SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #548

Posted: July 3, 2015 in Uncategorized
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And as he was sitting in the place of judgment, his wife sent to him, saying: “Have thou nothing to do with that just man; for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” (Matt. 27:19)

 

THE INNOCENCE OF JESUS was supernaturally revealed a short time before His Death; for the dream of Pilate’s wife was a supernatural dream. In it God revealed to her that Jesus was a just Man, and that Pilate would incur a heavy punishment if he condemned Him to be crucified.

 

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

 

Pontius Pilate's wife Claudia Procula

Pontius Pilate’s wife Claudia Procula (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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  And straightway in the morning, the chief priests holding a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council, binding Jesus, led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him: “Art thou the king of the Jews?” But he answering, saith to him: “Thou sayest it.” And the chief priests accused him in many things. And Pilate again asked him, saying: “Answerest thou nothing? Behold in how many things they accuse thee.” But Jesus still answered nothing: so that Pilate wondered. Now on the festival day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded. And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder. And when the multitude was come up, they began to desire that he would do as he had ever done unto them. And Pilate answered them and said: “Will you that I release to you the king of the Jews?” For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him up out of envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them. And Pilate again answering, saith to them: “What will you then that I do to the king of the Jews?” But they again cried out: “Crucify him.” And Pilate saith to them: “Why, what evil hath he done?” But they cried out the more: “Crucify him.” And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas: and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. (Mark 15:1-15)

“HE SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE.” The words of the Apostles Creed do not merely mean that our Blessed Lord suffered during the time that Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, but are meant to show that Pontius Pilate was guilty of our Lord’s Passion and Death by his cowardly compliance with the Pharisees’ demands.

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

Jesus Before Pilate, Second Interview

Jesus Before Pilate, Second Interview (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #546

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Then they led Jesus from Caiphas to the governor’s hall. And it was morning: and they went not into the hall, that they might not be defiled, but that they might eat the pasch. (John 18:28)

 

THE HYPOCRISY OF THE PHARISEES: The chief priests and ancients pretended that it was against their conscience to enter the house of the Gentile governor, but it did not give their false consciences even a qualm to accuse Jesus wrongfully, or to demand the death of One who was innocent. They guarded against any exterior defilement, but it never occurred to them to cleanse their hearts from hatred, envy and bloodthirstiness. We see how just was our Lord’s denunciation of the Pharisees: “Woe to you . . who leave judgment and mercy and faith.” Those Christians who are outwardly pious, but who nurse hatred and enmity in their hearts, are very like the Pharisees!

 

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)

Supreme Court protects Pennsylvania charities from HHS mandate :: EWTN News.

 

US Supreme Court. Credit: Addie Mena / CNA.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order protecting a group of Pennsylvania religious institutions from being required by the federal contraception mandate to violate their faith.

“Doesn’t our government have something better to do than fight charities serving the poor?” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in a statement after the July 29 court order.

The Pennsylvania-based religious groups are among hundreds of plaintiffs challenging the federal HHS mandate, which requires employers to offer coverage of sterilization, contraception, and some drugs that can cause early abortions.

The organizations say they cannot provide the coverage, or otherwise facilitate it, without violating their religious beliefs.

With the stay from the Supreme Court, a lower court’s previous ruling is held back. In February, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the religious service organizations. The plaintiffs applied for an interim stay on the ruling, which was granted by the Supreme Court in April.

Now, longer-term relief has been granted while the case moves forward in the courts, temporarily absolving the religious groups from having to provide contraceptives and related products for employees if they notify the Department of Health and Human Services of their exemption. The government must ensure that the employees receive coverage for the products and procedures in the meantime.

The high court has yet to say if it will review the merits of the case in its next term.

The grant comes only days after the Supreme Court ruled that states must grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states. The 5-4 decision for Obergefell v. Hodges overturned other lower-court rulings that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. With the ruling came a wave of concern over its implications on religious freedom.

Rassbach stressed that forcing religious employers to violate their deeply-held beliefs is unnecessary, adding that the legal precedent is on the side of the religious groups.

“The government has lots of ways to achieve its goals without penalizing religious groups who serve those in need,” he said. “Every time a religious ministry has taken this issue to the Supreme Court, the government has lost and the religious plaintiffs have been granted relief.”

Synod. Cold Shower for the Innovators.

The preparatory document for the October session puts the brakes on communion for the divorced and remarried and on homosexual unions. New voices from Africa and Latin America. All in support of perennial doctrine

by Sandro Magister

ROME, June 30, 2015 – One week from its publication, the “working instrument” for the next session of the synod of bishops on the family is showing itself to be ever more disappointing for the champions of change.

Thank God!

Read more about this good news here: http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351078?eng=y

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #545

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Pilate therefore went into the hall again and called Jesus and said to him: “Art thou the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered: “Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or have others told it thee of me?” Pilate answered: “Am I a Jew? Thy own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee up to me. What hast thou done?” Jesus answered: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now my kingdom is not from hence.” Pilate therefore said to him: “Art thou a king then?” Jesus answered: “Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Pilate saith to him: “What is truth?” And when he said this, he went out again to the Jews and saith to them: “I find no cause in him.” (John 18:33-38)

THE KINGDOM AND ROYAL DIGNITY OF JESUS CHRIST: Jesus, the humbled and suffering captive, spoke truly when He said to the representative of the emperor of world-wide Rome: “I am a king!” His kingdom is a priestly kingdom, of which He is both Priest and King, and which He governs by offering Himself up, and conquering the hearts of men. He who had not where to rest His Head declared: “I have a kingdom, but it is not of this world!” This kingdom of Jesus Christ is His holy Church. She is in the world, and for the world, but not of the world; she comes from heaven, and is the kingdom of divine truth and grace. When our Lord Jesus Christ stood before Pilate this kingdom was very small, but, since then, He has conquered to Himself lands and nations over the whole face of the earth, not by force of arms, but by the power of the Cross, on which the God-Man offered Himself, and which is the sceptre with which He, as King, rules over His Church. Still the Church is a kingdom not of this world, for her object is no worldly or natural one, but one entirely supernatural, namely the salvation and sanctification of souls.

 

[From ‘A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture’ by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)