HOMILY 12

On the sequel to creation: "This is the book about the origins of heaven and earth when they were created, on the day God made heaven and earth."1.

COME NOW, TODAY let us fulfil our promise and move on to the accustomed instruction, connecting what we are about to say with the thread of the sermons given so far. (98c) You remember, of course, that when we were all set on one or two occasions and quite intent on following that course, concern for our brethren changed the direction of our speech towards encouragement of them. You see, sometimes those of the brethren who are ailing, who habitually absent themselves from this spiritual gathering, and who spoil the joy coming to them from this holy festival, we persuade by much encouragement and advice not to cut themselves off for long from Christ's flock nor be misled beyond this spiritual fold by, on the one hand, associating with us in word and name while, on the other hand, following in fact the Jews, those seated in darkness and attracted to a lantern despite the illumination of the sun of justice.2. (98d) At other times we have urged the uninitiated members of this congregation3. to respond to their spiritual calling by shaking off all drowsiness and all sloth, calling on a lively desire and heightened enthusi

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Gn 2.4.
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Chrysostom has often been charged with anti-semitism, and he does warn his congregation against Jewish positions. His biographers defend him by highlighting the influence held in Antioch by Jews at the time. Doubtless also his regard for Paul would encourage him to comparisons of this type deriving from 2 Cor 3.
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The catechumens, preparing during Lent for baptism, are thus warned against rhathumia, "indifference."

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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
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