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Augustine on John 1

This morning I'm searching for my Christmas Day sermon. I always find it harder to preach on John 1 than Luke 2. Augustine's Tractates are more classroom lectures than sermons and one really has to mine them to get homily worthy materials. But they always afford great insights:

"Not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man." The apostle puts flesh for woman; because, when she was made of his rib, Adam said, "This is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh."15 And the apostle saith, "He that loveth his wife loveth himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh."16 Flesh, then, is put for woman, in the same manner that spirit is sometimes put for husband. Wherefore? Because the one rules, the other is ruled; the one ought to command, the other to serve. For where the flesh commands and the spirit serves, the house is turned the wrong way. What can be worse than a house where the woman has the mastery over the man? But that house is rightly ordered where the man commands and the woman obeys. In like manner that man is rightly ordered where the spirit commands and the flesh serves.
Pr. H. R.Comment