What the Fathers Preached

Text: Mark 8:1-9

There the people sat on the grass; here upon the ground. On both occasions the same manner of speech, the same grace, the same power, the one Divinity. There they sit on grass; that is, upon the dead works of the flesh-for all flesh is grass, as the prophet says (Isaiah 40). Here they sit upon the ground; that is, they tread down the things of earth. There  5000 are fed, and this number has reference to the Jews; for Peter, after the resurrection of the Lord, lifted up his voice, and the number who believed was made 5000. But here are 4000; which means that all peoples, from the four points of the heavens, are filled with the sevenfold grace of the Spirit unto life eternal.
And so, Beloved, we who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, not through the law but by faith, who are redeemed, not by its works but by grace itself; who are filled, not from the five loaves, that is, from the five books of Moses, but by the sevenfold grace of the Holy Spirit… let us continue in this grace of the sevenfold Spirit, in which we were called, being filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:11) through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Ghost God for ever and ever. Amen (St. Maximus)

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

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