On John 3.29-36THIS READING from the holy gospel teaches us the preeminence of the divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the humility of the man who deserved to be called the friend of the bridegroom, that we may distinguish what difference there is between the man who is man, and the man who is God. For the man who is God is our Lord, Jesus Christ, God before all ages and man in our age, God from the Father, man from the virgin, yet one and the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Son of God, God and man. But John, a man of eminent grace, was sent before him, enlightened by him who is the light. For about John it was said, "He was not the light, but was to give witness concerning the light."1
(2) He can indeed be called a light and he himself is accurately called a light, but one that was enlightened, not enlightening. For a light which enlightens is one thing, and a light which is enlightened is another; for our eyes, too, are called lights2 and yet they are open in darkness and do not see. But the enlightening light is a light in itself and a light for itself; and it does not need another light to be able to give light, but the others need it that they may give light.
2. Therefore John confessed, as you have heard, that, when Jesus was making many disciples it was reported to him as if to provoke him, for they related it to him, as to an envious man: "Look, he is making more disciples than you" -- he confessed what he was, and thereby he deserved to belong____________________