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Tractates on the Gospel of John 55–111 (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 90)

Saint Augustine

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Abbreviations

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pp. vii-viii

Bibliography

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pp. ix-

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Tractate 55

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pp. 3-8

The lord’s supper according to John must, with his help, be commented upon in tractates that are now due and must be explained as he shall grant us the ability. “Now before the feast of Pascha, Jesus, knowing that his hour has come...

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Tractate 56

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pp. 9-12

When the lord was washing the feet of his disciples, “He comes to Simon Peter, and Peter says to him, ‘Lord, do you wash my feet?’” For who would not tremble in fear to have his feet washed by the Son of God? Therefore, although...

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Tractate 57

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pp. 13-18

ot forgetful of my debt, I acknowledge that the time for payment is now. Let him who has given me the occasion of my indebtedness give me the means to pay it! For he gave the love about which it has been said, “Owe no debt to anyone...

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Tractate 58

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pp. 19-23

Those words of the Gospel where the Lord, washing the feet of his disciples, says, “The man who has washed once has no need to wash except for his feet, but he is clean wholly,” we have already explained to you,1 my beloved people, as the Lord deigned to grant. Now let us see what follows. “And...

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Tractate 59

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pp. 24-27

In the Holy Gospel l we have heard the Lord speaking and saying, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the slave is not greater than his master nor is the messenger1 greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, you will be blessed if you...

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Tractate 60

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pp. 28-32

No small question is proposed to us, brothers, from the Gospel of the blessed John where it says, “When Jesus had said these things, he was troubled in spirit and he bore witness and said, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will...

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Tractate 61

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pp. 33-36

This section of the Gospel, brothers, has been placed before us by this reading for an explanation, so that now we must say something also about the betrayer of the Lord, clearly enough exposed through the bread dipped and extended...

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Tractate 62

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pp. 37-41

I know, dearest people, that some can be distressed, whether they are godly, and so ask about it, or they are ungodly, and so find fault with it, that after the Lord dipped...

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Tractate 63

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pp. 42-45

Let us direct the mind’s gaze and, with the Lord’s help, let us search out God. The word of the divine canticle is: “Seek God and your soul will live.”1 Let us seek him who is to be found, let us seek him who has been found. He has been...

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Tractate 64

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pp. 46-49

The ordered arrangement of the Lord’s words, dearest people, should be noticed. For when he had said earlier, after Judas departed and was separated from even that physical association with the saints, “Now the Son of Man is...

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Tractate 65

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pp. 50-53

The lord jesus attests that he is giving a new commandment to his disciples, that they love one another. “A new commandment,” he says, “I give to you, that you love one another.” Was not this commandment already in the ancient...

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Tractate 66

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pp. 54-57

When the Lord Jesus committed to the disciples the holy love by which they would love one another, “Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’” So indeed did the disciple say this to the Teacher, the servant to the Lord,...

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Tractate 67

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pp. 58-61

We must direct upwards to God, brothers, a greater concentration, in order that we may somehow be able to grasp also with the mind the words of the holy Gospel that have just resounded in our ears. For the Lord Jesus says [to...

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Tractate 68

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pp. 62-66

We know that what we had put off, dearest brothers, is owed you and must now be paid: how it is possible to understand that these two texts are not contradictory to one another: that, when the Lord had said, “In my Father’s house there are...

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Tractate 69

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pp. 67-71

Now obtains for us, dearest people, the opportunity to understand as much as we can from the Lord’s later words the earlier ones, and from the following words the preceding ones in regard to what you heard was answered to Thomas’s...

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Tractate 70

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pp. 72-75

The words o f the holy Gospel, brothers, are thus rightly understood if they are found to be in harmony with the earlier ones; for what precedes ought to accord with what follows when Truth speaks. Earlier the Lord had said, “...

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Tractate 71

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pp. 76-79

Hear with your ears, receive with your minds, most beloved people, as we indeed speak, but as he who does not withdraw from us teaches. The Lord says what you have just heard when it was read, “The words that I speak to you I do...

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Tractate 72

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pp. 80-83

What the Lord’s words mean and how they must be taken, “he who believes in me, the works that I do, he also will do,” is not easy to comprehend; and although this is very difficult to understand, he added something else more difficult...

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Tractate 73

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pp. 84-87

Great hope to his people hoping1 did the Lord promise, saying, “Because I go to the Father, and whatsoever you ask in my name, that I will do.”2 Therefore he went on to the Father in such a way that he would not leave them...

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Tractate 74

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pp. 88-92

When the Gospel was read, brothers, we heard the Lord saying: “If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom...

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Tractate 75

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pp. 93-96

After his promise of the Holy Spirit, in order that no one might think that the Lord was going to give him as a substitute for himself in such a way that he would not also be with them, he added and said, “I shall not leave you orphans...

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Tractate 76

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pp. 97-100

When the Apostles are asking questions and Jesus, their Teacher is answering them, we too, as though together with them, learn, when we either read or hear the holy Gospel. So, because the Lord said, “Yet a little while, and the world...

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Tractate 77

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pp. 101-105

In the preceding reading of the Holy Gospel, which the one that has just been read aloud follows, the Lord Jesus had said that he and the Father would come to those who love them and would make a dwelling place with them.1 And...

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Tractate 78

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pp. 106-110

We have received, brothers, the words of the Lord, saying to his disciples, “Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you, ‘I go away and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would indeed be...

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Tractate 79

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pp. 111-114

Our lord and Savior Jesus Christ had said to his disciples, “If you loved me, you would indeed be glad because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.”1 And that he said this because of the form of the servant, not because...

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Tractate 80

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pp. 115-119

This passage of the Gospel, brothers, where the Lord calls himself the vine and his disciples the branches, makes the statement in accordance with the fact that he is the Head of the Church and we his members, he the “mediator...

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Tractate 81

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pp. 120-123

Jesus said that he was the vine and his disciples the branches and the Father the cultivator,1 and our discussion of this, in accord with our capabilities, has already taken place.2 Now in this reading, while he was still speaking about himself...

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Tracate 82

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pp. 124-128

The savior, in speaking to his disciples, more and more commending the grace by which we are saved, says, “In this my Father has been honored, that you bring forth very much fruit, and are made my disciples.” Whether one should...

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Tractate 83

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pp. 129-132

You have heard, my dearest people, the Lord saying to his disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be filled.” What is Christ’s joy in us except that he deign to rejoice because of us?...

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Tractate 84

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pp. 133-136

The fullnes s of love with which we ought to love one another, dearly beloved brothers, the Lord has specified, saying, “Greater love than this no one has, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Therefore, because he had said earlier...

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Tractate 85

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pp. 137-140

When the Lord Jesus had commended the love that he displayed to us by dying for us and had said, “Greater love than this no one has, that he lay down his life for his friends,”1 he said, “You are my friends if you do the things that I command...

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Tractate 86

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pp. 141-145

It is a proper question to ask what one should take as the meaning of what the Lord says, “But I have called you friends because all things whatsoever I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” For who would dare to...

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Tractate 87

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pp. 146-150

In the Gospel reading that preceded this one the Lord had said, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and have appointed you that you should go and should bring forth fruit, and your fruit should remain, that whatsoever...

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Tractate 88

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pp. 151-154

The lord, encouraging his servants to endure patiently the world’s hatreds, proposes to them no greater and better example than one concerning himself; for, as the Apostle Peter says, “Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example...

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Tractate 89

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pp. 155-159

Previously, the Lord had said to his disciples, “If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for my name’s sake because they do not...

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Tractate 90

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pp. 160-163

You have heard the Lord saying, “He who hates me hates my Father also.” Now, earlier he had said, “These things they will do to you because they do not know him who sent me.”1 Therefore a problem arises, and we must not pretend it isn’t...

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Tractate 91

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pp. 164-168

The lord had said, “He who hates me hates my Father also.”1 For assuredly, he who hates the truth necessarily hates him from whom the truth came into existence; we have already...

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Tractate 92

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pp. 169-172

In the discourse that the Lord Jesus spoke to his disciples after the Supper, very near to his Passion, as though he was about to depart and leave them behind in respect of his bodily presence, but by his spiritual presence to be together...

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Tractate 93

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pp. 173-179

In the [words ] that precede this section of the Gospel, the Lord strengthened his disciples for enduring the hatreds of enemies, and also prepared them by his own example, in order that, by imitating him, they might become more...

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Tractate 94

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pp. 180-185

When the Lord Jesus had foretold to his disciples the persecutions that they were going to suffer after his departure, he then added and said, “But these things I did not say to you from the beginning because I was with you; but now I go...

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Tractate 95

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pp. 186-192

The lord, promising to send the Holy Spirit, says, “When that one comes, he will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment.” What is this? Can it be that the Lord Christ does not convict the world of sin when he says, “If I...

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Tractate 96

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pp. 193-199

In this section of the holy Gospel where the Lord says to his disciples, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,” we first encounter the following question: how he said earlier, “All things that I have...

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Tractate 97

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pp. 200-206

The holy spirit, whom the Lord promised he would send to his disciples to teach them all truth, which at that time when he was speaking to them they could not bear (and of this Holy Spirit, as the Apostle says, we have now...

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Tractate 98

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pp. 207-217

From the words of our Lord where he says, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now,” I remember that I had put off a difficult question that had arisen...

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Tractate 99

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pp. 218-228

What is the meaning of what the Lord said about the Holy Spirit, when he promised that he would come and would teach his disciples all truth or would lead them in all truth: “For he will not speak of himself, but what things soever he...

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Tractate 100

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pp. 229-233

When the Lord was promising that the Holy Spirit would come, he said, “He will teach you all truth”; or what is read in some codices, “He will guide you in all truth. For he will not speak of himself, but what things soever he will hear...

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Tractate 101

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pp. 234-240

When the Lord said, “A little while, and now you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me, because I go to the Father,”1 these words were so obscure to the disciples, before what he says was fulfilled, that, inquiring among...

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Tractate 102

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pp. 241-246

Now, these words of the Lord must be expounded: “Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you.” It has already been said in the earlier parts of this discourse of the Lord, in regard to those...

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Tractate 103

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pp. 247-251

What sort of people Christ’s disciples were when he was speaking with them before his Passion, [discussing] great things with little ones,1 but in such a way as it was necessary for great things to be said even to little ones, because, as the Holy...

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Tractate 104

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pp. 252-256

Before these words, which are now with the Lord’s help about to be explained, Jesus had said, “These things I have spoken to you that in me you may have peace.”1 Now “these things” we ought to take, not as the more recent words...

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Tractate 105

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pp. 257-264

That the Son was glorified by the Father in respect of the form of the servant, which the Father raised from the dead and set at his right hand, the fact itself indicates and no Christian doubts. But because he not only said, “Father, glorify...

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Tractate 106

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pp. 265-272

In this discourse, as he himself bestows, we are going to examine these words of the Lord, which are as follows: “I have made known your name to the men you have given me out of the world.” Now, if he says this only about these disciples...

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Tractate 107

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pp. 273-278

When the Lord was speaking to the Father about those whom he already had as disciples, among other things he also said this: “I pray for them; I pray, not for the world, but for these whom you have given me.” He now wishes the world...

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Tractate 108

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pp. 279-282

The lord, still speaking to the Father and praying for his disciples, says, “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them.” They had not yet experienced it by their own sufferings, which in due course came to them afterwards...

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Tractate 109

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pp. 283-288

The lord jesus, his Passion now approaching, when he had prayed for his disciples, whom he also named Apostles,1 with whom he had supped the Last Supper, from which his betrayer, made known by the morsel,2 had gone forth...

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Tractate 110

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pp. 289-298

When the Lord Jesus had prayed for his disciples whom he then had with him and had added on his others, saying, “But not for these only do I pray, but also for them who through their word will believe in me,”1 as though we would ask...

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Tractate 111

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pp. 299-310

The lord jesus rouses his people to a great hope, than which there cannot be a greater one at all. Listen, and be rejoicing in hope, inasmuch as this life is one not to be loved, but endured, that you may be able to be patient in its tribulations.1 Listen...

Indices

General Index

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pp. 311-321

Index of Holy Scripture

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pp. 322-328


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211909
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813200903

Page Count: 338
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: The Fathers of the church ;