On John 9
THE DAY will not be long enough if we should try to explicate the whole of the lengthy reading just heard concerning the man born blind, whom the Lord Jesus enlightened, in accordance with its own worth, considering each detail as best we are able. And so I ask each of you and I advise you, my beloved people, that you not require of us a discourse on those matters which are clear; for it will be too tedious to tarry on every point. Therefore, I present briefly the mystery of the enlightenment of this blind man. Of course, those things, both the words and deeds, that our Lord Jesus Christ did should produce astonishment and wonder: the deeds because they were things done, the words because they were signs. 1.
(2) If, then, we should think about what that which was done signifies, this blind man is the human race, for this blindness happened through sin in the first man from whom we all have taken the origin not only of death, but also of wickedness. For if the blindness is lack of faith and the enlightenment faith, whom does Christ find faithful when he comes? 2. In as much as the Apostle, who was born in a nation of prophets, says, "All of us, too, were once by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." 3. If "children of wrath," then children of vengeance, children of punishment, children of Gehenna. How "by nature," except that when the first man sinned, a____________________