YOU ARE AWARE, my holy people,1. that our normal practice is to expound in discourses2. upon the Gospel according to John in the regular sequence of its readings. But because there has now been interposed the solemnity of the holy days during which it is necessary that specific readings from the Gospel be rehearsed, and as these are repeated every year so that there cannot be others,3. that sequence which we had taken up has of necessity for a little while been interrupted, not disrupted.
(2) But when I was pondering what I might discuss with you from the Scriptures throughout this week that was consonant with the joyousness of the present days and, as far as the Lord deign to bestow, something that could be finished in seven or eight days, the Epistle of the blessed John occurred to me: so that in expounding the Epistle of him whose Gospel4. we interrupted for a little while, we would not abandon him, especially since in this very Epistle, quite sweet to all for whom the heart's palate is healthy, where the bread of God has a good taste, and quite worthy of being spoken of in the Church of God, love is above all else commended. He has spoken many words and almost all are about love.5. He who has in himself that of which____________________