in His holy and undefiled hands, and, looking up to Thee His God and Father, "He brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, This is the mystery of the new covenant: take of it, and eat. This is my body, which is broken for many, for the remission of sins."
we have not only these things, but also that which is recorded about the traitor Judas, who in appearance championed the cause of the poor, and said with indignation, "This ointment might have been sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor,"
Moreover, there have not been wanting those who esteemed burial as superfluous, and said that it was no evil to lie unburied and neglected; but their impious wisdom is rejected alike by the whole human race, and by the divine expressions which command the performance of the rite.
on the first day of unleavened bread, on which they slew the lamb at even, just as had been enjoined by Moses.
. Which prediction was thus also fulfilled, that "on the first day of unleavened bread"
that, when the Lord was about to celebrate the last Passover, He said to the disciples who were sent to make preparation, "Ye will meet a man bearing water."
and, "It were better for him if he had never been born; "
As if it has not been necessary also that there should be evil! It was even necessary that the Lord should be betrayed; but woe to the traitor!
At those times, however, in which He lived on earth we lay this down definitively, that it is no prejudgment against us if pardon used to be conferred on sinners-even Jewish ones. For Christian discipline dates from the renewing of the Testament,
We thank thee, our Father, for the holy vine of David Thy servant,
Even as we do not apprehend that Peter in the Gospel suffered this alone, but all the disciples, to whom, though already baptized, the Lord afterwards says, that "all ye shall be offended in me,"
"I never knew you; depart from me, ye who work iniquity,"
This passage He confirms by subsequent ones, saying, "Pray that ye be not tempted; "
It is something possible; for I Mark makes mention of His saying, "Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee."
as the Lord has said: "The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak."
But when we ask that we may not come into temptation, we are reminded of our infirmity and weakness in that we thus ask, lest any should insolently vaunt himself, lest any should proudly and arrogantly assume anything to himself, lest any should take to himself the glory either of confession or of suffering as his own, when the Lord Himself, teaching humility, said, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak; "
etc., and, again, "That the things spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled."
Mark 14:58 - NIV, NAB - in Cyprian Treatise XII Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews
And "After three days another shall be raised up without hands."
It follows from this that the first day is to be called the "earthly" day, and the second the psychical, the resurrection of the Church not having taken place on them. Now the statements of the false witnesses, recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew and Mark
Mark 14:62 - NIV, NAB - in Fragments of Clement from the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus
Now, in the Gospel according to Mark, the Lord being interrogated by the chief of the priests if He was the Christ, the Son of the blessed God, answering, said, "I am;
Mark 14:62 - NIV, NAB - in Pseudo-Gregory Thaumaturgus Twelve Topics on the Faith
and again, "When ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the Father; "
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