On John 8.21-25
THE READING of the holy Gospel which preceded today's had concluded thus: "The Lord, teaching in the treasury, spoke" what he wanted and what you heard; "and no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come." 1. From this our discourse which he himself deigned to grant was delivered on the Lord's day. We suggested to you, my beloved people, why it was said, "His hour had not yet come"—so that no impiety would dare wrongfully to suspect that Christ had been put under some necessity of fate. For the hour had not yet come in which, by his own disposition of affairs, according to the things which had been predicted about him, he was not compelled to die against his will but was put to death when he was ready.
2. But now he spoke to the Jews about his passion itself, which had been put not in a necessity for him but in his power, saying, "I go." Death for Christ the Lord was a departure to that place from which he had come and from which he had not withdrawn. He said, "I go, and you will seek me," not out of longing, but out of hatred. For after he had departed from the eyes of men, they searched for him, both they who hated him and they who loved him, the former by persecution, the latter by a desire to have him. In the psalms, the Lord himself says through the prophet, "Flight has failed me; and there is no one who seeks after my soul." 2. And again in another place, in a psalm, he said, "Let them be put to confusion and shame who seek after my soul." 3. He censured those who would not seek; he condemned those who would seek. For it is evil not to____________________