Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke

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HOMILY 9 Luke 1.56-64

On the passage from, "She remained with her for three months, "up to the point where it says, "and he spoke, praising God."

OUR EXPLANATION BOTH of what is said in Scripture and of the deeds recorded there should be worthy of the Holy Spirit and of faith in Christ, that faith to which we believers are called. Hence, we should now ask why Mary went to Elizabeth after she conceived and "remained with her for three months."1. We should also ask why Luke, who was writing a narrative of the Gospel,2. also inserted the words, "She remained with her for three months and afterwards returned to her home."3. Surely there ought to be some explanation; and, if the Lord opens our hearts, the discourse that follows will provide it. The mere fact that Mary came to Elizabeth and greeted her made Elizabeth's infant "leap with joy"4. and made "Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,"5. prophesy those things which have been written in the Gospel. In one hour, Elizabeth made that much progress. We are left to conjecture what progress John made in the three months during which Mary dwelt with Elizabeth.6.

2. In a moment or an instant, the infant leapt up and, as it were, frolicked for joy, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. It would be most inappropriate if neither John nor Elizabeth profited from the immediate presence, for three

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1.
Lk 1.56.
2.
"Gospel" here means the Good News itself, and not a written account.
3.
Lk 1.56.
4.
Lk 1.41.
5.
Lk 1.41.
6.
Cf. Ambrose, Exposition of the Gospel According to Luke 2.29.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Title Page vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Select Bibliography xi
  • Introduction xv
  • Homilies on Luke 1
  • Preface of Jerome the Presbyter 3
  • Homily 1 Luke 1.1-4 5
  • Homily 2 Luke 1.6 10
  • Homily 3 Luke 1.11 14
  • Homily 4 Luke 1.13-17 17
  • Homily 5 Luke 1.22 20
  • Homily 6 Luke 1.24-32 23
  • Homily 7 Luke 1.39-45 28
  • Homily 8 Luke 1.46-51 33
  • Homily 9 Luke 1.56-64 37
  • Homily 10 Luke 1.67-76 40
  • Homily 11 Luke 1.80-2.2 44
  • Homily 12 Luke 2.8-11 48
  • Homily 13 Luke 2.13-16 52
  • Homily 14 Luke 2.21-24 56
  • Homily 15 Luke 2.25-29 62
  • Homily 16 Luke 2.33-34 65
  • Homily 17 Luke 2.33-38 70
  • Homily 18 Luke 2.40-49 76
  • Homily 19 Luke 2.40.4-6 80
  • Homily 20 Luke 2.49-51 84
  • Homily 21 Luke 3.1-4 88
  • Homily 22 Luke 3.5-8 92
  • Homily 23 Luke 3.9-12 97
  • Homily 24 Luke 3.15-16 103
  • Homily 25 Luke 3.15 105
  • Homily 26 Luke 3. 16-17 109
  • Homily 27 Luke 3.18-22 112
  • Homily 28 Luke 3.23-38 115
  • Homily 29 Luke 4.1-4 119
  • Homily 30 Luke 4.5-8 123
  • Homily 31 Luke 4.9-12 125
  • Homily 32 Luke 4.14-20 130
  • Homily 33 Luke 4.23-27 134
  • Homily 34 Luke 10.25-37 137
  • Homily 35 Luke 12.57-59 142
  • Homily 36 Luke 17.20-21, 33 151
  • Homily 37 Luke 19.29-40 153
  • Homily 38 Luke 19.41-45 156
  • Homily 39 Luke 20.21-40 159
  • Fragments on Luke 163
  • Indices 229
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