Life of Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
1774-1824
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 of which He generally made use on such occasions: "What man shall there be among you that hath one sheep: and if the same fall into a pit on the Sab­bath day, will he not take hold on it and lift it up! How much better is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath day." He was very much troubled at the obduracy of these men, and His angry glance penetrated to the bot­tom of their soul. Taking the arm of the poor man in His left hand, He stroked it down with the right, straightened out and separated the crooked fingers, and said: "Stretch out thy hand!" The man stretched out his hand and moved it. It had become as long as the other and was perfectly cured. The whole scene was the work of an instant. The man cast him­self with thanks at Jesus' feet and the people broke forth into shouts of jubilation, while the enraged Pharisees withdrew to the entrance of the synagogue to discuss what they had witnessed. Jesus next drove the devil from the possessed whom He had left wait­ing at the door, and instantly speech and hearing were given him. The people again shouted for joy, and the Pharisees again gave utterance to their slan­derous expression: "He has a devil! He drives out one devil by the help of another!" Jesus turned toward them and said: "Who among you can convict Me of sin? If the tree is good, so too is the fruit good; if the tree is evil, so also is the fruit evil, for by the fruit the tree is known. O generation of vipers, how can you speak good things, whereas you are evil! Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."

At these words, the Pharisees set up a great cry: "He shall make an end of all this! We have had enough of this!" and one of them carried his inso­lence so far as to call out: "Dost Thou not know that we can put Thee out?" Jesus and the disciples now left the synagogue, and hurried by different routes, some to Mary's house, some to Peter's near the lake.

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 Jesus took a repast at His Mother's, and then passed the night with The Twelve in Peter's house. The lat­ter, being the more distant of the two, afforded a safer retreat.

The whole of the following day Jesus, the Twelve Apostles, and the disciples spent at Peter's healing the sick. The multitude was waiting for Him and seeking Him in many places, but He remained shut up in the house.

During the day Jesus called before Him the Apos­tles and disciples, two and two, as He had sent them, and received from them an account of all that had happened to them during their mission. He solved the doubts and difficulties that had arisen in certain circumstances, and instructed them how they should act in the future. He told them again that He would soon give them a new mission. The six Apostles who had been laboring in Upper Galilee had been well received. They had found the people well disposed and had in consequence baptized many. The others, who had gone to Judea, had not baptized any, and here and there had experienced contradiction.

The crowd around the house becoming greater and greater, Jesus and His followers slipped away secretly. The stars shed their light down upon the little party as they hurried along the bypaths to Peter's barque. They ferried across the lake and landed between Matthew's custom house and Little Corozain. From there they climbed the mountain at whose foot stood the custom house, for Jesus wanted to instruct the disciples in solitude. But the multitude had caught a glimpse of their departure, and the news soon spread through the tents of the encampment. The crowd near Bethsaida soon crossed, some over the lake, others further up over the Jordan bridge, and so Jesus and His party here on the mountain were again surrounded by the immense multitude. The disciples ranged the people in order, and Jesus began again His instruc­tions on the Beatitudes and prayer. He again explained

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 the first petition of the Our Father. As the hours flew by, the crowds increased. People came from all the cities around, from Julias, Corozain, and Gergesa, bringing with them the sick and possessed. Numbers were healed by Jesus and the disciples.

The instructions over, the multitude dispersed the next day at the place on which this sermon on the mount had been delivered. Jesus with the Apostles and disciples then retired higher up the mountain to a shady, solitary spot. Besides The Twelve, there were with Jesus seventy-two disciples. Among them were the two soldiers from Machaerus and some that had not yet been formally received as disciples and had never been on a mission. The sons of Joseph's brother were there.

Jesus then instructed the disciples upon the work in store for them. He told them that they should take with them neither purse nor money nor bread, but only a staff and a pair of sandals; that wher­ever they were ungraciously received, they should shake the dust from their shoes. He gave them some general directions for their coming duties as Apos­tles and disciples, called them the salt of the earth, and spoke of the light that must not be placed under a bushel, and of the city seated upon a mountain. Still He did not inform them of the full measure of persecution awaiting them.

The main point, however, of this instruction was that by which Jesus drew a definitive line between the Apostles and the disciples, the former of whom were set over the latter. To them He said that they should send and call the disciples as He Himself sent and called them, namely, the Apostles. This they were empowered to do by virtue of their own mis­sion. Among the disciples Jesus likewise formed sev­eral classes, setting the eldest and best instructed over the younger and more recently received. He arranged them in the following manner, the Apos­tles, two by two, headed by Peter and John. The

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 elder disciples formed a circle around them, and back of these the younger, according to the rank He had assigned them. Then He addressed to them words of earnest and touching instruction, and imposed hands upon the Apostles as a ratification of the dig­nity to which He had raised them; the disciples, He merely blessed. All this was done with the greatest tranquility. The whole scene was deeply impressive. No one offered the least resistance or showed the least sign of discontent. By this time it was evening, and Jesus with Andrew, John, Philip, and James the Less, plunged deeper into the mountains, and there spent the night in prayer.

12. The Feeding of the Five Thousand

When next morning Jesus and the Apostles returned to the mount upon which He had already taught several times on the Eight Beatitudes, He found the multitude assembled. The other Apostles had arranged the sick in sheltered places. Jesus and the Apostles began to heal and to instruct. Many who in those days had now come for the first time to Capharnaum, knelt in a circle to receive Baptism. The water, which had been brought for that purpose in leathern bottles, was sprinkled over them three at a time.

The Mother of Jesus had come with the other women, and she now helped among the sick women and children. She did not exchange words with Jesus, but returned betimes to Capharnaum.

Jesus taught of the Eight Beatitudes and went as far as the sixth. The instruction on prayer begun at Capharnaum He repeated, and explained some of the petitions of the Our Father.

Teaching and healing went on till after four o'clock, and all this time the listening crowds had had noth­ing to eat. They had now followed from the day before, and the scanty provisions they had brought

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 with them were exhausted. Many among them were quite weak and languishing for nourishment. The Apostles, noticing this, approached Jesus with the request that He would close the instruction in order that the people might hunt up lodgings for the night and procure food. Jesus replied: "They need not go away for that. Give them here something to eat!" Philip made answer: "Shall we go and buy two hun­dred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?" This he said with some unwillingness, because he thought Jesus was about to lay upon them the fatigue of gathering up from the environs sufficient bread for all that crowd. Jesus answered: "See how many loaves you have!" and went on with His discourse. There was in the crowd a servant, who had been sent by his master with five loaves and two fishes as a present to the Apostles, Andrew told this to Jesus with the words: "But what is that among so many?" Jesus ordered the loaves and fishes to be brought, and when they were laid on the sod before Him, He continued the explanation of the petition for daily bread. Many of the people were fainting, and the children were crying for bread. Then Jesus, in order to try Philip, asked him: "Where shall we buy bread, that these people may eat?" and Philip answered: "Two hundred pennyworth would not be sufficient for all this crowd." Jesus said: "Let the people be seated, the most famished by fifties, the others in groups of a hundred; and bring Me the baskets of bread that you have at hand." The disci­ples set before Him a row of shallow baskets woven of broad strips of bark, such as were used for bread. Then they scattered among the people, whom they arranged in fifties and hundreds all down the ter­raced mountain, which was clothed with grass beau­tiful and long. Jesus was above, the people seated below Him on the mountainside.

Near the place upon which Jesus taught was a high, mossy bank, in which were several caves. On

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 it Jesus directed a broad napkin to be spread, upon which were deposited the five loaves and two fishes. The loaves lay one upon the other on the napkin. They were long and narrow, about two inches in thickness. The crust was thin and yellow, and the inside, though not perfectly white, was close and fine. They were marked with stripes to make it more easy to break them or cut them with a knife. The fish were of a good arm's length. Their heads were somewhat projecting, not like our fish. Cut up, roasted, and ready for eating, they lay upon large leaves. Another man had brought a couple of hon­eycombs, and they too were laid on the napkin.

When the disciples numbered the people and seated them in fifties and hundreds as Jesus had directed, He cut the five loaves with a bone knife, and the fish, which had been split down lengthwise, He divided into crosspieces. After that He took one of the loaves in His hands, raised it on high and prayed. He did the same with one of the fish. I do not remem­ber whether He did the same with the honey or not. Three of the disciples were at His side. Jesus now blessed the bread, the fish, and the honey, and began to break the cross-sections into pieces, and these again into smaller portions. Every portion immedi­ately increased to the original size of the loaf, and on its surface appeared, as before, the dividing lines. Jesus then broke the individual pieces into portions sufficiently large to satisfy a man, and gave with each a piece of fish. Saturnin, who was at His side, laid the piece of fish upon the portion of bread, and a young disciple of the Baptist, a shepherd's son, who later on became a Bishop, laid upon each a small quantity of honey. There was no perceptible diminu­tion in the fish, and the honeycomb appeared to in­crease. Thaddeus laid the portions of bread upon which were the fish and honey in the flat baskets, which were then borne away to those in most need, who sat in the fifties and were served first.

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As soon as the empty baskets were brought back, they were exchanged for full ones, and so the work went on for about two hours until all had been fed. They that had a wife and children (and these were separated from the men) found their portion so large that they could abundantly share with them. The people drank of the water that had been conveyed thither in leathern bottles. Most of them used cups formed of bark folded into the shape of a cone, and others had with them hollow gourds.

The whole affair was conducted most expeditiously and with perfect order. The Apostles and disciples were, for the most part, occupied in carrying the baskets here and there and in distributing their con­tents'. But all were silent and filled with amazement at the sight of such a multiplication. The size of the loaves was about two spans, or eighteen inches in length, and a fifth less in breadth. They were divided by ridges into twenty parts, five in length and four in breadth, so that the substance of everyone of those parts increased fiftyfold, in order to feed five thousand men. The bread was a good three fingers in thickness. The fish were cut in two lengthwise. Jesus divided each half into numerous portions. It was only the two fish all the time, for it was in sub­stance and not in number that they were most won­derfully increased.

When all had satisfied their hunger, Jesus bade the disciples to go around with the baskets and gather up the scraps, that nothing might be lost. They col­lected twelve baskets full. A great many of the peo­ple asked to take some of the pieces home with them as souvenirs. There were no soldiers present this time, though I was accustomed to see many at all the other great instructions. They had been called to Hesebon, where Herod was then sojourning.

When the people arose from their meal, they gath­ered everywhere in groups, full of wonder and admi­ration at this miracle of the Lord. From mouth to

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 mouth ran the word: "This man is genuine! He is the Prophet that was to come into the world! He is the Promised One!"

It was now growing dusk, so Jesus bade the dis­ciples go to their barques and cross before Him to Bethsaida; meanwhile He would take leave of the people and then follow. The disciples obeyed. Tak­ing the baskets of bread they went down to their ships, and some of them crossed over to Bethsaida at once. The Apostles and some of the older disci­ples remained behind a little longer and then departed on Peter's barque.

Jesus now dismissed the multitude, who were deeply moved. Scarcely had He left the spot upon which He had been teaching when the shout arose: "He has given us bread! He is our King! We will make Him our King!" But Jesus disappeared into the solitude, and there gave Himself up to prayer.

13. Jesus Walks on the Sea

Peter's barque, with the Apostles and several of the disciples, was delayed during the night by con­trary winds. They rowed vigorously, but were dri­ven to the south of the proper direction. I saw that every two hours little boats with torches were sent out from either bank. They bore belated passengers to the large ships, and served in the darkness to mark their direction. As, like sentinels, they were relieved every two hours, they were here called night watches. I saw these boats changed four times, while Peter's ship was being driven south of its right course.

Then Jesus walked on the sea in a direction from northeast to southwest. He was shining with light. Rays darted from Him, and one could see His image reversed in the water under His feet. To walk in a direction from Bethsaida-Julias to Tiberias, almost opposite which was Peter's ship, Jesus had to pass between the two night boats that were rowing out

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 into the sea, one from Capharnaum and the other from the opposite bank. The people in these boats, seeing Him walking, raised a long cry of fear and sounded a horn, for they took Him for a phantom.· The Apostles on Peter's ship which, in order to find the true course, was guiding itself by the light from one of those boats, glanced in the direction of the sound, and saw Him coming toward them. He appeared to be gliding along more rapidly than in ordinary walking, and wherever He approached, the sea became calm. But a fog rested upon the water, so that He could be seen only at a certain distance. Although they had once before seen Him thus walk­ing, still the unusual and specter-like sight filled them with terror, and they uttered great cry.

But suddenly they recalled the circumstance of Jesus' first walking on the water, and Peter, once more desirous of showing his faith, cried out again in his ardor: "Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come to Thee!" Jesus replied: "Come!" This time Peter ran a greater distance toward Jesus, but his faith did not yet suffice. He was already close to Him when he again thought of his danger, and on the instant began to sink. He stretched out his hand and cried: "Lord, save me!" He did not, however, sink to so great a depth as the first time. Jesus again addressed to him the words: "0 thou of little faith, why dost thou doubt?" When Jesus mounted the ship, all ran to cast themselves at His feet, crying: "Truly, Thou art the Son of God!" Jesus reproved them for their fear and little faith, gave them a severe reprimand, and then instructed them upon the Our Father. He ordered them to steer more to the south. They now had a favorable wind and made the journey quickly, taking meanwhile a little rest in the cabin under the rower's stand around the mast. The storm on this occasion was not so violent as that of the pre­ceding, but they had got into the current of the lake, which in the middle was very strong, and they

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 could not get out of it.

Jesus allowed Peter to come to Him on the water in order to humble him, for He knew very well that he was going to sink. Peter was very fiery and strong in believing, and in his zeal he wanted to give a tes­timony of his faith to Jesus and the disciples. By his sinking, he was preserved from pride. The oth­ers had not sufficient confidence to wish to follow his example and, while wondering at Peter's faith, they could see that although it excelled their own it was not yet what it ought to be.

At sunrise Peter's ship put to on the east side of the lake at a little hamlet consisting of only a cou­ple of rows of houses between Magdala and Dal­manutha. The hamlet belonged to the latter. It is this place that is meant when the Gospel says, "into the parts of Dalmanutha." (Mark 8:10).

As soon as they perceived the approach of the ship, the inhabitants began to get all their sick ready, and they came to meet Jesus on the shore. He and the disciples healed in the streets. After that He went to a hill at a short distance beyond Dalmanutha, where all the inhabitants, Jews and pagans, assem­bled around Him. There He taught upon the Eight Beatitudes and the Our Father. He also healed the sick whom they had brought with them.

This little place was near the ferry, and in it the toll was paid. The people in general were occupied with the transportation of iron from the iron city of Ephron unto Basan. This was the point from which they shipped iron to all the other seaports of Galilee. From the mountains they could see over into Ephron.

From this place Jesus embarked with the Apos­tles for Tarichaea, which was situated from three to four hours south of Tiberias. The city was built on a height, a quarter of an hour from the seashore, down to which, however, were houses scattered here and there. The shore from this point to the efflux of the Jordan was bordered with a wall strong and

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 black, upon which a road extended. It was a recently built city, very beautiful and of pagan architecture, with colonnades in front of the houses. In the mar­ketplace was a beautiful fountain protected by a pil­lared roof.

Jesus went at once to this fountain and thither flocked the people with their sick, whom He healed. Numbers of women stood veiled with their children at some distance behind the men. Pharisees and Sadducees were standing around Jesus, among them some Herodians, while He discoursed upon the Eight Beatitudes and the Our Father. The Pharisees were not slow in bringing forward their accusations which, as ever, turned upon the same points, namely, that He frequented the society of publicans and sinners, that He attracted after Him women of bad repute, that His disciples did not wash their hands before meals, that He cured upon the Sabbath, etc. Jesus cut them short, and called the children to Him. After curing, instructing, and blessing them, He presented them to the Pharisees with the words: "Ye must become like unto these."

Tarichaea was less elevated than Tiberias. Quan­tities of fish were here salted and dried. Before enter­ing the city, the traveler met large wooden frames upon which the fish lay drying.

The country in these parts was uncommonly fer­tile. The heights around the city were covered with terraces full of vineyards and every variety of fruit trees. The whole region as far as Thabor and the Baths of Bethulia was, beyond all conception, bloom­ing, teeming with abundance. It was most generally known as the Land of Genesareth.

Toward evening Jesus left Tarichaea and sailed with the disciples across the lake in a northeasterly direction. He taught while on the ship, but only of the Our Father, and this time of the fourth petition. When alone with them, Jesus always prepared His disciples for His public, more elevated teachings.

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14. Jesus Teaches of the Bread of Life

Jesus spent the night on the ship, which was anchored on the shore between Matthew's custom office and Bethsaida-Julias. Next morning He dis­coursed upon the Our Father before about a hun­dred people, and toward midday sailed with the disciples to the region of Capharnaum, where they landed unnoticed and went at once to Peter's. Here Jesus met Lazarus, who had come hither with Veron­ica's son and some people from Hebron.

When Jesus ascended the height behind Peter's house, over which ran the shortest route from Capharnaum to Bethsaida, the multitude encamped around it followed Him. Several of those present the day before at the multiplication of the loaves, and who had been seeking Him ever since, asked Him: "Rabbi, when camest Thou hither? We have been seeking Thee on both sides of the lake." Jesus, at the same time beginning His sermon, answered them: "Amen, amen, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of Man will give you. For Him hath God the Father sealed." These words stand thus in the Gospel, but they are only the prin­cipal points of those that Jesus pronounced on this occasion, for He dwelt largely on the subject. The people whispered to one another: "What does He mean by the Son of Man? We are all children of man!" When upon His admonition that they should do the works of God, they asked what they should do to fulfill those works, He answered: "Believe in Him whom He hath sent!" And then He gave them an instruction upon faith. They asked again what kind of a miracle He would perform that they might believe. Moses gave their fathers bread from Heaven

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 that they might believe in him, namely, the manna. What, they now asked, was Jesus going to give them. To this Jesus answered: "I say to you, Moses gave you not bread from Heaven, but My Father giveth you the true bread from Heaven. For the bread of God is that which cometh down from Heaven and giveth life to the world."

Of this bread Jesus taught in detail, and some of them said to Him: "Lord, give us always this bread!" But others objected: "His Father gives us bread from Heaven! How can that be? His father Joseph is already dead!" Jesus continued to teach on the same subject, dwelling upon it at great length, develop­ing it and explaining in most precise terms. But only a few understood Him. The others fancied them­selves wise; they thought they knew all things.

On the following day Jesus, from the hill behind Peter's house, continued the subject of yesterday's discourse. There were about two thousand people present, who exchanged places by turns, some com­ing forward, others withdrawing, that all might get a chance to hear better. Jesus also changed His posi­tion from time to time. He went from one place to another, lovingly and patiently repeating His words of instruction and refuting the same objections. Apart from the crowd were many women, veiled. The Pharisees kept moving to and fro, questioning and whispering their doubts among the people.

Today Jesus spoke out in plain words, He said: "I am the Bread of Life. He that cometh to Me shall not hunger, and he that believeth in Me shall never thirst. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh to Me, I will not cast out. Because I came down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. Now this is the will of the Father, who sent Me: that of all that He hath given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again in the last day. And this is the will of My Father that sent Me: that every

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 one who seeth the Son and believeth in Him, may have life everlasting, and I will raise him up at the last day."

But there were many who did not understand Him, and they said: "How can He say that He has come down from Heaven? He is truly the son of the carpenter Joseph, His Mother and relatives are among us, and we know even the parents of His father Joseph! He has said today that God is His Father, and then He said again that He is the Son of Man!" and they murmured. Jesus said to them: "Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to Me, except the Father, who hath sent Me, draw him." Again they failed to grasp His meaning, and they asked what the words: "The Father draw him," signified. They took them quite literally. Jesus answered: "It is written in the Prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone that hath heard and learned it of the Father cometh to Me!"

Thereupon many of them asked: "Are we not with Him? And have we not yet heard of the Father, learned of the Father?" To which Jesus made answer: "No one hath seen the Father, but He who is of God. He that believeth in Me, hath everlasting life. I am the Bread that cometh down from Heaven, the Bread of Life."

Then they said again among themselves that they knew of no bread that carne down from Heaven, excepting the manna. Jesus explained that the manna was not the Bread of Life, for their fathers who had eaten it were dead. But whosoever ate of the Bread that carne down from Heaven, should not die. He said that He was the living Bread, and that he who ate thereof should live forever.

All these instructions were accompanied by full explanations and quotations from the Law and the Prophets. But most of the Jews would not compre­hend them. They took all literally according to the common, human acceptation, and again asked: "What

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 meaneth these words, that we should eat Him, and eternal life? Who, then, has eternal life, and who can eat of Him? Henoch and Elias have been taken away from the earth, and they say that they are not dead; nor does anyone know whither Malachias has gone, for no one knows of his death. But apart from these, all other men must die." Jesus replied by ask­ing them whether they knew where Henoch and Elias were and where Malachias was. As for Him­self, this knowledge was not concealed from Him. But did they know what Henoch believed, what Elias and Malachias prophesied? And He explained sev­eral of their prophecies.

Jesus taught no more that day. The people were in an extraordinary state of excitement; they reflected on His words and disputed their meaning among themselves. Many of the new disciples even, espe­cially those lately received from among John's, doubted and wavered. They had swelled the num­ber of the disciples to seventy, for up to this period Jesus had only thirty-six. The women were now about thirty-four, though the number engaged in the ser­vice of the Community at last amounted to seventy. It was increased by all the stewardesses, maidser­vants, and directresses of the inns.

Jesus again taught the people on the hill outside the city. He said nothing more of the Bread of Life, however, but confined Himself to the Beatitudes and the Our Father. The crowd was very great, but because most of the sick were already cured, the thronging and hurrying were less than usual. The carrying of the sick to the scene of action and their subsequent departure always gave rise to much con­fusion and disturbance, since everyone wanted to be first both in coming and going. All, and especially many of John's disciples, were in great expectation, eager to hear the end of the instruction begun on the previous day.

That evening as Jesus was teaching in the syna­gogue

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 upon the lesson of the Sabbath, some of His hearers interrupted Him with the question: "How canst Thou call Thyself the Bread of Life come down from Heaven, since everyone knows whence Thou art?" To which Jesus answered by repeating all that He had already said on that subject.

The Pharisees again offered the same objections, and when they appealed to their father Abraham and to Moses, asking how He could call God His Father, Jesus put to them the question: "How can ye call Abraham your father and Moses your Law­giver, since ye do not follow the commandments or the example of either Abraham or Moses?" Then He placed clearly before them their perverse actions and their wicked, hypocritical life. They became con­fused and enraged.

Now Jesus resumed and continued His instruc­tions on the Bread of Life. He said, "The bread that I will give is My flesh for the life of the world." At these words, murmurs and whispers ran through the crowd: "How can He give us His flesh to eat?" Jesus continued and taught at length as the Gospel records: "Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you shall not have life in you. But he that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed: and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh and drin­keth My blood, abideth in Me and I in him. As the living Father had sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from Heaven. It is not bread like the manna, of which your fathers did eat, and yet died! He that eateth this bread, shall live forever." Jesus then explained many pas­sages from the Prophets, especially from Malachias, and showed their accomplishment in John the Bap­tist, of whom He spoke at length. They asked when He would give them that food of which He spoke.

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 He answered distinctly: "In its own time," and then, with a peculiar expression, signified a certain period in weeks. I counted as He spoke, and got: one year, six weeks, and some days. The people were very greatly agitated, and the Pharisees took care to incite them still more.

After that Jesus again taught in the synagogue. He explained the sixth and the seventh petitions of the Our Father, also the Beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." He said that they who are learned ought not to be conscious of it, just as the rich ought not to know that they possess riches. Then the Jews murmured again and said: "Of what use would such knowledge or such riches be, if the owner did not know that he possessed either the one or the other?" Jesus answered: "Blessed are the poor in spirit!" adding that they should feel themselves poor and humble before God, from whom all wisdom comes, and apart from whom all wisdom is an abomination.

When the Jews questioned Him again upon His discourse of the preceding day, that on the Bread of Life, on the eating of His flesh and the drinking of His blood, He repeated His former instruction in strong and precise terms. Many of His disciples mur­mured and said: "This saying is hard, and who can hear it?" Jesus replied that they should not be scan­dalized, they would witness things still more won­derful, and He predicted to them clearly that they would persecute Him, that even the most faithful among them would abandon Him and take to flight, and that He would fall into the arms of His ene­mies, who would put Him to death. But, He said, He would not abandon His unfaithful disciples; His Spirit would hover near them. The words, "He would run into the arms of His enemy," were not exactly those used by Jesus. It was rather that He would embrace His enemy, or be embraced by him, but I no longer remember which. It referred to the kiss and perfidy of Judas.

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As the Jews were now still more scandalized, Jesus said: "If then you shall see the Son of Man ascend up where He was before? It is the spirit that quick­eneth, the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some among you that believe not, therefore did I say to you: No man can come to Me, unless it be given him by My Father."

These words of Jesus were greeted by jeers and murmurs throughout the synagogue. About thirty of the new disciples, principally the narrow-minded fol­lowers of John, went over to the Pharisees and began to whisper with them and express their dissatis­faction, but the Apostles and the older disciples gath­ered more closely around Jesus. He continued to teach, and said aloud: "It is well that those men showed of whose spirit they are the children before they occasioned greater mischief."

As He was leaving the synagogue, the Pharisees and the disloyal disciples who had colleagued with them wanted to detain Him in order to argue with Him and demand explanations on many points. But the Apostles, His disciples, and other friends sur­rounded Him, so that He escaped their importuni­ties, though amid shouts and confusion. Their speech was such as might be heard from the men of our own day: "Now we have it! Now we need nothing more! He has doubtless proved to every sensible man that He is Himself bereft of reason. We must eat His flesh! We must drink His blood! He is from Heaven! He will ascend into Heaven!"

Jesus went with His followers, though by differ­ent routes, to the hill and valley north of the city near the dwellings of Zorobabel and Cornelius. When they reached a certain place, He began to instruct His disciples, and then it was that He asked The Twelve whether they too were going to leave Him. Peter answered for all: "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we have

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 believed and have known that Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!" Jesus answered among other things: "I also have chosen you twelve, and yet one among you is a devil!"

Mary was present with other women at that last discourse of Jesus on the mountain, as well as that delivered in the synagogue. Of all the mysteries pro­pounded in these discourses, she had long had the interior consciousness; only, just as the Second Per­son of the Godhead, having taken flesh in her, became Man and her Child, so too was this knowledge hid­den, enveloped as it were in the most humble, the most reverential love of her mother-heart for Jesus. Since Jesus had now taught more plainly of these mysteries than ever before, to the scandal of those that willfully shut their eyes to the light, the med­itations of Mary were directed to them. I saw her in her chamber that night praying. She had a vision, an interior contemplation of the Angelical Saluta­tion, the Birth, and the Childhood of Jesus, of her own maternity, and of His Sonship. She contemplated her Child as the Son of God, and was so overcome by humility and reverence that she melted into tears. But all these contemplations were again absorbed in the feeling of maternal love for her Divine Son, just as the appearance of bread hides the Living God in the Sacrament.

At the separation of the disciples from Jesus, I saw in two circles the Kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan. I saw the city of Satan and the Babylonian harlot with its prophets and prophet­esses, its wonder-workers and apostles, all in great magnificence, more brilliant, richer, and more numer­ous than was the Kingdom of Jesus. Kings, emper­ors, and even priests coursed therein with horse and chariot, and for Satan was set a magnificent throne.

But the Kingdom of Christ upon earth I saw poor and insignificant, full of misery and suffering. I saw Mary as the Church, and Christ on the Cross. He,

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 too, was like the Church, the entrance to which was through the Wound of His Side.

15. Jesus in Dan and Ornithopolis

As Jesus with the Apostles and disciples was mak­ing the journey from Capharnaum to Cana and Cydessa, I saw Him in the region of Giskala plac­ing The Twelve in three separate rows and reveal­ing to each his own peculiar disposition and character. Peter, Andrew, John, James the Greater, and Matthew stood in the first row; Thaddeus, Bartholomew, James the Less, and the disciple Barsabas, in the second; Thomas, Simon, Philip, and Judas Iscariot, in the third. Each heard his own thoughts and hopes revealed to him by Jesus, and all were strongly affected. Jesus delivered at the same time a lengthy discourse upon the hardships and sufferings that awaited them, and on this occasion He again made use of the expression: "Among you there is a devil."

The three different rows established no subordi­nation among the Apostles, one to another. The Twelve were classed merely according to their dis­position and character. Joses Barsabas stood fore­most in the row of the disciples, and nearest to The Twelve; consequently, Jesus placed him also in the second row with the Apostles, and revealed to him his hopes and fears. On this journey Jesus further instructed The Twelve and the disciples exactly how to proceed in the future when healing the sick and exorcising the possessed, as He Himself did in such cases. He imparted to them the power and the courage always to effect, by imposition of hands and anoint­ing with oil, what He Himself could do. This com­munication of power took place without the imposition of hands, though not without a substan­tial transmission. They stood around Jesus, and I saw rays darting toward them of different colors, according to the nature of the gifts received and the

Life of Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
1774-1824
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