The Blood of the Lamb has forever replaced the blood of goats |
The Jews were given every opportunity to understand Christ Who spoke to them not of new things but of the fulfillment of the Old Testament, something they should have been well versed in and could easily have connected the dots had they had good will to truly believe in the promised Messias. But that would interfere with their power trip and their deviation from the Law of Moses, thus exposing them as no longer the children of Abraham. Hmm, the comparisons with the conciliar cabal is uncanny as the Modernist high priests go about doing what they darn well please with no respect for what was handed down from Him Who, before Abraham, is Ego sum.
Comprehensive Catholic Commentary
Fr. George Leo Haydock
Editor's Note: We continue with this special feature provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. We publish it here in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock. John has urged that we put this online Saturday so readers can properly prepare for the Sunday Mass. On Passion Sunday (Fifth Sunday of Lent) we enter into the Time of Passiontide where, with Christ we hide ourselves from the world and contemplate all He has taught; something most of the Jews of His time and our time as well refuse to do. They do not want to hear Christ for He is the truth and it contradicts the false assumptions they have forged on many that they are following the precepts given to the children of Abraham. If that were true they would have accepted Christ as He tells them in the Gospel for Passion Sunday that before Abraham was, He is. Rather than praying on that, and truly knowing the prophecies of the Old Testament, the High Priests launch blasphemies against our Lord and are worthy of the castigation given them by Christ: Synagogue of Satan. For further discernment by Saints and Doctors of the Church, Fr. Haydock provides more food for thought in his commentary as John shows below.
Epistle: Hebrews 9: 11-15
11 But Christ coming, a high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is, not of this creation:
Commentary on Verse 11: Christ coming is a high priest of the good things to come; i.e. not passing, like the priests of the former law, into a tabernacle made by human art and hands, but by the tabernacle of his own body or flesh, says St. John Chrysostom framed by the Holy Ghost.
12 Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption.
Commentary on Verse 12: By the blood of goats, & c. This is another difference and preeminence of Christ above the priests of the law of Moses, that they could only offer the blood of beasts; but Christ entered into heaven by the effusion of his own precious blood in his sufferings, and on the cross, by this having found an eternal redemption for mankind, having satisfied for the sins of all men in the sight of God, which the former priests, with all their sacrifices, could not do. Eternal redemption. By that one sacrifice of his blood, once offered on the cross, Christ our Lord paid and exhibited, once for all, the general price and ransom of all mankind; which no other priest could do. Ch. - The force of the apostle's reasoning is to convince the Jews of the inefficacy of the legal sacrifices, and of the virtue of the Christian sacrifice.
13 For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of a heifer, being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the Holy Ghost, offered himself without spot to God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?
Commentary on Verse 13 and 14: For if the blood of goats, & c. Another main difference betwixt the sacrifices in the old, and that of Christ in the new law. These imperfect carnal sacrifices could only make the priests and the people reputed clean, so that they were no longer to be treated as transgressors, and liable to punishments, prescribed and inflicted by the law: but the sacrifice of Christ has made our consciences interiorly clean, and sanctified them even in the sight of God. Having offered Himself unspotted to God by the Holy Ghost, the divine Spirit of the Holy Ghost moving Christ as man to make this oblation of Himself, though free from all sin, and incapable of sinning. And being this oblation, made by Him, Who was God as well as man, it was an oblation of infinite value, which repaired the injury done to God by sin, and redeemed mankind from the slavery of sin. Here we have an abstract of the passion of Jesus Christ, or of the sacrifice of the cross. We see Who is the priest, and Who is the victim; we see the virtue and efficacy of this sacrifice, and why It was offered; also by what signs we may know whether we partake of It, viz. if dying to sin and to the world, we live to God, and serve Him in spirit and truth. Calvin makes Jesus Christ a priest and mediator, according to His divinity; but in that case Christ would be inferior to His Father, not only as man, but according to His divinity: for the priest is inferior to the God to Whom He offers sacrifice, which is an expression of supreme excellence. See Dr. Kellison's survey of the Protestant religion.
15 And, therefore, he is the mediator of the new testament: that by means of his death, for the redemption of those transgressions, which were under the former testament, they who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Gospel: St. John 8: 46 - 59
46 At that time, Jesus said to the multitudes of Jews: Which of you shall convince Me of sin? If I say be truth to you, why do you not believe Me?
47 He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore, you hear them not, because you are not of God.
48 The Jews, therefore, answered, and said to Him: Do we not say well that Thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?
49 Jesus answered: I have not a devil: but I honor My Father, and you have dishonored Me.
50 But I seek not My Own glory: there is One that seeketh and judgeth.
51 Amen, amen , I say to you, if any man keep My word, he shall not see death for ever.
Commentary on Verse 51: He shall not see death, he shall not die, for ever. That is, he shall not incur an eternal death, as they who die in sin: but they understood His words of the death of the body. You accuse Me of being possessed with a devil, because I preach to you a doctrine far different from what you are accustomed to hear; but I speak nothing but the truth; I give honor to My Father, I execute His orders; and the words I now speak to you, are the words of eternal life. Whoever observes them shall not die. Moses promised a long life to those who observed what was commanded in the old law, and offered them as their reward goods and temporal prosperity. But I now offer you an eternal life. Believe My words, keep them, and observe My ordinances, and you shall not feel the death of the soul, the second, eternal, and most miserable of deaths. Calmet.
52 The Jews, therefore, said, Now we know that Thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets: and Thou sayest, If any man keep My word, he shall not taste death for ever.
53 Art Thou greater than our father, Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead. Whom dost Thou make Thyself?
54 Jesus answered: If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing: it is My Father that glorifieth Me, whom you say that He is your God.
55 And you have not known Him, but I know Him: And if I should say that I know Him not, I should be like to you, a liar. But I know Him, and keep His word.
56 Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see My day: he saw it, and was glad.
Commentary on Verse 56:
Abraham, your father, rejoiced that he might see My day, My entrance into this world, My incarnation, My birth, My manifestation in Israel, My death and passion. St. Irenaeus, Origen, St. Cyril, & c. - He waited with impatience for the deliverance of the whole world. He saw it, and was glad. He saw it in spirit, for God revealed it to him. He saw it approaching in the birth of his son Isaac, and in the miraculous deliverance of his dear son, when he was commanded to offer him in sacrifice to the Lord. The vivacity of his faith made him, as it were, present at the time of My birth, though then so far off. St. John Chrysostom, Leont. Theophyl. Euth - It is not unlikely that this patriarch, and the others who were with him, detained in limbo, were apprised of the incarnation and coming of the Messias, which would fill them with an effusion of inexpressible joy. St. John Chrysostom - Christ here teaches us two things. 1. That He was before Abraham. 2. That the Jews were not true sons of Abraham, now treating so rudely Him, Who, even before His coming, had given the patriarch so much joy. Calmet.
57 The Jews then said to Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am.
Commentary on Verse 58:
Before Abraham was made, I am. Christ here speaks of His eternal existence as God. St. Augustine shews this by these very words, I am. He does not say, before Abraham was made, I was made: because, as the Son of God, He never was made: but I am, which shews His eternal divine nature.
59 Then they took up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.