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September 28, 2008

Daily Readings for September 29, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 9:34 pm

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

1st Reading Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Douay Rheims Challoner Text)

I beheld till thrones were placed, and the Ancient days sat: his garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like clean wool: his throne like flames of fire: the wheels of it like a burning fire. A swift stream of fire issued forth from before him: thousands of thousands ministered to him, and the ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him: the judgment sat, and the books were opened. I beheld therefore in vision of the night, and lo, one like the son of man came withe the clouds of heaven, and he came even to the Ancient of days: and they presented him before him. And he gave him power, and the glory and a kingdom: and all the peoples, tribes and tongues shall serve him: his power is an everlasting  power that shall not be taken away: and his kingdom that shall not be destroyed.

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Apocalypse 12:7-12 (Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, and the old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, and who seduceth the whole world: and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown  down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying: Now is come salvation, and the strength, and the kingdom of our God and the power of Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth who accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame  him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. Therfore rejoice, O  heavens,  and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that heath but a short time

Gospel According to St. John 1:47-51(Douay-Rheims Challoner text)

Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him: and he saith of him: Behold the Israelite inded in whom there is no guile. Nathaniel saith to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said to him: Before that Phillip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee: Nathaniel answered him, and said: Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art the king of Israel. Jesus answered, and said to him: Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, thou believest: great things than these shalt thou see: And he saith to him: Amen, amen I say to you, you shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 165

It is then we must turn to the witnesses of faith: to Abraham, who “in hope… believed against hope”; to the Virgin Mary, who, in “her pilgrimage of faith,” walked into the “night of faith” in sharing the darkness of her son’s suffering and death; and to so many others: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by a so great a clud of witneses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perserverence  the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”

Notes on Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 8. Go you up to this festival day, which lasted eight days. — I go not with you, nor to be there at the first day, nor in that public manner as you desire. But when the feast was half over, about the fourth day, Jesus went thither in a private manner, yet so that when he arrived, he spoke publicly in the temple. (Witham)

Ver. 13. No one publicly took the part of Jesus, however favourable were their private sentiments; for the Jews hated and persecuted such as sided with him. (Bible de Vence)

Notes on Apocalypse 12:7-12 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 10-12. Now is come salvation….rejoice, O ye heavens. The blessed in heaven rejoice for the victories of the faithful on earth, and also for the reward and glory which would shortly be given them in heaven. (Witham) — Woe to the earth, &c. Both Pastorini and Calmet refer this woe to the persecution of Dioclesian. The dragon, the devil, is more irritated than ever against the Christians; he therefore stimulates the pagans to exercise their utmost cruelty against them, knowing that a Christian emperor (Constantine) would in a short time extend the reign of Jesus Christ over the whole world.

Notes on St. John 1:47-51 (Haydock Bible Commentary)

Ver. 50. Greater things than these. Greater miracles and proofs that I am the Messias, and the true Son of God. (Witham)

Ver. 51. You shall see the heaven open, &c. It is not certain when this was to be fulfilled: St. Chrysostom thinks at Christ’s ascension; others refer it to the day of judgment. (Witham)

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