Thursday, 4 September 2014

St Luke 19:29-40

29 Et factum est, cum appropinquasset ad Bethphage et Bethaniam, ad montem qui vocatur Oliveti, misit duos discipulos suos, 30 dicens: Ite in castellum quod contra est: in quod introëuntes, invenietis pullum asinæ alligatum, cui nemo umquam hominum sedit: solvite illum, et adducite. 31 Et si quis vos interrogaverit: Quare solvitis? sic dicetis ei: Quia Dominus operam ejus desiderat. 32 Abierunt autem qui missi erant: et invenerunt, sicut dixit illis, stantem pullum. 33 Solventibus autem illis pullum, dixerunt domini ejus ad illos: Quid solvitis pullum? 34 At illi dixerunt: Quia Dominus eum necessarium habet. 35 Et duxerunt illum ad Jesum. Et jacentes vestimenta sua supra pullum, imposuerunt Jesum. 36 Eunte autem illo, substernebant vestimenta sua in via: 37 et cum appropinquaret jam ad descensum montis Oliveti, cœperunt omnes turbæ discipulorum gaudentes laudare Deum voce magna super omnibus, quas viderant, virtutibus, 38 dicentes: Benedictus, qui venit rex in nomine Domini: pax in cælo, et gloria in excelsis. 39 Et quidam pharisæorum de turbis dixerunt ad illum: Magister, increpa discipulos tuos. 40 Quibus ipse ait: Dico vobis, quia si hi tacuerint, lapides clamabunt.

[29] And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethania, unto the mount called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples, [30] Saying: Go into the town which is over against you, at your entering into which you shall find the colt of an ass tied, on which no man ever hath sitten: loose him, and bring him hither.[31] And if any man shall ask you: Why do you loose him? you shall say thus unto him: Because the Lord hath need of his service. [32] And they that were sent, went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said unto them. [33] And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt? [34] But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him. [35] And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon.[36] And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way. [37] And when he was now coming near the descent of mount Olivet, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen, [38] Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high! [39] And some of the Pharisees, from amongst the multitude, said to him: Master, rebuke thy disciples. [40] To whom he said: I say to you, that if these shall hold their peace, the stones will cry out.

Commentary (De Lapide)

Ver. 37.—To praise God with aloud voice (saying, Hosanna to the Son of David, Matt. xxi 9) for all the mighty works they had seen. Chiefly the resurrection to life of Lazarus, for it was because of this that the multitude came to meet Him. John xii. 18. So Bede.

Ver. 38.—Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord. That is, our King, the Messiah or Christ, who was sent by God to save us and give us His blessing.

Peace in heaven. That through Christ we may have peace with God and the angels, who are offended at our sins, and therefore glory on high, to Him who dwells in the heavens. “He is called the King,” says Bede, “not to exact tribute or to arm a host, and visibly destroy His enemies, but because He rules our souls and leads us up into heaven.” “Because,” he adds, “Christ shone forth in the flesh as the Propitiation of the whole world. Rightly therefore the Heavenly Host, that is the angels who sang at His birth and men who praised Him, when He was about to return to heaven, unite one with another in His praises.” Theophylact: “It is shown that the former war, in which we opposed God, has vanished away, and that God is praised by the angels in such a Reconciliation. The same fact, also, that God walks in our land shows that He is in unity with us.”

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