Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 2

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

TRACTATE 16

On John 4.43-53

ODAY'S GOSPEL READING, which is, to be the subject of our sermon, continues yesterday's reading. Indeed, the meanings in it are not difficult to investigate, but they are worthy of our preaching, worthy of our admiration and praise. Accordingly, let us recount this passage of the gospel with commendation, rather than examine it with rigor. For, after the two days which he had spent in Samaria, Jesus "went away into Galilee" where he had been raised. Moreover, the Evangelist continues and says, "For Jesus himself gave testimony that a prophet has no honor in his own country." Therefore Jesus did not depart from Samaria after two days because he had no honor in Samaria; for Samaria was not his country, but Galilee. Since, therefore, he had departed from this place so quickly and had come to Galilee where he had been raised, how does he attest "that a prophet has no honor in his own country"? It seems rather that he could have attested that a prophet does not have honor in his own country if he had remained in Samaria and disdained to go to Galilee.

2. Pay attention, then, my beloved people, to the not small mystery which has been conveyed to us as the Lord suggests and gives what I should say. You know the proposed question; seek out its solution. But let us repeat the proposition that we may make the solution desirable. It concerns us why the Evangelist said, "For Jesus himself gave testimony that a prophet has no honor in his own country." Perturbed by this, we retrace the earlier words to find why the Evangelist wanted to say this; and we find the earlier words of [the Evangelist] who tells us thus, that after two days he set out from Samaria to Galilee. Was it for this reason, then, O Evangelist, that you

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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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