HOMILY OF ST AUGUSTINE, BISHOP, ON JOHN 14:1-6
A greater attention to God, brethren, must be aroused in us, that we may take in with our minds the words of the holy Gospel which have just now sounded in our ears. For the Lord Jesus said: “Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” Lest they should fear death, as men, and so be troubled, he consoles them, testifying that he also is God. “You believe,” he says, “in God, believe also in me. For it follows that if you believe in God, you should also believe in me,” which would not follow if Christ were not God.
YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN HIM WITH WHOM IT IS NATURAL TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD
You believe in God, believe also in him with whom it is natural, not by robbery, to be equal with God; for he emptied himself, not however relinquishing the form of God, but taking the form of a servant. You fear death for this form of a servant. Let not your heart be troubled; the form of God will raise it up.
IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY MANSIONS
But what is the meaning of this that follows: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions,” unless it was that they also feared for themselves? Therefore, they might have heard: “Let not your heart be troubled.” For which of them would not fear, when it was said to Peter, the readiest and most confident of them all: “The cock shall not crow before you deny me three times?” At the thought that they might fall away from him, they were justly troubled; but when they heard: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions; were it not so, I should have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you,” they were relieved of their anxiety, being certain and confident that after the danger of temptation they would remain in the presence of God with Christ. For although one is stronger than another, one wiser than another, one more righteous than another, one holier than another, “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.” Not one of them shall be estranged from that house, where each will receive a mansion according to his merits.
– St Augustine, Treatise 67 on John, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964