"God said: 'Let us make a human being in our image and likeness. Let them have control of the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven, the cattle and the wild beasts, all the earth and all the reptiles creeping upon the earth.'"1.
COME NOW. Yesterday you listened with great enthusiasm to the words we had for you. So today, too, let us propose for your consideration (70a), my dear people, the text just read, first exhorting you to attend carefully to what is said, and to place within the recesses of your mind what was said before, lest we go to all this trouble idly and to no purpose. This, after all, is the object of our earnest effort, that you would know precisely the power of the Scriptures so as not merely to understand them yourselves but also to become teachers of them to others, and so be in a position, according to blessed Paul, to edify one another.2. I mean, if you advance in the Lord, and manifest some progress in the teaching of spiritual things, you will also bring great joy to our hearts. For us, you see, this is complete success and the height of festivity. Scripture says, remember: "What is our hope, our joy, the crown of our boasting? Is it not yourselves"3. and your progress in God's eyes?
(2) Every teacher, on seeing the disciples taking care to rivet in their mind the memory of the earliest lessons and (70B) showing something for it in practice, more readily entrusts them with the knowledge of the following lessons. Just so in our case: the more we see your minds stimulated, your interest on the increase, and your reasoning taking flight, the more____________________