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Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.

5th Sunday After Epiphany

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Epistle for
The 5th Sunday After Epiphany
Colossians 3:12-17.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, Chapter 3, Verses 12-17.


Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, Holy, and beloved, the Virtues of Mercy, Benignity, Humility, Modesty, Patience:

Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another:  even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.

But above all these things have Charity, which is the bond of perfection:  And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body:  and be ye thankful.

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all Wisdom:  teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Canticles, singing in Grace in your hearts to God.

All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

Gospel for
The 5th Sunday After Epiphany
Matthew 13:24-30.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 13, Verses 24-30.

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to the crowds:

The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seeds in his field.
But while men were asleep, his enemy came and oversowed cockle among the wheat and went his way.  And when the blade was sprung up, and had brought forth fruit, then appeared also the cockle.

And the servants of the goodman of the house coming said to him:

Sir, didst thou not sow good seed in thy field?  whence then hath it cockle?
And he said to them:
An enemy hath done this.
And the servants said to him:
Wilt thou that we go and gather it up?
And he said:
No, lest perhaps gathering up the cockle, you root up the wheat also together with it.  Suffer both to grow until the harvest, and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers:
Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.
Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.
Please be seated.

“Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 13:30.)

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Tuesday, September 20, some years before Synod Vatican 2 ever began, was Our first class in Greek in the Seminary Theologate.  Later that same year, Our Seminary Professor of Greek told the class he was going to be sent to Jerusalem at the conclusion of the then current Scholastic year to conclude his studies for his doctorate in Sacred Scripture which is the most difficult of all doctorates to get because the candidate needs to be able to read, write, and speak Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek, and Latin, fluently.

In addition, the candidate also needs to know the history of the Israelites and their neighbors, their social and religious customs, their geography, and even what today is called “slang” which, in the study of the Bible, is called “Hebrewisms”.

This is why We always suggest that the Laity focus primarily on reading only the New Testament and even then to exclude at least the profound parts of the Epistles of Saint Paul which, as even Saint Peter said, are difficult to understand.  But even more difficult to understand is the Old Testament for some of the reasons We have just mentioned.

Today, in the explanation of the deeper meaning of today’s Gospel passage, We will be quoting from the Old Testament.  When you first hear these quotes, you might think they are irrelevant or even illogical? This is due in part to these passages of Sacred Scripture being quoted out of context. The only way to totally understand such passages is to either have a doctorate in Sacred Scripture or to have read an exegetical explanation of a specific Scripture passage.

In today’s brief Gospel passage, We will explain the much deeper meanings of five things, namely:

1)  the “cockle”;
2)  the term “bind it into bundles to burn”;
3)  the “wheat”;
4)  the term “gather ye into my barn”;
5)  “barn”.
In this Gospel passage, Christ is using the agricultural terms with which his audience was familiar in order to explain Heaven to the people of that time and place.

1)  the “cockle”:

First, the sins of the wicked are symbolized by the “cockle” of which there are three kinds of “cockle” which symbolize the sins of:

1) extravagance;
2) avarice or greed;
3) pride.
The first of these are called “darnel” which signify extravagance.   Darnel perverts the state of the reason, just as does extravagance, according to Ezechiel 23:9:
“Upon whom she doted”.
Also, Osee 4:11:
“Fornication, and wine, and drunkenness, take away the understanding.”
And, 3 Kings 11:3, in reference to Solomon:
“His wives turned away his heart.”
The second are called “vetch” which, being bitter, signify avarice and which afflicts those who have the proverbial covetous eyeballs as you read in Ecclesiastes 5:12-13:
“Riches kept to the hurt of the owner. For they are lost with very great affliction”.
In other words, there is a “grievous evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:12) in gathering riches, an even worse evil in hoarding riches, and the “most deplorable evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:15) in losing or leaving them because “he hath laboured for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 5:15)!  Thus the lot of those who are extremely immoral, worldly, paganistic, and materialistic.

The third are called “wild oats” which, because of their uselessness, signify pride as you read in Job 11:12:

“A vain man is lifted up into pride.”

2)  the term “bind it into bundles to burn”:

Second is the punishment of the wicked who will, like cockle, be bound “into bundles to burn”of which there are three kinds of punishments:

1) chained in bundles;
2) extreme heat and cold;
3) an eternal black hole.
The first kind of punishment is for those who want their freedom from all of the duties and responsibilities of their state in life because this is the punishment of chains which binds them together into bundles where you read in the book of Wisdom 17:17:
“They were all bound together with one chain of darkness.”
The second kind of punishment is that of an unquenchable burning fire that does not consume and which is mingled with freezing temperatures where you read in Isaias 66:24:
“Their worm shall not die, and their fire shall not be quenched: and they shall be a loathsome sight to all flesh.”
The fire burns but does not consume where you read in Wisdom 19:20:
“On the other side, the flames wasted not the flesh of corruptible animals.”
But with the excessive heat, cold is also mingled where you read in Matthew 13:42:
“Into the furnace of fire:  there shall be weeping [from the excessive heat] and the gnashing of teeth [from the intense bitter cold].”
The Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches:
“Thus the Gloss.  It will most cruelly afflict, as Saint Augustine says, ‘So much hotter will it be than our fire since our fire is but mere painted fire’”.   (“Ninety-Nine Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Epistles and Gospels for Forty-Nine Sundays:  The Epiphany and ante-Lenten Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Sermon 10, The Tares and the Wheat. Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany; from the Gospel.”)  In other words, a painting of a fire does not burn anyone or anything.
The third kind of punishment is that every punishment, of whatever kind, will be both eternal and in pitch black darkness with no light of any kind, a kind of black hole, so to speak, where you read in Matthew 25:41:
“Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.”
It will be a tremendously intense heat, but without any light where you read in Psalm 28:7:
“The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire.”
In other words, a flame of fire possess both light and heat.  But as part of the punishment of the wicked, the Lord will divide the flame of fire so that only the intense heat remains without any light.

3)  the “wheat”:

Third is the Virtuous Life of the Just which is symbolized by the “wheat” of which there are three kinds of “wheat”:

1) white;
2) red;
3) heavy.
The first kind of “wheat” is white because it represents the Virtue of Purity.

The second kind of “wheat” is red because it represents the Virtue of Charity of those who practice the Virtue of Purity where you read in the Canticle of Canticles 5:10:

"My Beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.”
The third kind of “wheat” is heavy because it is heavy by the gravity of good manners where you read in Psalm 34:18:
“I will praise thee among strong people.”

4)  the term “gather ye into my barn”:

Fourth, the glory of the Just is expressed by the words “gather ye into my barn” of which there are three kinds of barns:

1) spacious;
2) refreshing;
3) enduring.
The first kind of “barn” is one that is spacious, for the sake of cordiality where you read in Psalm 25:8:
“I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy House; and the place where Thy Glory dwelleth.”
The second kind of “barn” is one that is refreshing, for the sake of joy where you read in Psalm 111:3:
“Glory and wealth shall be in his house.”
The third kind of “barn” is one that is enduring due to it being eternal where you read in 2 Corinthians 5:1:
“For we know, if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved, that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in Heaven.”

5)  “barn”:

Fifth, the abundance of God’s rewards for the Just in Heaven which abundance is represented by:

1) corn;
2) wine;
3) oil.
The first kind of “abundance” is corn which is the joy of the vision of God the Son, Jesus Christ, where you read in Psalm 80:17:
“And He fed them with the fat of wheat, and filled them with honey out of the ROCK of Himself.”
In John 12:24-25 you read:
“Amen, amen I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground die, itself remaineth alone.  But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
The second kind of “abundance” is wine which is the joy of the vision of God the Father where you read in Psalm 103:15:
“And that wine may cheer the heart of man.”
The third kind of “abundance” is oil which is the joy of the vision of God the Holy Ghost where you read in Psalm 103:15:
“That He may make the face cheerful with oil.”
Again, Psalm 44:8:
“Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”  The “oil of gladness” is God the Holy Ghost.
All three kinds of “abundance” are mentioned together where you read in Genesis 27:28:
“God give thee of the dew of Heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, abundance of corn and wine.”
Finally, in 2 Esdras 13:5:
“And he made him a great storeroom... of the corn, of the wine, and of the oil.”
In summary, it is so amazing how the immense depths of the Wisdom of God can compress so much meaning into but so few words which yet take so many, many hours of meditation to mine and to begin to slowly understand.

The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers

It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)

Let us now review our resolutions:

For your resolutions, by the Grace of God, beginning right now, firmly resolve to live a life of Virtue, not vice, remembering the terrible punishments of those who go to Hell - also called the “bottomless pit” - in which Souls really ARE chained by actual physical chains - because the term the “chains of Hell” is not symbolic, but refers to real physical chains.  It is hoped that the horrendous punishments of Hell will be a motivational factor for everyone to firmly resolve, by the Grace of God, to never, ever, commit even one Mortal Sin, and to refrain from Venial Sins as well, because Venial Sins tend to too quickly turn into Mortal Sins!

Remember the wonderful rewards of those who live a Life of Virtue, remembering how God has promised each of us who are faithful and true to Him that joy of the second kind of “barn” which is the one that is “refreshing”, saying:

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes:  and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.” (Apocalypse 21:4.)
As a final resolution, in the Holy Name of Jesus, and in an exercise of Catholic Charity, please contribute to the support of  this Traditional Catholic Mass website.

Please help us to save Souls!  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and Charity! Remember, God is never outdone in generosity!!!

Think how happy you will be when, in the next life, God shows you all of the Souls you helped to save by helping our Apostolates, including this Sermon web site, because "he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins." (James 5:20.)

“And in doing good, let us not fail.  For in due time we shall reap, not failing.  Therefore, whilst we have time, let us work good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians  6:9-10.)
God Bless You!  Remember: “Charity covereth a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8.)

“Gather up first the cockle, and bind it into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather ye into my barn.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 13:30.)
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cślum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

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The Rosary will really make a
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The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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