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Commentary on Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, Homilies 1–47 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 33)

Saint John Chrysostom

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-2

JOHN OF CONSTANTINOPLE his contemporaries called the great Chrysostom and left it to a later daythough one not far removed from his own--to coin...

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Homily 1

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pp. 3-11

WHENEVER DEVOTEES of the pagan games learn that an outstanding athlete and winner of laurels has come from some place or other, they all flock to watch his efforts, observing his skill...

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Homily 2

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pp. 12-26

'In the beginning was the Word.' If John were about to address us and to tell us about his own affairs, it would be necessary to speak of his family, his native land, and his education. However, since not he...

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Homily 3

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pp. 27-42

At this point it is unnecessary to urge you to listen to me attentively, so quickly have you made my [previous] exhortation fruitful by your actions. Your coming here, your attentive posture, your crowding on one another...

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Homily 4

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pp. 43-56

'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.' Teachers do not impose many tasks at one time upon those children who are just entering upon their education, nor do they assign the work only once. They repeat the same short...

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Homily 5

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pp. 57-69

'All things were made through Him and without Him was made nothing that has been made.'l Moses, in beginning his narrative in the Old Testament, spoke to us of the things of sense and enumerated them with...

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Homily 6

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pp. 70-73

'There was a man, one sent from God, whose name was John.'l When in his preamble the Evangelist had told us the most important facts about the Word of God, he continued his...

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Homily 7

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pp. 74-79

'It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.' Dearly beloved children, the reason why we have fed you little by little with thoughts from the Scriptures, and have not poured them all out at once...

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Homily 8

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pp. 80-87

'It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world.' Today there is nothing against resuming our study of the same words again, since last time we were prevented...

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Homily 9

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pp. 88-94

'He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.' If you keep in mind the sermons we have delivered before this, we shall be more eager to continue the series, as though doing so in expectation of a great reward. If you remember...

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Homily 10

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pp. 95-102

'He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.'l Since God is merciful, beloved, and disposed to do good, He does and plans everything so that we may be bright with virtue. And since He wishes us to be virtuous...

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Homily 11

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pp. 103-109

'And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.' I wish to ask one favor of you all before I touch on the words of the Evangelist. Do not, I beg, refuse my request, for

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Homily 12

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pp. 110-118

'And we saw his glory-glory as of the only-begotten of the Father-full of grace and of truth.' Perhaps it seemed to you last time that we were more bothersome and tiresome than was necessary, and that we...

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Homily 13

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pp. 119-129

'John bore witness concerning Him and cried: 'This was He of whom I said, He who is to come after me has been set above me because He was before me." , Surely it is not in vain that we are hastening to our...

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Homily 14

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pp. 130-140

'And of His fullness we have all received, grace for grace.' Last time we were saying that John explained away the doubt of those who would ask themselves how Christ, though coming later to preach, could have been set above...

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Homily 15

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pp. 141-149

'No one has at any time seen God. The only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has revealed Him.' God does not wish us merely to listen to the words and phrases contained in the Scriptures, but to do so with...

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Homily 16

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pp. 150-160

'And this is the witness of John, when the Jews sent to him from Jerusalem priests and Levites to ask him, "Who art thou?" l A terrible thing is envy, beloved, terrible and ruinous...

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Homily 17

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pp. 161-172

'These things took place at Bethany, beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming to him, and he said, "Behold the Lamb of God who...

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Homily 18

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pp. 173-185

'Again the next day John was standing there, and two of his disciples. And looking upon Jesus as He walked by, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" And the two disciples heard..

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Homily 19

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pp. 186-192

'He found first his brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messias" (which interpreted is Christ). And he led him to Jesus.' In the beginning, when...

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Homily 20

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pp. 193-200

'The next day He was about to leave for Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew...

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Homily 21

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pp. 201-211

'Nathanael answered him and said, "Rabbi, thou art the Son of God, thou art King of Israel." Answering, Jesus said to him, "Because I said to thee that I saw thee under the fig tree, thou dost believe....

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Homily 22

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pp. 212-220

'What wouldst thou have me do, woman? My hour has not yet come.'l Preaching really entails hard work, and this fact Paul made plain when he said: 'Let the presbyters who rule well be held...

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Homily 23

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pp. 221-231

'This first of his signs Jesus worked at Cana of Galilee.'l Mighty and vigorous, the Devil presses to the attack, laying siege on all sides to our salvation. It is, therefore, necessary to be watchful and awake and to wall off...

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Homily 24

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pp. 232-240

'Now, when he was at Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover, many believed in his name.'l Some of the men of that day clung to error, while others adhered to the truth; even of these latter, some accepted it...

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Homily 25

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pp. 241-249

'Jesus answered: "Amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."...

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Homily 26

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pp. 250-258

'That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.'l The only-begotten Son of God has deemed us worthy of great mysteries-great ones, and such as we do not deserve, but such as were fitting for Him to give.

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Homily 27

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pp. 259-266

'If I have spoken of earthly things to you, and you do not believe, how will you believe if I speak to you of heavenly things? And no one has ascended into heaven except him...

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Homily 28

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pp. 267-276

'For God did not send his Son into the world in order to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him . 'l Many of those men who are somewhat inclined

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Homily 29

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pp. 277-286

'Jesus and his disciples came into the land of Judea, and he stayed there with them and baptized.'l Nothing could be clearer or stronger than truth; just as nothing could be weaker than lying...

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Homily 30

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pp. 287-295

'He who comes from above is over all. He who is from the earth belongs to earth, and of the earth he speaks.'l The love of glory is a terrible things, terrible and prolific of many evils. It is a kind of thorn, hard to remove; or a wild beast

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Homily 31

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pp. 296-310

'The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; he who is unbelieving towards the Son shall not see life...

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Homily 32

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pp. 311-321

'In answer Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water...

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Homily 33

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pp. 322-330

'Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do...

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Homily 34

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pp. 331-341

'The woman therefore left her water-jar and went away into the town, and said to the people, "Come and see a man who has told me all that I have ever done. Can he be the...

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Homily 35

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pp. 342-350

'When therefore the Samaritans had come to him, they besought him to stay there; and he stayed two days. And far more believed because of his word. And they said to the...

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Homily 36

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pp. 351-358

'This was a second sign that Jesus worked when coming from Judea into Galilee. After this therewas a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.'l Just as in working gold mines an expert...

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Homily 37

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pp. 359-366

'Jesus said to him, "Dost thou want to get well?" The sick man answered him, "Yes, Lord, but I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred." l...

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Homily 38

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pp. 367-383

'Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "Behold, thou art cured. Sin no more, lest something worse befall thee." l Sin is a terrible thing...

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Homily 39

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pp. 384-402

'For neither does the Father judge any man, but all judgment he has given to the Son, that all men may honor the Son even as they honor the Father.'l We need to show great earnestness in all our affairs...

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Homily 40

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pp. 403-414

'If I bear witness concerning myself, my witness is not true. There is another who bears witness concerning me, and I know that his witness is true.'l If a person, even though inexperienced...

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Homily 41

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pp. 415-422

'Search the Scriptures, because in them you think that you have life everlasting. And it is they that bear witness to me, yet you are not willing to come to me that you may have...

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Homily 42

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pp. 423-435

'After this Jesus went away to the other side of the sea of Galilee, which is that of Tiberias. And there followed him a great crowd because they were witnessing the signs he worked on those who were sick...

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Homily 43

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pp. 436-441

'Now when evening had come, his disciples went down to the sea. And getting into a boat, they went across the sea to Capharnaum. And it was already dark, but Jesus had...

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Homily 44

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pp. 442-447

'Jesus answered them and said, "Amen, I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten of the loaves and have been filled. Labor...

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Homily 45

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pp. 448-461

'They said therefore to him, "What are we to do in order that we may perform the works of God?" In answer Jesus said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent. They said therefore to him...

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Homily 46

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pp. 462-471

'The Jews therefore murmured about him because he had said: I am the bread that has come down from heaven. And they kept saying: "Is this not the son of Joseph, whose...

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Homily 47

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pp. 472-485

'Jesus therefore said to them: Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He who eats my flesh...

E-ISBN-13: 9780813211336
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813210247

Page Count: 504
Publication Year: 2010