On John 12.44-50
WHEN OUR Lord Jesus Christ was speaking with the Jews and working such great, miraculous signs, some, predestined for eternal life, whom he called his sheep, believed; but some did not believe, nor could they believe because they had been blinded and hardened 1. by the hidden and yet not unjust judgment of God, since he who resists the proud but gives favor to the humble 2. abandoned them. Moreover, of those who believed, some confessed to such an extent that they took up branches of palm and met him as he came, rejoicing in the same confession of praise; but others among the chief men did not dare to confess so that they might not be ejected from the synagogue. And the Evangelist noted these, saying that "they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God." 3. Also, of those who did not believe, some were going to believe afterwards, whom he foresaw when he said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he." 4. But others were going to remain in the same lack of faith, whom even this nation of the Jews is imitating which later, utterly defeated in war, was dispersed through almost the whole world—for a witness of the prophecy which was written about Christ.
2. When matters were in this state and his passion was now drawing near, "Jesus cried out and said"—from this point today's reading begins: "He who believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me, and he who sees me sees him who sent me."____________________