Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 3

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TRACTATE 51

On John 12.12-26

AFTER THE Lord had raised up the man dead for four days to the astonishment of the Jews, some of them believing by seeing, and some perishing by envying, because of the good fragrance which is to some for life and to others for death; 1. after he had reclined at table in the house together with Lazarus who was resuming his place at the table, the one who had been raised up from the dead; after the perfume was poured over his feet and the house was filled with its fragrance; after the Jews in their corrupt heart conceived a vain cruelty and the most stupid and insane crime of killing Lazarus also—about all of these things, as far as we were able, we spoke in previous homilies what the Lord granted. Now, my beloved people, direct your thoughts to how much fruitfulness appeared from his preaching before the Lord's passion and to how great a flock of sheep of the house of Israel, from those who had been lost, heard the voice of the shepherd.

2. For thus says the Gospel which you just heard as it was being read, "Now, on the next day the great crowd that had come for the feast day, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took palm branches and went out to meet him. And they kept shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.'" 2. The palm branches are praises, signifying victory; for the Lord was about to overcome death by dying and by the trophy of the cross was about to triumph over the devil, the prince of death.

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1.
Cf. 2 Cor 2.15-16.
2.
Partly quoting Ps 117 (118).26.

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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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