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True Source of Life

[Acts 10:1–16; John 6:56–69] When the Lord pre­sent­ed His teach­ing about the mys­tery of His Body and Blood, set­ting it as a nec?essary con­di­tion for com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Him­self and as a source of true life, then many of His dis­ci­ples went back, and walked no more with Him (John 6:66). Such an act of God’s bound­less mer­cy toward us seemed too mirac­u­lous to them, and their dis­in­cli­na­tion toward the miracu?lous tore them from the Lord. The Lord saw this, and although He was pre­pared to be cru­ci­fied for the sal?vation of every per­son, He did not con­sid­er it pos­si­ble to dimin­ish or can­cel the mirac­u­lous. It is so cru?cial in the econ­o­my of our salva?tion! Albeit with regret, He allowed them to depart from Him into the dark­ness of unbe­lief and destruc?tion; and said to them and to the cho­sen twelve as well, will ye also go away? (John 6:67) This showed that He was ready to let them go al?so, if they could not bow down be?fore the mirac­u­lous. So it is, that to flee from the mirac­u­lous is to flee from the Lord and Sav­iour; and one who turns away from the miracu?lous is as one who is per­ish­ing. May those who are hor­ri­fied by the mi?raculous heed this! Even they will come across a mir­a­cle which they will not be able to thwart: death, and after death, judg­ment. But whether this inabil­i­ty to thwart it will serve them unto sal­va­tion, only God knows.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse