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The Transfiguration of Christ.


afraid. 7. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8. And when they had lifted up their eyes they saw no man, save Jesus, only. 9. 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. 10. And his disciples. asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? 11. And Jesus answer

ND after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James and John his brother, and bringeth | them up into an high mountain apart. 2. And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias, talking with him. 4. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let used and said unto them, Elias make here three tabernacles; truly shall first come, and reone for thee, and one for Mo- store all things. 12. But I say ses, and one for Elias. 5.While unto you, That Elias is come he yet spake, behold, a bright already, and they knew him not, cloud overshadowed them: and, but have done unto him whạtbehold, a voice out of the cloud, soever they listed. Likewise which said, This is my beloved shall also the Son of man suffer Son, in whom I am well pleas- of them. ed; hear ye him. 6. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore

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13. Then the disci

ples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Here, blessed Lord, we see a very wonderful and pleasing sight: whilst thou wast praying, the fashion of thy countenance was altered, and thy raiment became white and glistering. And Moses and Elias came in glory to talk with thee about thy death. Peter thought it was good for him to be there; but how much better will it be to behold thy glory in heaven where thou now art! In the mean time, cause us to hear thy voice and to obey it. Thy heavenly Father said, "This is my "beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye "him." Lord, speak, for thy servants hear. Teach us what thou wouldst have us to do. We bless thee for thy written word. Open our understandings, that we may perceive thy mind in it, and incline our hearts to make it the rule of our whole conduct.

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The disciples were frighted; but thou, according to thy wonted compassion, encouragedst them, "Arise, and be not afraid." Give us to fear no evil while thou art with us. It is not thy will, that thy disciples should be cast down with too much fear.



The Lunatic Child healed.

14. And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15. Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for oft-times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation! how long shall be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18. And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he


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departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard-seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21. Howbeit this kind goeth not out, but by prayer and fasting.

The poor man spoke to thee with much diffidence, when he said, "If thou canst do any thing, have com"passion on us, and help us." Lord, give us to understand the full meaning of thy answer, " If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." We most readily join with the man in crying out, with tears, "Lord, we believe; help our unbelief." We believe thou canst heal our souls; we believe thou canst just now sanctify them, and make us thy true disciples: . Lord, do it. Thou saidst, "This kind cometh not out "but by fasting and prayer. Give us conscientiously to use these means, to get rid of prevailing lusts. We ask not the faith of miracles; but we earnestly beg, O merciful Saviour, that thou wouldst give us the faith necessary to salvation.

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Jesus foretels his Sufferings a second Time.

22. And while they abode in Gallilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men; 23.

And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Though Peter rebuked thee for speaking of the necessity of thy sufferings, that did not hinder thy resolving to undergo them; thou here again declaredst thy resolution. Glory to thy constant heavenly love, which all the unkindness and cruelty of men could not overcome. O Redeemer, give us constancy and resolution to do and suffer thy will to the last.


Jesus Christ pays Tribute for himself and Peter.

24. And when they were | Peter saith unto him, Of strangcome to Capernaum, they that ers. Jesus saith unto him, Then received tribute money came to are the children free. 27. NotPeter, and said, Doth not your withstanding, lest we should ofmaster pay tribute? 25. He fend them, go thou to the sea, saith, Yes. And when he was and cast an hook, and take up come into the house, Jesus pre- the fish that first cometh up; vented him, saying, What think- and when thou hast opened his est thou, Simon? of whom do mouth, thou shalt find a piece the kings of the earth take cus- of money: that take, and give tom or tribute? of their own unto them for me and thee. children, or of strangers? 26.

It does not appear that this tribute was really due by thee. And as thou wast the Son of God, and Lord of all, had they known thee, they ought not to have demanded it nevertheless, to prevent all occasion of complaint, or stumbling, thou didst work a miracle to fur nish it. Give us to imitate thy condescension, and thy care to prevent all ground of offence. May we owe no man any thing, but to love one another.

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Lord, convert us and make us as little children. natural pride refuses this; but we beseech thee, for thy mercy's sake, destroy it. Give us unaffected humility; give us simplicity; give us freedom from anxious cares, to rest upon the goodness, power, and wisdom of our heavenly Father, whom thou hast revealed to us. Lord, save us from guile, ambition, covetousness, remembering injuries, and whatever else is opposite to that child-like temper. And make us those little ones who believe in thee.

5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. 6. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it

were better for him that a milstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Lord, give us to receive them in thy name, and for thy sake to love and esteem them. And O keep us from casting a stumbling-block before them, or discouraging them. May we take heed that we despise not one of these little ones, whom thy Father in heaven so greatly loves, that he hath sent thee into the world to prevent the least of them from perishing; and their angels do always behold his face; and whom thou so lovest, that thou leftest heaven to seek and save them, and rejoicest more over one of them that had gone astray and is now found, than over ninety and nine which went not astray. Lord, give us earnestly to seek their salvation, in the use of the means which thou hast appointed.



Jesus teaches us to avoid Offences.

7. Woe unto the world be- | And if thine eye offend thee,

cause of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! 8.Wherefore, if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than, having two hands, or two feet, to be cast into everlasting fire. 9.

pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye rather than having two eyes to be cast. into hell-fire. 10. Take heed

that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

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Lord, keep us from stumbling at offences that may come in our way; and keep us, we beseech thee, from laying them in the way of others. O save us from this woe; and give us grace to part with a right hand, or a right foot, or a right eye, rather than be drawn by them into sin and into everlasting fire. Lord Jesus Christ, help us.


Jesus declares the Design of his coming.

11. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. 12. How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? 13. And if so be

that he find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. 14. Even so, it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

[For the Reflections on this passage, see (Sect. LXIII.) v. 6. p. 81.]


With what Temper we are to reprove.

15. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall

hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the

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