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The Right Rev. Fatherin God
Bishop of WORCESTER.
EDWARD VI. the Privy COUNCIL,
To which is prefixed,
. L O N D ON:
By the Reverend Father in Christ Master HUGH
LATIMER, Bishop of Worcester. Collected by Augustine Bernher, an Helvetian,
a Clergyman, and native of Switzerland.
VOLUME the SECOND.
MATTHEW XXII. 2, 3. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain King, which married his son, and fent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding ; and they would not come.
T H IS is a gospel that containeth very much
matter; and there is another like unto
this in the fourteenth of Luke, but they be both one in effect, for they teach both cne thing. And therefore. I will take them both in hand together, because they tend to one purpose. Matthew faith, “ The kingdom of Heaven is like unto a "s certain King, which married his son.” Luke faith, “ A certain man ordained a great supper.” But there is no difference in the very substance of N° 20. VOL. II.
the matter, for they pertain to one purpose. Here is made mention of a feaft-maker; therefore we must consider who was this feast-maker: secondly, who was his son; thirdly, we must consider to whom he was married; fourthly, who were they that called the guests: fifthly, who were the guests. And then we must know how the guest-callers behaved themselves; and then how the guests behaved themselves towards them that called them. When all these circumstances be considered, we shall find much good matters covered and hid in this .gospel. ..
Now that I may so handle these matters, that it may turn to the edification of your souls, and to the discharge of my office, I will most instantly defire you, to lift up your hearts unto God; and defire his divine Majefty, in the name of his only begotten Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, that he will give unto us his holy Ghost; unto me, that I may speak the word of God, and teach you to understand the fame : unto you, that you may hear it fruitfully, to the edification of your souls, so that you may be edified through it, and your lives reformed and amended, and that his honour and glory may increase daily amongst us. Wherefore I shall desire you to say with me, “ Our Father, &c."
Dearly beloved in the Lord, the gospel that is read this day is a parable, a fimilitude, or comparison. For our Saviour compared the kingdom of God unto a man that made a marriage for his son. And here was a marriage. At a marriage you know there is commonly great feastings. Now you must know who was this feast-master, and who was his son, and to whom he was married ; and who were those that should be called, and who were the callers; how they behaved themselves; and how the