What the Fathers Preached

Re: Mark 8:1-9

In the earlier account of the five loaves and two fishes he fed 5000 men; here he feeds 4000 men from seven loaves and a few fishes. There the disciples suggest to the Lord, saying: this is a desert place, and the hour is now past; send away the multitudes, that going into the towns they may buy themselves victuals. Here the disciples are wholly silent. It is the Lord alone who is solicitous for them. Let us see why they are silent. Because they were not yet sent to preach to the Gentiles, but rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Therefore the first parable relates to the Jews, but this to the Gentiles. There, there were five loaves; that is, the five books of Moses. Here, there were seven; which stands for the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to the holy Isaiah the prophet, who says: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). (St. Maximus)

(From:The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers (4 Volume Set))

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