Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 2

By John W. Rettig; Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo | Go to book overview

TRACTATE 12

On John 3.6-21

WE UNDERSTAND THAT it is because we excited your attention yesterday, my beloved people, that you have assembled more eagerly and in greater numbers.1 But, if it pleases, let us, for the present settle our account with the sermon owed to the gospel reading next in order. Then, my beloved people, you will hear about the peace of the Church, either what we have done or what we hope will still be done.2

(2) Therefore, now concentrate the whole attention of your heart on the gospel, and let no one's thoughts be elsewhere. For if he who gives his whole attention scarcely grasps, he who divides himself by diverse thoughts dissipates even what he had grasped, doesn't he? But you remember, my beloved people, that on last Sunday, as far as the Lord deigned to help us, we discussed spiritual rebirth;3 and we have had this reading read to you again so that, in the name of Christ, with the help of your prayers, we might complete what was not said then.

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1
Tractate 12 followed En in Ps 133 and this is the sermon referred to here. Tractate 11 was followed by En in Ps 132 and 133. See Le Landais, 26 and 35; La Bonnardère, 50; and Berrouard, Homélies I-XVI, 628.
2
This is not done in these Tractates and it is not at all clear what Augustine has in mind here. Perhaps, as Berrouard, Homélies I-XVI, 628-29, suggests, the actions mentioned in Epistulae86-89 ( PL 33.296-313; CSEL 34(1).396-425; and FOTC 18.11-40) are what he refers to here. For example in Letter86, sent to the imperial Prefect of the Province of Africa, Caecilius, he requests intervention in the region; or, in Letter88 he requests that Januarius, the Donatist bishop of Casae Nigrae in Numidia, come personally to witness the cruel violence of the Circumcellions against Catholic Christians, a violence which has compelled them to appeal to the government when they would prefer peaceful resolution of disagreements.
3
. I.e., in Tractate11.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Bibliography ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Tractate 11 9
  • Tractate 12 28
  • Tractate 13 44
  • Tractate 14 63
  • Tractate 15 78
  • Tractate 16 100
  • Tractate 17 108
  • Tractate 18 124
  • Tractate 19 139
  • Tractate 20 163
  • Tractate 21 178
  • Tractate 22 197
  • Tractate 23 212
  • Tractate 24 231
  • Tractate 25 239
  • Tractate 26 259
  • Tractate 27 277
  • Indices 289
  • Index of Holy Scripture 301
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