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Category:Epistle of St. Jude/Text-only
THE CATHOLIC EPISTLE OF ST. JUDE
St. Jude, who wrote this Epistle, was one of the twelve Apostles and brother to St. James the Less. The time it was written is uncertain: only it may be inferred from verse 17 that few or none of the Apostles were then living, except St. John. He inveighs against the heresies and wicked practices of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics, etc., describing them and their leaders by strong epithets and similes, and he exhorts the faithful to contend earnestly for the faith first delivered to them and to beware of heretics.
He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them and to beware of heretics.
Principality. . .That is, the state in which they were first created, their original dignity.
Blaspheme majesty. . .Speak evil of them that are in dignity; and even utter blasphemies against the divine majesty.
Contended about the body, etc. . .This contention, which is no where else mentioned in holy writ, was originally known by revelation, and transmitted by tradition. It is thought the occasion of it was, that the devil would have had the body buried in such a place and manner, as to be worshipped by the Jews with divine honors.
Gone in the way, etc. . .Heretics follow the way of Cain, by murdering the souls of their brethren; the error of Balaam, by putting a scandal before the people of God, for their own private ends; and the contradiction of Korah, by their opposition to the church governors of divine appointment.
Prophesied. . .This prophecy, which was not recorded in the Scriptures, was either known by tradition or was from some non-Scriptural record of which the editors are currently unaware.
But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful, etc. . .He now exhorts the faithful to remain steadfast in the belief and practice of what they had heard from the apostles, who had also foretold that in the future there should be false teachers, scoffing and ridiculing all revealed truths, abandoning themselves to their passions and lusts; who separate themselves from the Catholic communion by heresies and schisms.
Sensual men. . .carried away and enslaved by the pleasures of the senses.
Building yourselves upon your most holy faith. . .Raising by your actions, a spiritual building, founded, 1st, upon faith; 2nd, on the love of God; 3rd, upon hope, while you are waiting for the mercies of God, and the reward of eternal life; 4th, joined with the great duty of prayer.
Some indeed reprove being judged. . .He gives them another instruction to practice charity in endeavoring to convert their neighbor, where they will meet with three sorts of persons: 1st, With persons obstinate in their errors and sins; these may be said to be already judged and condemned; they are to be sharply reprehended, reproved, and if possible convinced of their error. 2nd, As to others you must endeavor to save them, by pulling them, as it were, out of the fire, from the ruin they stand in great danger of. 3rd, You must have mercy on others in fear, when you see them through ignorance of frailty, in danger of being drawn into the snares of these heretics; with these you must deal more gently and mildly, with a charitable compassion, hating always, and teaching others to hate the carnal garment which is spotted, their sensual and corrupt manners, that defile both the soul and body.
Now to him, etc. . .St. Jude concludes his epistle with this doxology of praising God, and praying to the only God our Savior, which may either signify God the Father, or God as equally agreeing to all the three persons, who are equally the cause of Christ's incarnation, and man's salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, being God from eternity, took upon him our human nature, that he might become our Redeemer.</small>
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