Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke

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HOMILY 19 Luke 2.40.4-6

Again on the passage from, "But the boy grew and was strengthened," up to the point where the elders in the temple were questioning him.

SOME WHO APPEAR to believe the Sacred Scriptures deny the Savior's divinity for the sake--as they think--of the glory of Almighty God.1. Hence, it seems right to me that they should be instructed by the authority of those very Scriptures. They should learn that a divine being came into a human body--and not only into a human body, but also into a human soul. Yet, if we pay careful attention to the meaning of Scripture, we realize that his soul had something more than the souls of other men. Every human soul, before it turns to virtue, is stained with vices. But the soul of Jesus was never defiled with the stain of sin.2. In the Gospel of Luke, the Holy Spirit writes this of him before he reached the age of twelve: "But the boy grew and was strengthened, and he was filled with wisdom."3. Human nature itself does not permit this, that wisdom is perfected before the twelfth year of life. It is one thing to participate in wisdom, another thing to be filled with wisdom.

2. Hence, we may not doubt that a divine being appeared in the flesh of Jesus--and a being that is not only superior to human nature, but even superior to every rational creature. Scripture says, "he grew." For, "he humbled himself, taking the form of a slave."4. By that same power by which he humbled himself, he grows. He had appeared as weak, because he had

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1.
Ebionites. Cf. Hom. 17.4.
2.
On Jesus' soul, cf. On First Principles 2.6.3-7.
3.
Lk 2.40.
4.
Phil 2.7.

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