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THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD, by OAUDENZIO FERRARI
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' HE Gospels do not tell us anything respect-
ing the life of Christ, after the account of
the return to Nazareth, until we read of
He had lived quietly in His home with the
blessed Virgin Mary, His mother, and St. Joseph,
working for them as He grew up, and leaving for all
children a perfect example of obedience and affection
When Jesus was about thirty years of age, He
6 THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST.
knew the time had come when the great work of
His life should begin. A messenger was sent by
Almighty God to make known to the world that His
dearly-beloved Son would soon come, to teach and
preach the Gospel to the people.
Long before our Lord was born, a great prophet
inspired by the Holy Ghost had said, Behold, I will
send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way
The messenger chosen by God was called John
So John the Baptist went out into the wilderness,
and told the people who came to be taught that
the Lord, whom they were expecting, would soon
He warned them to repent of their sins, and to be
We are told by St. Matthew that very many
people wished to lead a better life, and went to St.
John confessing their sins, and were baptized by
him in the river Jordan. St. John is called the
"Baptist" because he baptized. In this Gospel we
THE BAPTISM OF OUR BLESSED LORD. 7
read that the same John had his raiment of camel's
hair and a leather girdle about his loins, and his
meat was locusts and wild honey."
We see by this that John the Baptist led a hard
and self-denying life-his garments were rough and
poor, and his food was just what he found in the
wilderness. He is called the "Apostle" or mes-
senger of repentance, and we learn from his example
and teaching that Almighty God accepts the self-
denial which those who are truly sorry for their sins
lay upon themselves.
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto
John to be baptized of him." And John the Baptist
said, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest
Thou to me?" But Jesus answering said unto him,
"Suffer it to be so now : for thus it becometh us to
fulfil all righteousness."
We know that our Lord was without sin and
needed no repentance; but He willed to be baptized
in order to set us an example of obedience.
"And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up
straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens
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were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of
God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him."
And there came "a voice from heaven, saying, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Children are baptized "in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost," and we see
that at the baptism of our Lord the Father was
there, as He spoke from heaven; the Son who
stood in the river Jordan was there, in our human
form; and the Holy Ghost was there, descending
from heaven in the shape of a dove.
There are Three Persons in one God, and they
are called the Holy Trinity. The words Trinity in
Unity mean Three in One. To believe in the
Holy Trinity is part of the Catholic Faith, and we
find it written down in the long creed in the Prayer-
Book, called the Athanasian Creed.
The place where our Lord is said to have stood
when He was baptized is even now pointed out to
travellers, and a wooden cross was at one time set up
in the Jordan to mark the spot, when pilgrims came
to bathe at the holy place.
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Water from the river Jordan is sometimes
brought from Palestine to baptize children with, by
persons who travel in that land.
The children of our Queen were all baptized with
The word Baptism means washing, because the
sins of a baptized person are "washed away" in that
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aCb Mirace at Cana.
FTER the baptism of our blessed Lord, He
was led away by God's will into a very
solitary place. St. Matthew tells us that
when there He was tempted by the devil. For forty
days and nights our Lord suffered cold and hunger,
and prayed for the souls of the world He had come
This He did for our sakes. And when the devil
came to Him our Lord resisted him, and would not
yield to the temptations; so the evil one left Him,
and angels came and ministered unto Him."
Our Lord feels for His children when they are
tempted to do wrong, because He also was tempted.
Our Lord could do no wrong, for He was God, yet
He felt all the hardness of the struggle. We pray in
the Litany, "By Thy baptism, fasting and tempta-
tion, good Lord, deliver us."
THE MARRIAGE AT CANA, by FRA ANGELICO
[A.D. 1387-A.D. 1455.1
THE MIRACLE AT CANA. II
SThe first miracle which was worked by our
blessed Lord was in Cana, a little city of His own
There was a marriage, and the mother of Jesus
was there, and both Jesus was called and His disciples
to the marriage. And presently the mother of Jesus
said to Him, "They have no wine," and she said to
the servants, "Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it."
And there were set there six water-pots of stone.
And Jesus said unto the servants, Fill the water-
pots with water," and they filled them up to the brim.
And He said, Draw out now and bear unto the
governor of the feast." And when the ruler of the feast
had tasted the water, he found it was made into wine.
That was the first miracle.
After this our Lord left Galilee and went to a city
called Capernaum, on the sea-shore. Here He did
many wonderful works. He preached, and healed
the sick, and many persons who were lame or blind
or deaf came to Him to be cured.
Our Lord chose from among those who followed
Him to hear His words, twelve disciples.
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Their names are, Peter and Andrew his brother,
James and John (the sons of Zebedee), Philip and
Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, James (the son
of Alphaeus) and Simon called Zelotes, Judas (the
brother of James), and Judas Iscariot (who also was
These chosen ones our Lord called Apostles, and
all through His earthly life they remained with Him.
Most of them were poor fishermen, but all, when
called by Jesus Christ, left their homes, their work,
and their friends, in order to give themselves wholly
and willingly to His service.
Simon Peter, and Andrew his brother, were cast-
ing a net into the sea, when our Lord was walking
on the shore and saw them.
And He said unto them, "Follow Me."
And they straightway left their nets and followed
And going on from thence He saw two other
brothers in a ship with their father, mending their
nets; and He called them. And they immediately
left the ship and their father, and followed Him."
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These were the two sons of Zebedee, and, as
we have read before, their names were James and
The word "disciple means follower or scholar,"
and apostle means messenger."
Two Apostles wrote books describing the life of
our Lord. These were St. Matthew and St. John.
Two other disciples, St. Mark and St. Luke, also
wrote books about the life of our Lord.
Their books are called the four Gospels or
Evangels. The word Gospel" means good tidings.
The writers of the Gospels are called Evangelists.
Then several other Apostles wrote letters to the
faithful followers of our Lord, in the Churches they
founded in Europe and Asia.
Of these St. Paul wrote ten, which were addressed
to the various Churches under his care. One was
written to the Romans, two to the Church at Corinth,
one to the Galatians, one each to the Ephesians,
Philippians, and Colossians; two he wrote to the
Church of Thessalonica, and one to the converted
Jews, called Hebrews. Then to his loved disciple
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Timothy he wrote two letters, one to Titus, and
another to Philemon.
Besides the letters of St. Paul, there are letters by
St. Peter, St. James, St. John, and St. Jude.
These are all called Epistles.
St. Luke also wrote a book called the Acts of the
Apostles, which is a history of the beginning and
work of the Christian Church under the care of
St. Peter and St. Paul.
St. John the Evangelist, besides the Gospel that
bears his name, wrote a wonderful book called The
It is an account of the visions God allowed him
to see of heaven and of the end of the world, and in
it he foretells what will happen at the Great Judg-
ment at the Last Day.
There is in it a great deal that is hard to under-
stand ; but it is very sure that in it we are told that
there is a joy and eternal reward far better than man's
heart can conceive, laid up for those who love God.
These Gospels and Epistles, with the other books
we have spoken of, make up the New Testament.
THE MIRACLE AT CANA. 15
After the calling of the Twelve Apostles our
blessed Lord gave them especial gifts of grace. He
gave them the power to heal the sick, and to cast
out evil spirits from those who were possessed with
He promised that they should be guided by the
Holy Ghost to say the right thing, and to do what
was best for their work.
So the Twelve Apostles left their Master's side
for awhile, and went each his own way to carry the
Gospel of Christ to the poor and ignorant.
The blessing which the Twelve received from our
Lord is called the Ordination of the Apostles, because
they then had Orders given to them.
Our Bishops and Priests are ordained also, and
receive the Holy Ghost to help them to do the work
Holy Orders have been given down in an un-
broken line from the time of our Lord. He made
the first Bishops, and these Bishops ordained others,
and so on till our own time. This is called the
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Cbe &ermo n on Mt Mount.
HERE is a hill which looks down upon the
Sea of Galilee, and where there is a beautiful
view of the green valley of Gennesareth.
Our blessed Lord, seeing the multitudes flocking
to hear Him preach, went up this hill so that every
one could see Him and hear Him speak.
And when He had sat down, He taught them,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, by FRA ANGELICO
[A.D. 1387-A.D 1455-.
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. 17
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be
called, the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for
righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of
These first eight blessings, which are here pro-
mised by God to those who try to carry out the eight
graces spoken of, are called Beatitudes.
The Mount upon which our Lord sat to deliver
the Sermon is called The Mount of Beatitudes,"
The Gospel of St. Matthew gives us the Sermon
on the Mount at full length (chaps. v. vi. vii.). In it
our blessed Lord tells us everything which is needful
for us to know in order to lead a good life.
He also teaches us how to pray, so that we may
have His help to strengthen us. The prayer He
made is called the Lord's Prayer.
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He warns us that if we do not try to be good,
to love God and do His bidding, we shall be
He promises that if we humbly do our very best,
God will help and reward us.
And at the end of His Sermon on the Mount He
gives us a very solemn warning.
Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that
doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven."
We must not only talk about God and holy
things, but we must do what is pleasing to Him.
Good intentions and resolutions will not get us to
heaven; but obedience and real love of God show
Him that we are in earnest; and the Death and
Merits of Jesus Christ will open the door of
When the Sermon on the Mount was ended our
Lord came down the hill, and at the foot of it He
was met by a leper.
A leper is a person diseased with a very terrible
illness-so fearful in its nature that the sick person
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was obliged to stay away from all his friends, and
no one would touch him.
This poor man had great faith; and he knelt
down, all miserable and suffering, and said to our
Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean."
And our Lord, full of kindness and love, did not
shrink from the terrible sight, but put forth His hand
and touched the sick man, saying, "I will; be thou
clean." And immediately the leper was cured.
How very grateful the poor man must have been,
and with what wonder and delight his friends must
have received him back to his home.
St. Matthew tells us that they made this miracle
known far and wide, insomuch that great crowds
ran together to see the wonderful Worker of such
marvels, and brought with them all their sick friends
to be healed.
Besides giving sight to the blind, and making the
deaf people to hear, and the dumb able to speak, our
Lord raised many dead persons to life again.
About twenty miles from Capernaum there is a
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city called Nain. Our blessed Lord came to this
place a few days after the Sermon on the Mount.
Many of the disciples went with Him, and, as St.
Luke tells us, much people."
This great company walked along a road, which
may still be seen, till they came near to the gate of
Here they were met by a funeral procession.
"Behold, there was a dead man carried out, the
only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and
much people of the city was with her.
And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion
on her, and said unto her, Weep not."
We may be sure that when the poor sorrowing
mother heard His. gracious words she felt that she
would receive comfort.
"And He came and touched the bier: and they
that bare him stood still. And He said, 'Young man,
I say unto thee, Arise.'"
In the Eastern country where this happened,
dead people are carried to the grave decked with
flowers and lying on an open couch. As St. Luke
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tells us, "He that was dead sat up, and began to
Then our Lord Himself graciously gave the boy
back into the joyful mother's arms.
He delivered him to his mother."
And the people who saw this great miracle gave
thanks to God, and were filled with wonder.
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Our korbti altingu on the sea.
UR blessed Lord had now spent about one
year in the work of His ministry; one year
had passed since St. John the Baptist had
foretold His coming.
And now the Baptist was in prison, bound with
He had rebuked the king of the Jews, whose name
was Herod, because he was breaking God's law and
was living a wicked life.
So Herod was very angry, and had laid hold on
John and put him in prison.
Now on his birthday Herod made a supper to his
friends, and the daughter of his brother Philip came
and danced before them.
Then Herod was pleased, and promised that he
would give her whatever she asked for.
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OUR LORD WALKING ON THE SEA, by CIGOLI
[A.D. 1559-A.D. 1613.-
OUR LORD WALKING ON THE SEA. 23
And she said, "Give me here in a charger the
head of John the Baptist." A "charger" is a largedish.
So the king sent and commanded that the head of
St. John should be cut off in the prison. And this
But the soul of St. John was taken to heaven by
God, and his body was buried in a tomb by his
After these things "the Apostles gathered them-
selves together unto Jesus, and told Him all things,
both what they had done and what they had taught,"
as He had told them to do.
And He said unto them, "Come ye .yourselves
apart into a desert place, and rest a .while," for
there were many coming and going, and they had no
leisure even to eat. And He took ship and passed
over the Lake of Tiberias, and went into a desert
place called Bethsaida.
But when the crowds of people whom our Lord
had been teaching saw Him about to leave them, they
hurried round on foot by the shore, and met Him as
He landed on the other side.
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And our Lord, tired and weary though He felt,
was filled with pity when He saw how eager the poor
people were to see Him, and to bring their sick to be
cured, for they were as sheep without a shepherd.
And He healed them and taught them until the
evening. And at eventide the disciples came to Him
saying, "This is a desert place, and the time is now
past; send the multitude away, that they may go
into the villages and buy themselves victuals, for they
have nothing to eat."
But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart;
give ye them to eat."
And the disciples said, Shall we go and buy
two hundred pennyworth of bread and give them to
eat? And our Lord said, How many loaves have
ye ? go and see." And when they knew, they said,
" There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves
and two small fishes; but what are they among so
And Jesus told His disciples to make them sit
down by fifties in a company."
So they all sat down upon the green grass.
OUR LORD WALKING ON THE SEA. 25
And our Lord took the barley loaves and two
fishes into His hands, and looking up to heaven He
blessed and broke the bread and gave it to His
disciples to set before the people; and the two fishes
divided He among them all.
And there were about five thousand men besides
women and children. And they did all eat and were
filled, and had as much bread and fish as they
And when they had finished our Lord said to His
disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that
nothing be lost." Therefore they gathered them to-
gether, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments
of the five barley loaves which remained over and
above unto them that had eaten.
This was a wonderful miracle worked by our
blessed Lord. He made the five little loaves to
become enough to feed more than five thousand
people, and when they had all eaten, still there
remained more bread than the lad had brought to
Him at first.
And when these men had seen the miracle that
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Jesus did, they said, This is of a truth that Prophet
that should come into the world."
Then as they saw more clearly that our Lord was
powerful and able to do such wonders, the people
began to wish to take Him by force and make Him
But when He saw this, He sent them away and
departed away by Himself alone to pray, and told His
disciples to get into the ship and go to the other side
of the lake to Bethsaida. They went, obedient to
His command, and pushed out the boat into the
water. They rowed for five-and-twenty or thirty
furlongs, which is about three miles, and were about
half-way across, when a storm beat on them, the wind
rose, and the night came, so that they were tossed
about in the middle of the sea all in the dark, with
the fierce cold waves dashing over them, while land
was still far away.
On the shore they had just left stood our blessed
No boat was waiting to bear Him across, and He,
the Creator of the wide sea, needs none. He steps
OUR LORD WALKING ON THE SEA. 27
upon the raging water and walks on the bounding
sea. He passes silently over the lake and comes
near to the ship where the poor disciples, terrified and
helpless, are still working at their oars and labour-
ing to get on their way. In the misty gloom of the
fourth watch, which is before dawn, they see a shining
figure coming over the sea towards them. And they
trembled and were afraid, for they said, It is a spirit;"
and they cried out for fear. Then a voice that the
Apostles knew and loved answered them, saying:
"Be of good cheer. It is I. Be not afraid."
Though they could not see Him, still His words
brought comfort to their souls, and St. Peter answered
him, saying, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come
unto Thee on the water." And He said, Come."
So St. Peter stepped over the side of the ship and
down upon the rocking water; and it held him up,
and he walked upon the top of the sea to go to
But presently, when he had gone a few steps, he
saw the great waves bounding towards him, and his
heart fainted for fear; his faith in his Saviour failed,
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and he immediately began to sink deep down into
the sea. Then he cried out, saying, Lord, save me."
And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand
and caught him, .and said unto him, 0 thou of
little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?"
Then the disciples gladly received Him into the
boat. And the moment they were in the ship again
the wind ceased, and they suddenly found themselves
arrived at the land to which they had been going.
When the people at Capernaum heard that our
Lord had come back they were very glad, and sent
word to all their friends in the country round about.
Then the sick and those who had lost their reason
were brought to Him, and begged to be allowed just
to touch the hem of His garment, and all those who
touched were perfectly cured.
THE TRANSFIGURATION, by FRA ANGELICO
[A.D. 1387-A.D. 1455.J
THE TRANSFIGURA TION. 29
FTER these things our Lord Jesus Christ
began to speak to His disciples about His
He told them that He was come on earth in order
to die for the sins of the world, and that He should
suffer much, and .be killed by the Jews, and that He
should be buried and rise again the third day. And
when St. Peter heard these things he was very sad,
and said, Be it far from Thee, Lord ; this shall
not be unto Thee." St. Peter loved our Lord, and
thought he would willingly die himself if he could
save his Master.
But our Lord turned to him and told St. Peter
that he could not yet understand what was ordered
for Him to do.
He spoke to the disciples of the duty of obedience
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to the will of God and of self-denial. If any man
will come after Me, let him deny himself and take
up his cross and follow Me. Whosoever will lose
his life for My sake shall find it." And He promised
a reward to those who followed Him in the way of
The Son of Man shall come in glory with His
angels; and He shall reward every one according to
Six days after our Lord had thus spoken to His
disciples, He took Peter and James and John up into
a high mountain by themselves apart.
St. Luke tells us that our Lord prayed. The
disciples at a little distance waited until their Master
But as they watched, His countenance became
shining like the sun, and His raiment white and
glistening. A great glory shone round about Him,
and He was transfigured before them.
And there appeared in the midst of this wonderful
light Moses and Elias talking with Him, and they
spake of His Death. We do not know what other
THE TRANSFIGURATION. 31
converse passed between the glorified Saviour and the
two spirits He had summoned, because a deep sleep
fell upon the disciples.
When they woke the Heavenly Vision was still
before their eyes, and a great cloud of light fell all
about them and overshadowed them. And they were
Then a voice came out of the cloud and said,
"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased :
hear ye Him." And the disciples knew it was the voice
of the Almighty Father from heaven that spake to
them, and they trembled and fell on the ground and
hid their faces.
And as they lay in terror and awe Jesus came
and touched them, saying, Arise, and be not afraid."
And when they raised their eyes and looked round
they saw no man, but Jesus only.
And as they came down from the mountain Jesus
charged them, saying, "Tell the Vision to no man,
until the Son of Man be risen again from the dead."
Here our Lord again spoke of His rising again,
and He calls Himself the Son of Man to show that
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He was to die in the human form He took for our
sakes, and that His human body would again be raised
No doubt the glorious vision of the Transfigura-
tion was a great comfort for the three Apostles who
had been permitted to see it.
Perhaps they understood better what their Master
meant when He told them to expect to see Him rise
again from the grave.
When our Saviour and His three disciples were
come to the foot of the Mount, a man ran to meet
them, bringing his son, who was a lunatic. A lunatic
means a person who has no command over himself,
because his reason and sense are departed.
The poor father wept over his child, and told our
Lord that he fell sometimes into the fire or into the
water, and could not save himself, and prayed that he
might be cured. And our Lord answered him and said,
" If thou canst believe, all things are possible."
And the father of the child cried out with tears,
" Lord, I believe, help Thou mine unbelief."
And our Lord called upon the bad spirit that was
THE TRANSFIGURATION. 33
tormenting the child to come out of him. And im-
mediately the child was cured: and Jesus took him
by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose, and He
delivered him again to his father.
From time to time our Lord taught His disciples
by Parables. A parable is a story with a meaning,
and generally conveys some great truth. In Eastern
countries, at the time when there were no books, history
and religion were both taught by what is called Tradi-
tion, that is, the account told from father to son, and
Besides this, poets and story-tellers were both re-
spected and well paid by the people, and it was the
custom for them to sit' in the market-place, where
crowds flocked to hear them recite.
So our blessed Lord, in teaching great truths in
the form of parables, chose the style of instruction
best fitted for the understanding of the people.
He talked to them, either walking among the
labourers as they went to their daily work, or in the
busy streets : at other times He would sit in a ship
and speak to the fishermen who sat on the beach or
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leant against their rocking boats in the shallow blue
waters of the lake.
The first parable related by St. Matthew was
spoken in this latter way. The Gospel says that
Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea-
And great multitudes were gathered together unto
Him, so that He went into a ship and sat, and the
whole multitude stood on the shore.
And He spake many things unto them in parables,
Behold, a sower went forth to sow.
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way-
side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not
And forthwith they sprung up, because they had
no deepness of earth.
And when the sun was up, they were scorched,
and because they had no root, they withered away.
"And some fell among thorns, and the thorns
sprung up and choked them.
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"But other (seeds) fell into good ground, and
brought forth fruit; some an hundred-fold, some
sixty-fold, some thirty-fold."
When our Lord had spoken this parable the twelve
disciples asked Him to explain it to them. And He
"The seed is the Word of God.
"Those by the way-side are they that hear.
"Then cometh the devil and taketh away the
word dg of their hearts, lest they should believe
and be saved.
"They on the rock are they which, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, and these have no root,
which for a while believe, and in time of temptation
"And that which fell among thorns are they which,
when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with
cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring
no fruit to perfection.
But that on the good ground are they which in an
honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it,
and bring forth fruit with patience."
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And many other parables spake He unto them.
There are ih all thirty-eight parables which are
related to us by the four Evangelists as having been
spoken by our Lord at different times during the
three years of His ministry.
THE RAISING OF LAZARUS, by GAUDENZIO FERRARI
[A.D. 1482-A.D. 150.o
THE RAISING OF LAZARUS. 37
Cbe afMat~in of iladaru^.
SHORT time after the Transfiguration, our
blessed Lord set out on His last journey,
and He went ip on the road towards Jericho.
And as He journeyed, there came a certain lawyer and
questioned Him saying:
Master, what shall I do.to inherit eternal life?"
and our Lord said to him:
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart . and thy neighbour as thyself."
But he, wishing to make excuses, said unto Jesus:
"And who is my neighbour ?"
And Jesus answering said:
"A certain man went down from Jerusalem to
Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of
his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving
him half dead.
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And by chance there came down a certain priest
that way, and when he saw him, he passed by on the
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place,
came and looked on him, and passed by on the other
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came
where he was: and when he saw him he had compas-
sion on him,
"And went to him and bound up his wounds, pour-
ing in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast,
And brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
"And on the morrow when he departed, he took
out two pence and gave them to the host, and said
unto him, 'Take care of him, and whatsoever thou
spendest more, when I come again I will repay thee.'
"Which now of these three thinkest thou was
neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves ?"
And the lawyer said, He that shewed mercy
Then said Jesus, Go and do thou likewise."
So the lawyer, who had asked our Lord the question
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in a bad spirit, trying to entangle Him in His talk, re-
ceived an answer which made him at once see his duty.
At the time of our Lord's journey the way between
Jerusalem and Jericho was full of robbers, who hid in
the dark caves and behind the tall cliffs which border
the road. This road, which is still used, is about twenty
miles long, and it is even now very dangerous for
travellers to go alone. This reply of our Lord to the
lawyer is called the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
After passing through Jericho our Saviour came
near to a small village called Bethany.
And there lived in it a certain man called Lazarus,
who was ill. He had two sisters whose names
were Mary and Martha.
/ Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and
Therefore, when the two women heard that our
Lord was near their village, they sent out a messenger,
saying, Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick."
When Jesus heard that He said to his disciples:
This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory
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Then when Jesus was come to Bethany, He found
that Lazarus was dead and had lain in the grave four
Now Bethany was about two miles from Jeru-
salem. "And many of the Jews came to Martha and
Mary to comfort them concerning their brother.
"Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus
was coming, went and met Him; but Mary sat still
in the house.
Then said Martha unto Jesus :
"' Lord, if Thou hadst been here my brother had
not died: but I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou
wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee.'
"Jesus saith unto her: 'Thy brother shall rise
Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall
rise again in the resurrection at the last day.'
Jesus said unto her,' I am the Resurrection and
the Life; he that believeth in Me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and
believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou
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She saith unto Him, 'Yea, Lord, I believe that
Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should
come into the world.'
"And when she had so said, she went her way
and called Mary, her sister, secretly, saying, The
Master is come, and calleth for thee.' And when
Mary heard that she arose quickly and came unto
Now Jesus was not yet come into the village, but
was still waiting at the place where Martha had met
And when the friends of Mary, who had been
comforting her, saw that she rose up hastily and went
out of the house they followed her, saying, "She
goeth unto the grave to weep there."
SThen when Mary saw Jesus, she fell at His feet in
tears, saying, like her sister, Lord, if Thou hadst
been here, my brother had not died."
For Mary and Martha had great faith, and they
believed their Lord would have healed Lazarus when
he lay sick.
When Jesus saw Mary weeping, and the Jews
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also weeping, He was much grieved. And He said
to the sisters:
"Where have ye laid him?" And they led the
way to the place where Lazarus was buried, saying,
"Lord, come and see."
Then said the Jews, "Behold how He loved him."
And others began to question among themselves, say-
ing, Could not this Man, Which opened the eyes of
the blind, have caused that even this man should not
have died ?"
For the Jews did not believe that Jesus was God,
and could not think that He was able to raise the
dead to life.
Then when they were come to the burying-place,
they saw the grave. It was shaped out of the rock,
and a large stone was laid over the top.
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone."
Martha, who feared to see the sad sight of her
brother with his face altered by death, said, Lord,
he hath been dead four days." Our blessed Lord,
Who had not told the sisters what He was about
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to do, answered, in order to strengthen her courage
and to give her hope:
Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe,
thou shouldest see the glory of God ?"
Then they took away the stone from the place
where the dead was laid.
And our Saviour lifted up His eyes and prayed to
His Heavenly Father. Then He cried with a loud
voice, Lazarus, come forth !"
And he that was dead came forth, bound hand
and foot with grave clothes, and his face was bound
about with a napkin.
Jesus saith unto them: Loose him, and let him
What a beautiful reward for the faith of the two
They believed that Jesus Christ was able to do all
things, as He was the Son of God. So, in order to
comfort them, the loving Saviour gave them back
their dearly-beloved brother Lazarus.
He rose from the grave, no longer sick, but strong
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And many of the Jews who saw the miracle were
converted, and believed in the Lord. But others of
them consulted among themselves how they might
put Him to death.
For they feared, if our Lord continued to do so
many miracles, that the whole nation would believe
in Him and make Him King over them.
And the cruel Jews gave an order to all their
soldiers and to the people, that if any man knew
where Jesus was, he should come and tell the chief
priest, so that He should be taken.
But Jesus, knowing their evil thoughts, did not
show Himself openly among the Jews, but departed
with His disciples to a city called Ephraim.
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