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Jan. 12, May 12, Sept. 9. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these ; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother ; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphæus, and Lebbæus, whose surname was Thaddæus ; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5 The Gospel was first to be offered

to God's peculiar people, the Jews. 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go

rather to the lost sheep 7 The Gospel kingdom. Thus was of the house of Israel. ? And the Church founded ; " Jesus Christ as ye go, preach, saying, The himself being the chief corner-stone." kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 There was a strong necessity that * Heal the sick, cleanse the extraordinary powers should be given

to men who were about to be engaged lepers, raise the dead, cast

in so extraordinary a work. That out devils : freely ye have Jesus could give them these powers, received, freely give. Pro- is but another proof that he was himvide neither gold, nor silver, self God. nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves : for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till 12 And when

12 This is one among the numerous ye come into an house, salute instances which occur in our Lord's it. And if the house be wor- history, where he insists upon his thy, let your peace come upon disciples never forgetting the ordiit : but if it be not worthy, nary courtesies of social life. let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as

16 Unoffending, yet prudent. sheep in the midst of wolves :

therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men : for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be

ye go thence.


be ye


brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak. For it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

21 And the

21 It was in a spirit of divine mercy brother shall deliver up the that the hearts of Christians were brother to death, and the prepared for the dreadful scenes father the child : and the which families and neighbourhood children shall rise up against caused by the rejection or reception

would present, owing to the divisions their parents, and cause them of the Gospel. to be put to death. And

22 Do the wicked hate you for your ye shall be hated of all men religion ? Be firm, and endure unto for my name's sake: but he the end. Salvation is your reward ! that endureth to the end shall 23 Persecution, by dispersing the be saved. 23 But when they followers of Christ, spread the more

abroad his Gospel. persecute you in this city, flee ye into another : for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. * The disciple is not

24 No wonder that the servant above his master, nor the ser- shares his Master's fate! Jesus vant above his lord. It is bore reproach and wicked blaspheenough for the disciple that mies ! Let us patiently bear scorn he be as his master, and the

and contumely. servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his houshold ? Fear them not therefore : for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light : and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul : but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 3° But the

30 How sublime is this view of a very hairs of your head are particular Providence ! yet how conall numbered. Fear ye not sistent even with reason! He who therefore, ye are of more

made all things, small and great, value than many sparrows.

must order them at his pleasure. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in hea- 34 This was literally the case in the ven. 34 Think not that I am early ages of the Church.


come to send peace on earth : I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own houshold. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent

40 He that receiveth a 40 Ministers should be reverenced prophet in the name of a pro- for their Master's sake. phet shall receive a prophet's reward ; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.

4: The benevolent Christian, when 42 And whosoever shall give he has but a cup of cold water to give to drink unto one of these to the afflicted and needy, if he give little ones a cup of cold wa- according to that he hath,“ verily be

shall in no wise lose his reward." ter only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.



Jan. 13, May 13, Sept. 10. "And it came to pass, when

1 These were the cities of Galilee. Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and

3 John inquired, not to satisfy himsaid unto him, Art thou he self, but the minds of his disciples. that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see : 5 the blind receive their sight,

5 The poor in station as well as the and the lame walk, the lepers poor in spirit

. Therefore want of are cleansed, and the deaf learning is no excuse for want of hear, the dead are raised up, religion. The Gospel is preached and the

equally for all. have the gospel

poor preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see ? A reed shaken with the wind ? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment ?


behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. But what went ye out for to see ? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before

11 The future preachers of the Gosthee. 11 Verily I say unto pel were spoken of as greater than you, Among them that are John the Baptist, in reference to the born of women there hath not fuller message of salvation, with risen a greater than John the which they would be entrusted. Baptist : notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 So eagerly would publicans and 12 And from the days of John sinners flock to the preaching of the the Baptist until now the Gospel. kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will re

14 The Jews expected Elijah-or ceive it, this is Elias, which Elias, as he is named-to be sent as was for to come. He that the forerunner of their Messiah. hath ears to hear, let him Our Saviour tells them that John the hear. But whereunto shall Baptist was appointed to that office. I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. "The Son of man came

19 John, himself a frail and erring eating and drinking, and they man, prepared himself for his high say, Behold a man gluttonous, office, by a holier meditation, and a and a winebibber, a friend of more special abstraction from the

world. Our blessed Lord, without publicans and sinners. But

spot of sin, lived in the ordinary mode wisdom is justified of her of men. Cavillers were dissatisfied children. Then began he to with each. Yet religion was justiupbraid the cities wherein fied *. most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: » Woe unto thee, Cho

21 These greatly favoured cities, razin! woe unto thee, Beth- especially Capernaum, where our saida ! for if the mighty works, Lord dwelt, are justly threatened which were done in you, had with punishment, apportioned to been done in Tyre and Sidon, their abuse of such high privileges.

* So men cavil now against the followers of Christ. Yet is wisdomor religion--justified of her children, when amid misrepresentation and scorn, they preserve their even course, whether in public or in private life, unmoved from duty; and live to the glory of God.


they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. At that time Je

25 The Gospel is ever most heartily sus answered and said, I welcomed by the simple-minded, and thank thee, O Father, Lord those who are sincere in their wish

to lead a good life. of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father : for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All 27 Our Lord here claims to be equal things are delivered unto me with the Father, as touching his

Godhead. of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Jan. 14, May 14, Sept. 11. At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him ; how he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not 5“ Profane the Sabbath”- that is, read in the law, how that on they do in their office those things the sabbath days the priests which ye now profess to blame; in the temple profane the though they be morally harmless. sabbath, and are blameless ? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye

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