Saturday, April 03, 2004

On April 3, 1870
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., preached a sermon, of which the following notes survive.
Gospel for Passion Sunday

"1. INTROD.—We veil our crosses. On the various gospels descriptive of our Lord's hiding Himself.

2. He hid Himself from the Jews because they had refused the light.

3. He is the light of the world and the light of the soul.

4. Abraham had first 'seen' Him-on Moriah-and the other prophets, as if mounted on high. And all the Jews, though they had not seen Him, had heard of Him and expected Him. He was the 'expectation of the nations.'

5. At length 'He came unto His own,' etc. 'The light shineth in the darkness.'

6. A warning to all of us lest we receive the grace of God in vain. A yearly warning.

7. We cannot be as others. We have had great opportunities. We mix with Protestants. They have their own views. They argue and conclude on their own basis. They are sharp and clever men of business; good politicians; on their own principles right. No wonder they think so differently, for the great bulk of them have not seen what we have seen. But Luke x. 23-24 .

8. O let us beware lest we ever get blinded. Isa. vi. 9-10 .

9. 'Strive to enter the strait gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able,' Luke xiii. 24. "


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