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God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world ; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto mé, to every man that is among you, not to think, of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of Faith. $ For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
The Gospel. S. Luke 2. 41.
of the pasfover. I And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jefus tarried behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they suppofing him to have been in the company, went a days journey, and they fought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days: * they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them ques
s For as we have many Members &c. St. Paul in And when he was twelve years old, c. Obferve this passage compares the Christian Church, to the hu- here the care which our Lord's reputed Parents took to man Body, in which, as he says elsewhere, Christ re- instil into his Mind an early regard for Religion, acfembles the Head, as he is the Head of the Church. cording to the precepts of the Law of Mofis, Exod. Therefore as all parts of the human Body, whether xxiv. 23. Deut. xvi. 16. How much is it to be wished high or low, whether more or less active or honourable, that all Parents would learn from this Example to bring still bear a relation to each other, and are united under up their Children in the nurture and admonition of the one Head : So is it in the Christian Church; in which Lord; not only by instructing them in words, but also though some are placed in higher, some in lower stations leading them by their own practice, in the discharge of life, some have greater or lesser abilities than others; of their duty, yet each is related to the whole,' and should consider, * They found him in the Temple, &c. It seems as if thai, whatever advantages he enjoys above the reit, Jefus had prefented himself to the Doctors to be catethey are the gift of God: and are therefore fo far chised: and probably took occasion at this Time motaom being a reason for Pride, that they call for to mueh destly to correct fome of the Errors which had then the greater diligence, and activity in the employment crept into the Jewish Church. Hence he might jusly of chem for the benefit of others.
be said to be about his Faber's Business.
tions. And all that heard him, were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother faid unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us ? behold, thy father and I have fought thee forrowing. :-And he said unto them, How is it that ye fought med wift
not that I must be about my Fathers business? And they understocd not this faying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, up and was subject -unto them: but his mother kept all these fayings in her heart. And Jesus' increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man, * The fecond Sunday after the Epiphany.
heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the fupplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life, through Jefus Christ our Lord. Amen. ,
The Epistle: Rom. 12. 6...
given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophefy according to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation : he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity ; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with chearfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil, cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to
Paraphrafe on the Collett for the second Sunday after the Epiphang. All powerful and eternal God, who ruleft over all which is fuperior to all worldly Comforts, through'jefus Things visible and invisible, graciously hear our Pray- Chrilt our Lorde ers, and give us, through Life, that peace of Mind
† And was subject unto them, &'c. If the Saviour of gion, is that which is moft worthy of our pursuit in the World paid a dutiful obedience to those who were only his reputed Parents : how much stronger an obli
I Having then Gifts differing, &c. This is an Exgation lies upon us to be subje&t to those from whom hortation to such as are Members of the Christian under Heaven we derive our being and support.
Church, not to envy those who are placed in stations
above them, nor despise those who are below them : . Let us observe here that it is of God's Mercies in but for each, according to his abilities, faithfully and Christ Jefus that our Petitions are heard : and that the diligently to discharge the office appointed him for Peace of Mind which flows from the practice of Relithe benefit of those whom it concerns,
another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another: not slothful in business ; fervent in fpirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; I continuing inftant in prayer ; distributing to the necessity of faints'; given to hospitality. Blefs them which persecute you; bless, and curse. not. 4-Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that iweep! Be of the same mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.
The Gospel. S. John 2. 1.
and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage.' And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus faith unto her, I Woman what have I'to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother faith unto the servants, Whatsoever, he faith unto you, do it. And there were set there fix water-pots of stone; after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins, apicce. Jesus faith unto them, Fill the water-pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he faith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the Governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the waterthat was made wine, and knew not
Continuing instant in Prayer, &c. This does not for cur Fellow Creatures, as will make us partake in signify that we must be continually praying,- so as to some measure in their Joys and Sorrows, and induce us, negle at every other employment: but that according according to our abilities to promote their welfare. to our Saviour's parable of the importunate Widow, we Woman what have I to do with thee? The word, are not to be ditcouraged if our Petitions are not heard Woman seems to be a very harsh expression, aecording so soon as we might desire; but constantly to persevere to our Translation: But the word in the Original apin our fupplications to God for affiftance; he being pears to have been made use of amongst the Greeks as fcmetimes pleased to defer answering our Requests, in a term of honour and respect. And What have I 10 crder to increase in us a sense of his benefits, and of do with thee might have been translated in a milder our dependence upon him.
manner, What bast thou to do with me ? which carries + Rejoice with ibem, &c. This is one instance among in it a gentle Reproof indeed, and fignifies that the many, how excellently Christianity is adapted to human acted improperly, in attempting to direct him in the Nature: fince it is not designed to root out the paffions, duties of his Ministry: but it is plain, from the orbet to regulate them'; it does not recommend to us a der which she gave to the Servants, that the did not Storical insensibility, and unconcern about the affairs interpret it as a mark of disrespect. of others, but such a benevolent sympathy and regard
whence it was, (but the servants which drew the water knew) the
infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epistle. Rom. 12. 16.
evil for evil. + Provide things honest in the light of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, faith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink : || for in so doing thou shalt heap
Paraphrase on the ColleE for the third Sunday after the Epiphary.. Most mighty and eternal God, have pity upon the gers to which we are exposed; for the sake of Jesus Infirmities and Weakness of our Nature ; and allift and Christ our Lord. preserve us by thy power in all the wants and dan
This beginning of Miracles, &c. Tho' our Lord's that we have fulfilled this Precept merely by performfurnishing Wine on this occasion by Miracle shews ing the duties of justice in our dealings with Mankind : that a chearful use of God's Creatures, within the but we must be careful also to act with fuch decency and bounds of real in and moderation, is lawful; yet we are discretion in general, (as the original fignifies) that by no means to suppose, from the quantity, that it was they who are no Friends to Religion, may not take intended to promote intemperance; but probably as
occafion from our Conduct to fpeak evil of our proa provision for the future occasions of the new married fedion. couple: jefus thus modestly, tho' miraculously making ! For in so doing thou shalt heap, &c. This exprefthem a present.
fion is evidently taken from Prov. xxv. 21. 22. and is # We are hence taught to trust that God will deal an allufion to the practice of Artificers in preparing mercifully with such Infirmities as cleave to our Nature; their Metals. For as by heaping Coals of Fire upon and to look upon him as our only Refuge and Pro- thein they make them yield and relent, and thereby ren
der them more apt to be formed for the purposes they + Provide Things honeft, &c. We are not to suppose are designed for: fo by Shewing acts of Kindness and
coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 8. 1.
titudes followed him. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, bé thou 'clean. And immediately his leprofy was cleansed. And Jesus faith unto him. § See thou tell no man, but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a testimony unto them. And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home fick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus faith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my fervant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say unto this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh ; and to my fervant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said unto them that followed, Verily, I say unto you, || I have not found fo great faith, no not in Ifrael. + And I say unto you, that many fhall come from the east and west, and shall fit down with Abraham, and Ifaac,and Jacob, Charity to our Enemies in their necellity; we shall take it was wrought, before he had passed Judgement the most effe&ual means to melt them down into Re- upon it, he might have refused to pronounce the Man pentance, Goodwill and Affection. A victory this far clean. fuperior to the conquest of Kingdoms.
ll. I have not found fa great Faith, &c. The CentuSee thou tell no Man, &c. The general reason why rion's Faith was remarkable in that he supposed that our Lordon this, as well as several other occasions, gave Diseases of all kinds were as much subject to Christ's fach an order, might be left the fame of his Miracles command, tho' at a distance, as his Soldiers were to being made too public, the People should take him by him. force, and make him a King; and their Rulers be there † And I say unto you, that many, Esc. This is 2. by provoked to cat him off, before he had fulfilled the Prophecy that the Gentiles should shortly.be called to course of his Miniftry. But with respect to the Leper partake in the Blessings and Privileges of the Gospel : he might perhaps order him to keep his Cure private, whilf the Jews, who boasted themselves to be God's till according to the Law, he had thewn himself to the peculiar People, should through their Unbelief, be Priest. Because, had the Priest known by what means rejected.