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CONTENTS OF VOL. I.

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Hom.
1. John i.1-5.
2. i. 6-14.
3. i. 15-28.
4. i. 19-33.
5. i. 33.
6. i. 33.
7. i. 34–51.
8. ii. 1-4.
9. ii. 1-11.
10. ii. 12-21.
11. ii. 23. iii. 5.
12. iii. 6—21.
13. iii. 22—29.
14. üi. 29–36.
15. iv. 1—42.
16. iv. 43–54,
17. v. 1418.
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19. v. 19-30.
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21. v. 20—23.
22. v. 24-30.

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v. 19.

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3 23. John v. 31-40.
19 | 24. vi. 1-14.
33 | 25.

vi. 15–40.
48 | 26. vi. 41-59.
62 | 27. vi. 59–71.
80 28. vii. 1-13.
101 | 29. vii. 14-18.
123 | 30.

vii. 19-24.
137 31. vii. 25–36.
151 | 32.

vii. 37-39.
164 | 33.

vii. 40–53.
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viii. 1-11.)
196 34.

viii. 12.
214 35. viii. 13, 14.
228 36.

viii. 15—18.
250 37. viii. 19, 20.
258 38. viii. 21-25.
273 39. viii. 26, 27.
287 | 40. viii. 28-32.
309 | 41. viii. 31–36.
323 12.

viii. 37-47.
340 43. viii. 48–39.

v. 19.

HOMILY XLIV.

John ix.

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And as He passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his

birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind ? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents : but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours there. fore, and they which before had seen him that he was a beggar, said, Is not this he that sat and begged ? Sorne said, This is he: others, No, but he is like him : but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened ? He answered and said, That man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. Now it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, who keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And

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man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind ? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but by what means he now seeth, we know not ; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not : he is of age; ask him: let him speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews : for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise : we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not; one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now

Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples? Then they cursed him, and said, Be thou his disciple! But we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as

. for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.

The man

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All are born blind by Original Sin.

589 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him, John And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see ; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also ? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin : but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Serm.

1. This, which has been recited, concerning the man Comp. born blind, whom the Lord Jesus enlightened, is a long 135.136. lesson, and should we attempt to handle the whole narrative with a fulness answerable to its dignity, by giving to each part in detail such consideration as we are able, the whole day would not suffice. Therefore, my beloved, I beg and advise that in those parts which are open, ye require no discourse of ours, for it will take too long to dwell upon all the circumstances one by one. Briefly, then, I bespeak your attention to the mystery of this blind man's enlightening. For so it is, that those acts of our Lord Jesus Christ which are astonishing and marvellous, are both works and words: works, because they were things done; words, because they are signs. If then we consider what is signified by this thing done, this blind man is mankind in general: for this blindness took place in the first man through sin, of whom we all have derived the origin not only of death, but also of iniquity. For if blindness is unbelief, and enlightenment faith, whom will Christ find a believer at His coming? Since indeed the Apostle, born as he was in the nation of the Prophets, saith, We too Eph. 2, were sometime by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. If children of wrath, children of vengeance, children of punishment, children of hell. How by nature, unless as by the sin of the first man, the "taint has grown into us to be as' vitium nature? If the taint has grown into us to be as nature, then, in respect of the mind, every man is born blind. For if he seeth, he needeth not one to lead him; if he needeth one to lead and to enlighten him, it follows that he is blind from his birth. 2. The Lord came: what did He? A great mystery hath He

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