Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 44

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

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1.
Cf. Tractate 24.2 and 25.2, 5.
2.
A word play is obscured in the English: Whom does Christ come upon as a faithful one when he comes?
3.
Cf. Eph 2.3.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Tractates on the Gospel of John 28-54 *
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Select Bibliography ix
  • Tractates 28-54 *
  • Tractate 28 - On John 7.1-13 3
  • Tractate 29 - On John 7.14-18 14
  • Tractate 30 - On John 7.19-24 22
  • Tractate 31 - On John 7.25-36 30
  • Tractate 32 - On John 7.37-39 41
  • Tractate 33 - On John 7.40-53: 8.I-II 51
  • Tractate 34 - On John 8.12 60
  • Tractate 35 - On John 8.13-14 71
  • Tractate 36 - On John 8.15-18 81
  • Tractate 37 - On John 8.19-20 95
  • Tractate 38 - On John 8.21-25 105
  • Tractate 39 - On John 8.25-27 116
  • Tractate 40 - On John 8.28-32 124
  • Tractate 41 - On John 8.31-36 135
  • Tractate 42 - On John 8.37-47 150
  • Tractate 43 - On John 8.48-59 163
  • Tractate 44 - On John 9 175
  • Tractate 45 - On John 10.1-10 187
  • Tractate 46 - On John 10.11-13 203
  • Tractate 47 - On John 10.14-21 212
  • Tractate 48 - On John 10.22-42 228
  • Tractate 49 - On John Ii.I-54 238
  • Tractate 50 - On John 11.55-12.11 260
  • Tractate 51 - On John 12.12-26 271
  • Tractate 52 - On John 12.27-36 280
  • Tractate 53 - On John 12.37-43 290
  • Tractate 54 - On John 12.44-50 301
  • Indices *
  • General Index 311
  • Index of Holy Scripture 321
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