: that when he cometh, and knocketh, they may open to him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord, when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen, I say to you, that he will gird himself, and make them sit down to meat, and passing, will minister to them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or if he shall come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 *But this know ye, that if the master of the family did know at what hour the thief would come, he would surely watch, and would not suffer his house to be broke open.
40 Be you also ready: *for at what hour you think not, the Son of man will come.
41 And Peter said to him: Lord, dost thou speak this parable to us, or likewise to all?
42 And the Lord said: Who (thinkest thou) is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing.
44 Verily I say to you, he will set him over all that he possesseth.
45 But if that servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming; and shall begin to strike the men-servants, and maid-servants, and to eat, and to drink, and be drunk:
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day that he expecteth not, and at an hour that he knoweth not, and shall separate him, and shall appoint him his portion with unbelievers.
47 And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and hath not prepared, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.
49 I am come to set fire on the earth, and what will I but that it be kindled?
50 And I have a baptism, wherewith, I am to be baptized: and how am I straitened until it be accomplished?
51 *Think ye that I am come to give peace on earth: I tell you no, but separation:
52 For there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three
53 Shall be divided: the father against the son, and the son against his father, the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother, the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
54 And he said also to the multitudes: When you see a cloud rising out of the west, presently you say: A shower is coming: and so it happeneth:
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, you say: There will be heat: and it cometh to pass.
56 You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the heavens, and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57 And why even of yourselves do you not judge that which is just?
58 *And when thou goest with thy adversary to the ruler, whilst thou art in the way, endeavour to be delivered from him: lest, perhaps, he draw thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the exactor, and the exactor cast thee into prison.
59 I say to thee: thou shalt not go out thence, until thou pay the very last mite.
1: Matt. xvi. 6.; Mark viii. 15.
2: Matt. x. 26.; Mark iv. 22.
8: Matt. x. 32.; Mark viii. 38.; 2 Tim. ii. 12.
10: Matt. xii. 32.; Mark iii. 29.
16: Eccli. xi. 19.
22: Ps. liv. 23.; Matt. vi. 25.; 1 Pet. v. 7.
33: Matt. xix. 21. --- ** Matt. vi. 20.
39: Matt. xxiv. 43.
40: Apoc. xvi. 15.
51: Matt. x. 34.
54: Matt. xvi. 2.
58: Matt. v. 25.
The necessity of penance. The barren fig-tree. The cure of the infirm woman, &c.
1 And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things?
3 I say to you, No: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwell in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you: No: but unless you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
6 He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
7 And he said to the tiller of the vineyard: Behold these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and I find none. Cut it done, therefore; why doth it take up the ground?
8 But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.
9 And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
10 And he was teaching in their synagogue on their sabbath.
11 And behold there was a woman, who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years: and she was bent down, and could not look upwards at all.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said to her: Woman, thou art delivered from thy infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue, being angry that Jesus had healed on the sabbath, answering, said to the multitude: There are six days wherein you ought to work: in them therefore come, and be healed, and not on the sabbath-day.
15 And the Lord answering him, said: Ye hypocrites, doth not every one of you, on the sabbath-day, loose his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead them to water?
16 And ought not this daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath-day?
17 And when he said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the things that were gloriously done by him.
18 He said, therefore: To what is the kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it?
19 *It is like to a grain of mustard-seed, which a man took and cast into his garden, and it grew, and became a great tree, and the birds of the air lodged in the branches thereof.
20 And again he said: Whereunto shall I compare the kingdom of God?
21 *It is like to leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
22 And he went through the cities and towns teaching, and making his journey to Jerusalem.
23 And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them:
24 *Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.
25 *But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without, and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us: and he answering, shall say to you: I know you not whence you are.
26 Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 And he shall say to you: *I know you not whence you are: **depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth: when you shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And there shall come from the east, and the west, and the north, and the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 *And behold they are last who shall be first, and they are first who shall be last.
31 The same day there came some of the Pharisees, saying to him: Depart, and get thee hence: for Herod hath a mind to kill thee.
32 And he said to them: Go and tell that fox: Behold I cast out devils, and do cures, to-day and to-morrow, and the third day I am consummated.
33 Nevertheless I must walk to-day, and to-morrow, and the day following: because it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
34 *Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children, as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?
35 Behold, your house shall be left to you desolate. And I say to you, that you shall not see me till the time come, when you shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
19: Matt. xiii. 31.; Mark iv. 31.
21: Matt. xiii. 33.
24: Matt. vii. 13.
25: Matt. xxv. 10.
27: Matt. vii. 23. --- ** Psal. vi. 8.; Matt. xxv. 41.
30: Matt. xix. 30. and xx. 16.; Mark x. 31.
34: Matt. xxiii. 37.
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