… now that grace was appearing, it would be fitting that many tokens of that exalted citizenship be expressed. It is like the sun not yet arisen, but from afar more than half the world is already illuminated by its light. So did Christ, when about to rise from that womb – even before his birth – cast light upon all the world. In this way, even before her birth pains, prophets danced for joy and women foretold what was to come. And John, even before his birth, leaped in the womb.

John Chrysostom, The Gospel of Matthew, Homily 4.4 in Manlio Simonetti (ed), Matthew 1-13, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture New Testament Ia, (InterVarsity Press, 2001) 14-15.

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