HOMILY 7

"God said: 'Let the waters produce reptiles with living souls, and on the earth winged creatures flying across the firmament of heaven.' This is what happened. God made the huge sea monsters, and every single living reptile of various kinds produced by the waters."1.

YESTERDAY WE sufficiently upbraided those who deserted us for the horse racing. We showed them how great was the harm they suffered, and how in one fell swoop they had squandered the spiritual riches accruing to them from fasting, and (62a) how from great wealth they had at one stroke cast themselves into utter indigence. Come now, then, today let us make use of a milder remedy, and bind up the wounds of their souls just as if they were our own limbs, because even yesterday when we applied harsher remedies, it was not simply to cause them pain and aggravate their suffering, but rather that we might be able to reach the cancer by drastic measures. After all, this is what is done by doctors and parents: the former initially apply the more potent medications, and when they break open the ulcer, then they call into play remedies more likely to relieve the pain; and when parents see their children kicking over the traces, they first administer rebuke of a severer type, and afterwards admonition and encouragement. We too will follow the same procedure: if yesterday we used our words with severity, (62B) today on the contrary we will phrase our speech in a milder fashion, and show the same care as for our own limbs. You see, your progress encourages in us greater confidence, and this is a source of spiritual riches for us--to see you devoting yourselves to spiritual interests, being distinguished for virtue and

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Gn 1.20-21.

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  • Title Page ii
  • Contents v
  • Select Bibliography vii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Homily 1 Homily on the Beginning of the Holy Season of Lent 20
  • Homily 2 29
  • Homily 3 39
  • Homily 4 51
  • Homily 5 66
  • Homily 6 77
  • Homily 7 91
  • Homily 8 105
  • Homily 9 117
  • Homily 10 127
  • Homily 11 143
  • Homily 12 156
  • Homily 13 169
  • Homily 14 180
  • Homily 15 194
  • Homily 16 207
  • Homily 17 222
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