Sunday after the Ascension |
In all things Christ must be honored and defended even if it means being persecuted for believing in Him. Our Lord conveys these final words to His disciples, foretelling of a time when the Jews and unbelievers would greatly harass and even kill them. Every apostle except for St. John suffered martyrdom. When Jesus speaks of His followers "being put out of the synagogues" what do you think they'd have to say about BeneRatz' latest schmoozing and giving credence to Caiaphas and all the faithless Jews since who persist in their error? What does Benny do? Participates, thus publicly giving scandal through his persistent heresy. But then what's new? In fact, he's done it so much that few recognize the apostasy in their midst. We need only read what our Lord says about it in today's Gospel. Do you think Fr. Joseph Ratzinger has read that passage? Do you really think he cares? Ah, there's the rub. All hail man! Yes, Lord, we remember that You did tell us this too would come. Perhaps we never realized how bad it would be with so many duped into actually believing Ratzinger represents You. St. Paul says today "in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ", not man. Tell that to the papalotors and the latest "America's idol" himself who went out of his way to convey his non-Catholic ways in winning the world at the expense of so many souls.
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 following the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven, with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock.
Epistle: 1 St. Peter 4: 7-11
But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers.
But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
Commentary on Verse 8 Charity covereth a multitude of sins. It is a great means to atone for them; or it may signify, that a charitable mind excuses many sins in others. Wi.
Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring,
As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Commentary on Verse 10 As good stewards of the manifold grace of God. An admonition to the ministers of the gospel, to employ well their talents and the graces received to the honor and glory of God. Wi.
If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power, which God administereth: that in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ: to Whom is glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you;
Commentary on Verse 12 Think not strange, & c. Be not surprised, nor discouraged that a hot and sharp persecution is come upon you at this time, as if it were a new and an extraordinary thing. It is what you must expect and be ready to receive with patience, and even with joy, when you suffer as Christ did before you, and for His sake: this is the way to eternal happiness in Heaven. Wi.
Gospel: St. John 15: 26-27; 16: 1-4
But when the Paraclete cometh, Whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall give testimony of Me.
Commentary on Verse 26 Whom I will send. The Holy Ghost is sent by the Son: therefore He proceedeth from Him also, as from the Father; though the schismatical Greeks think differently; (B.) otherwise, as Dr. Challoner says, He could not be sent by the Son.
And you shall give testimony, because you are with Me from the beginning.
Commentary on Verse 27 You shall give. He vouchsafes to join together the testimony of the Holy Ghost, and of the apostles; that we may see the testimony of truth, jointly to consist in the Holy Ghost, and in the prelates of the Catholic Church. See Acts, xv. 28.
These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized.
Commentary on Verse 1 Which the persecutions you will have to suffer, on the part of man, may possibly occasion, particularly with the weak.
They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God.
And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor Me.
But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.
Commentary on Verse 4 That when the hour of them shall come, you may remember that I told you. This is both the sense and the construction, by the Greek text, which here determines the construction of the Latin. Wi.