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Brethren, we cannot hold our peace on the Sufferings of Christ; we must speak of them; for both the time and place constrain us to do so. For, since He Died for us, shall we not tell of His Passion? Yea, rather, we will dwell on it, and proclaim it aloud. He Is on the Cross, for thy sake, O sinner; and thou, be at His feet, for thy own sake also. Thou darest not think or say nothing of thy Lord's Sufferings; for where He Suffered, there Satan died.

The Traitor is come to look about him; and when come, he is on the alert and ready, not in places unknown, but in a spot which he knows full well. That place is near you. But what is meant by 'near you?' To that very place which you yourselves had shown to others is the traitor come, bringing with him a crowd; as if much people could overrule the Power of God! The Devil's son is come with swords, that are the wiles of his father who came to Adam as a friend, while he acted by him as an enemy: for he deceived and overcame him like a man that was taken in. And here he hid his guile under a kiss; although he remonstrated when his friendship was doubted. Did he come to betray with a kiss? No; he came not to kiss, but to betray. I resist not, said The Lord; do what thou listed: thou alone art the cause of thy own destruction. That was to the Traitor himself; but to those who came to lay hands on Him, He Said: What seek ye? They answered: Jesus of Nazareth. And The Lord replied: I am He; I resist you not, I flee not from you; for this very purpose am I come, and to this end was I born. But while He Spake they and the traitor fell backwards to the earth; to show that He had come there of His Own Accord, for if they could not stand His Speaking to them, how could they have bound Him against His Will? "If ye seek Me," Said The Lord, "let these go their way."

- St. Eusebius Of Emesa, Homily On The Sufferings And Death Of Our Lord, Opening Words.

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