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Sympathy towards the Divine

Thurs­day. [Gal. 3:23–4:5; Mark 6:30–45] And peo­ple ran afoot thith­er out of all cities… and came togeth­er unto Him. This is to the Beth­sai­da desert, where the mar­vel­lous fill­ing of five thou­sand with five loaves of bread and two fish­es was per­formed. What drew the peo­ple to the Lord? Sym­pa­thy towards the Divine. The Divin­i­ty of the Lord, hid­den under the cov­er of human nature, reveal?ed itself in word, deed, gaze, and in all that was vis­i­ble in the Lord. The man­i­fes­ta­tions of the God­head awak­ened a feel­ing of the God­head hid­den in the heart, and through it drew peo­ple to the Lord. Nobody has pow­er to hold back such a move­ment toward the Lord, not even the one who feels it, because it is deep­er and stronger than all oth?er move­ments. The same Divin­i­ty, man­i­fest­ed lat­er by the Sav­iour, drew peo­ple of every tongue under the heav­ens to Him. It has been the same through­out the entire his­to­ry of the Church, even to this day. A small trace of the Divine draws peo?ple to itself. What fol­lows from this expe­ri­ence every­where and at all times of our spir­it’s aspi­ra­tion for the Divine? What fol­lows is that what is Divine, what is super­nat­ur­al — is the God­head, its source. This aspi­ra­tion lies in the foun­da­tion of our spir­it and con­sti­tutes its nature, as any­one can see from our intellec?tual, aes­thet­ic and prac­ti­cal con?cerns. But in nature there can­not be lies and decep­tion; con­se­quent­ly they do not exist in this aspi­ra­tion for the God­head. From this it fol?lows that God and the Divine exist, and that the nat­u­ral­ists, in reject­ing what is super­nat­ur­al, are going a?gainst the nature of the human spir?it.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse