(ii) From the multitude of people to whom she
tells the news, not to one nor to two or three but
to a whole city. This is why she went away into
method of preaching.
She salth to the men there: Come, and see a man who
has told me all things whatsoever
I have done. Is not
he the Christ? John iv. 29.
(i) She invites them to look upon Christ:
Come, and see a man she did not straightway say
that they should give themselves to Christ, for
that might have been for them an occasion for
blasphemy, but, to begin with, she told them
things about Christ which were believable and
open to observation. She told them he was a man.
did she say, Believe, but come and see, for she
knew that if they, too, tasted of that well, looking
is upon Our Lord, they, too, would feel
all she had felt. And she follows the example of
a true preacher in that
she attracts the men not
to herself but to Christ.
(ii) She gives them a hint that Christ is God
when she says, A man who has told me all things
whatsoever I have done, that is to say, how many
husbands she had had. She is not ashamed to
bring up things that make for her own confusion,
because the soul, once it is lighted up with the divine
fire, in no way looks to earthly values and standards,
cares neither for its own glory nor its shame, but
only for that flame which holds and consumes it.
(iii) She suggests that this proves the majesty
of Christ, saying, Is not he the Christ? She does
dare to assert that he is the Christ, lest she have
the appearance of wishing to teach others, and
the others, irritated
thereat, refuse to go out to
Him. Nor, on the other hand, does she leave
the matter in silence, but she puts it
questioningly, as though she left it to their own
judgment. For this is the easiest of all ways of
3. The Fruit of Preaching.