Homilies on Luke: Fragments on Luke

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HOMILY 22 Luke 3.5-8

On the passage from, "Every valley will be filled in," up to the point where it says, "God can raise up sons for Abraham from these stones."

LET US SEE what things are preached at Christ's coming. Among them, it is first written of John, "The voice of one crying in the desert, 'Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight.'"1. What follows applies properly to the Lord and Savior. For, "every valley has been filled"2. not by John, but by the Lord and Savior. Each one should reflect on himself, about who he was before he believed. Then he should observe that he has been a lowly valley, a steep valley, one that dropped down into the depths. But, when the Lord Jesus came, and sent the Holy Spirit as his deputy,3. "every valley was filled." They were filled with good works and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Love does not allow a valley to remain in you. If you possess peace and patience and goodness, not only will you cease to be a valley, but you will even begin to be God's mountain.

2. "Every valley will be filled." We see this done and fulfilled daily, both among the Gentiles and in the people of Israel, who have been cast down from on high. "Every mountain and hill will be made low."4. Once that people was a mountain and a hill; now they are cast down and demolished. "Because of their sin, salvation has been given to the Gentiles, and they

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1.
Lk 3.4
2.
Lk 3.5.
3.
Tertullian calls the Holy Spirit Christ's deputy (vicarius) in On the Veiling of Virgins 1.4 and On the Prescription of Heretics 13.5; he calls Christ the Father's deputy in Against Marcion 3.6.7 and Against Praxeas 24.5.
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Lk 3.5.

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