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what things were done in the Peter—the penitent, the sublaed of way, and how he was known spirit, the broken of beart! lest of them in breaking of bread. otherwise the smoking flax be

quenched, and the bruised reed And as they thus spake, Jesus broken.” himself stood in the midst of 35 Thus the communicant rejoices them, and saith unto them, to testify to others the sure blessing Peace be unto you. But engaged in the holyservice of break

of Christ's spiritual presence to those they were terrified and af- ing of bread and of prayers." frighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And be said unto them, Why are ye troubled ? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts ? - Be

39 God, who wills that our faith be hold my hands and my feet, a reasonable conviction upon evithat it is I myself: handle dence, affords ample testimony for me, and see ; for a spirit hath such conviction. not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and of

43 Adorable mystery! In the risen an honeycomb. 43 And he body-in the very body which was took it, and did eat before to ascend into heaven-Jesus did them.

partake of food for the body.

46 Under these three heads were Ver. 44. And he said un- included the schole of the Jewish to them, These are the words scriptures, which are thus evidenced which I spake unto you, as truth. while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concern- 45 Pray we to Him, to open our utiing me. " Then opened he derstanding also—even nou, as * their understanding, that they are hearing and reading his word. might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations

, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the

49 This power was granted on the promise of my Father upon day of Pentecost, when the promise you: but tarry ye in the city of the Father was fulfilled by the of Jerusalem, until ye be en- coming of the Holy Ghost. dued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 5. And it came to pass, while 51 And to heaven he did bear the he blessed them, he was part- same body in which he had lived and ed from them, and carried up died.

into heaven. And they wor- O Almighty God ! grant “that we shipped him, and returned to

may also in heart and mind thither Jerusalem with great joy: dwell ; who liveth and reigneth with

ascend, and with Him continually and were continually in the Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, temple, praising and blessing world without end." Amen! God. Amen.


The Gospel according to St. John.


MARCH 14, July 13, Nov. 9. ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES, morning, from ver. 43. As the former evangelists had faithfully detailed the lowliness and humiliation, the sufferings and death of Christ, many of the unbelievers cavilled at the doctrine of his divinity. St. John, about to confirm the previous histories by his own record of those events, sets out with a decided declaration, that Jesus the crucified, was yet the everlasting God -the Creator of all things. ' In the beginning was the 1 By the Word is meant Jesus Christ. Word, and the Word was It is not unusual in Scripture lanwith God, and the Word was guage to express a person by a quality. God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him

4 Jesus is the author of our second was life ; and the life was

creation by grace. Sin is the darkthe light of men.

And the

ness of ignorance and woe : Jesus is light shineth in darkness ; the light of wisdom and joy. and the darkness compre- 6 John the Baptist.

There a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 Christ is a light to Gentile as well

That was the true Light, as to Jew—else, O my reader ! you which lighteth every man

and I had never known the Gospel. that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. came unto his own, and

11 How painful an instance of inhis own received him not. gratitude-scorned by his own counBut as many as received him, trymen * to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to

* Having been born anew of water and the spirit in our baptism, let us devote ourselves to his service, through whom alone we are made children of God, and inheritors of his kingdom. We are now, his own.

hended it not.





them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made

1* His glory was displayed in his flesh, and dwelt among us, miracles-his truth, in his doctrine (and we beheld his glory, and example. the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 18 John bare wit- Is As God, Jesus was from ever ness of him, and cried, say- lasting to everlasting. ing, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me : for he 16 He giveth power to exercise was before me. 16 And of every appointed grace. his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen 18 In Jesus Christ we behold om God at any time; the only incarnate God. begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And

21 John, though not in persor Elias they asked him, What then? or Elijah,—was to be so considered Art thou Elias ? And he as to his office. " This is Elias, which saith, I am not. Art thou

was for to come.” (Matt. xi. 14.) that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou ? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself ? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto

him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water : but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; he it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose

. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The 29 The sacrifice of the paschal lamb next day John seeth Jesus blessed Israel only—the sacrifice of coming unto him, and saith,

the Lamb of God blesseth all men ; Behold, the Lamb of God,

and taketh away the sin of the world. which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me : for he was before me. 31 And

31 “I knew him not as the Messiah I knew him not: but that till, at his baptism, a voice from he should be made manifest heaven declared his Messiahship.”

42 And

to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples : and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold, the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou ? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being inter- 42 The name Cephas, like Peter, preted, the Christ.

means a rock. he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

Ver. 43. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me, Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. " Philip findeth Nathanael, 45 These faithful ones had kept alive, and saith unto him, We have by mutual communion, their holy exfound him, of whom Moses pectation of the promised Messiah. in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

46 And Na

46 So if any now doubt the truth thanael said unto him, Can and excellency of Jesus and his Gosthere anygood thing come out pel

, all we ask of them is—“ Come of Nazareth ? Philip saith un

and see.” Search the Scriptures ; to him, Come and see, Jesus

examine them ; judge for yourselves. saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou ? thou

shalt see greater things than si This was accomplished, when, oe these. $1 And he saith unto various occasions, angels ministered him, Verily, verily, I say to Him, both before and at his resur

rection. unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

March 15, July 14, Nov. 10.

THE EPIPHANY, evening, to ver. 12. AND the third day there 1 The third day from Simon's comwas a marriage in Cana of ing to Christ. Galilee; and the mother of ? The religion of Jesus promotes a Jesus was there : ? and both happy cheerfulness ; and is very far Jesus was called, and his from requiring that austerity and disciples, to the marriage. tians consider essential to piety.

gloom, which some mistaken Chris And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. - Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with ther conveyed no disrespect. He

* This mode of addressing his m thee? mine bour is not yet addressed her in the same terens come. His mother saith unto when at his solemn death-hour He the servants, Whatsoever he bequeathed her to the care of his

beloved St. John *. saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast

. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was; (but the servants which drew the water knew ;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men hare well drunk, then that which is worse : but thou hast kept the good wine until now. " This

11 Two circumstances specially chabeginning of miracles did racterise this first miracle. Not only Jesus in Čana of Galilee, and was it performed to promote cheer

* God's hour to help is our hour of utmost need. On the present occasion, He did not prevent the want of wine, but He supplied it. He inay not prevent trouble, but He will relieve it ; and that, when our hour is the darkest.

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