On John 11.55-12.11
TODAY'S READING, about which we shall speak what the Lord will give, follows yesterday's reading of the holy Gospel, about which we spoke what the Lord gave. Certain sentences in the Scriptures are so evident that they ask for a listener rather than an exegete; we need not delay on these so that there is sufficient time for the ones on which we must necessarily spend time.
2. "Now the Jewish Passover was near." The Jews wished to have that feast day stained with the Lord's blood. On that feast day the Lamb was slaughtered, who by his blood has consecrated the same day as a feast for us. There was a plan among the Jews for slaughtering Jesus; he who had come from heaven to suffer wished to approach the place of his passion because the hour of the passion was imminent.
(2) "Therefore many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves." The Jews did this according to the instruction of the Lord which had been enjoined in the law through the holy Moses, that all assemble from everywhere on the feast day which was the Passover and be purified by the celebration of that day. 1. But that celebra‐____________________