On John 8.48-59
IN THE passage of the holy Gospel which was read today, we learn patience from power. For what are we, servants to the Lord, sinners to the Just, a creature to the Creator? Nevertheless, just as if we are something evil, we are of ourselves, so whatever good we are, we are from him and through him.
(2) And nothing does a man so seek as power. He has the Lord Christ, a great power; but first let him imitate his patience that he may come to power. Who of us would listen patiently if it were said to someone, "You have a devil"? And this was said to him who not only saved men, but also gave orders to devils.
2. For when the Jews had said, "Do not we say well that you are a Samaritan and have a devil?" he denied one of these two accusations against him; he did not deny the other. For he answered and said, "I do not have a devil." He did not say, "I am not a Samaritan." And there were definitely two accusations. Although he did not return abuse for abuse, although he did not refute insult with insult, nevertheless it suited him to deny one thing, not to deny the other.