The Heavenly Banquet
20th Sunday after Trinity.
S. Matt. xxii. 4. "Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come unto the marriage."
INTRODUCTION. --The Kingdom of Heaven has two meanings in this parable. It means in the first place the Catholic Church. Into that the apostles and pastors of Christ invite ...read
The Holy Communion
2nd Sunday after Trinity.
S. Luke xiv. 16. "A certain man made a great supper."
INTRODUCTION. --When the fulness of time was come, God the Eternal Father said: "In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin, I have no pleasure." Then said the Son, "Lo, I come." He came that He might take away the valueless sacrifice, and establish the one fu ...read
The Image of Self
23rd Sunday after Trinity.
S. Matthew xxii., 20. "Whose is this image?"
INTRODUCTION. --Some people are very fond of contemplating their own excellencies, of admiring their good qualities, or their success in life; they will talk to you of what they have done, how they made this lucky hit, how they outwitted so-and-so, how they escaped suc ...read
The Measure of Sin
7th Sunday after Trinity.
S. Mark viii. 2. "I have compassion on the multitude."
INTRODUCTION. --In to-day's Gospel we see the tender compassion of our Lord for those who came into the wilderness to hear Him. This is only one example out of many of His great love and mercy: and indeed "His mercy is over all His works." "Thou, O Lord," sa ...read
The Meeting Hereafter
Joshua iii. 17. "And the priests that bare the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan."
INTRODUCTION. --That must have been a striking sight! The whole of God's people passing over ...read
The Preacher and His Hearers
22nd Sunday after Trinity.
S. Matthew xviii. 23. "The kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants."
INTRODUCTION. --I have been a good deal abroad, over the Continent of Europe, and whenever I am in a little country inn, I make a point of going into the room where the men are smoking and drink ...read
The Secret of Success
5th Sunday after Trinity
S. Luke v. 5. "We have taken nothing; nevertheless at Thy word, I will let down the net."
INTRODUCTION. --S. Peter and the other Apostles had been fishing all night, and had met with no success at all, then Jesus entered into the boat of Simon, and bade him launch out and let down his net. S. Peter did not hesitat ...read
Trust In God
15th Sunday after Trinity.
S. Matt. vi. 31. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness."
INTRODUCTION. --We read in ancient Roman history that a general named Aemilius Paulus was appointed to the Roman army in a time of war and great apprehension. He found in the army a sad condition of affairs, there were more officers than ...read
What Lasts, And What Passes Away
25th Sunday after Trinity.
S. Matthew xxiv., 35. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My word shall not pass away."
INTRODUCTION. --Yes! all will pass away! This beautiful world and all that is on it. Our houses, our churches, our cities, will crumble away; the very earth with its mountains and rivers, and plains, and seas, will pass a ...read
13th Sunday after Trinity.
S. Luke x., 23. "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
INTRODUCTION. --The Kingdom of Heaven, said our Lord, is like unto a treasure hid in a field. One day a man is turning over the stones which lie in a heap in a corner of the field, and he finds under them an iron chest, and this chest he believes to be f ...read