Invisible and Unfinished State of the Earth
(ON THE HEXAEMERON)
THIS MORNING when we dwelt upon a few words, we found such hidden depth of thought that we despair completely of what follows. If the court of the sanctuary is so beautiful, and the vestibule of the temple is so august and magnificent, dazzling the eyes of our soul with its surpassing beauty, what must be the holy of holies? And who is fit to venture within the innermost shrine? Or who can look into its secrets? Indeed, even a glimpse of them is unattainable, and to explain what the mind conceives of them is exceedingly difficult. Since, however, rewards by no means contemptible are assigned by the just Judge even for merely undertaking needful tasks, let us not hesitate to investigate. In fact, even if we err in our opinion, nevertheless, if by the assistance of the Spirit we do not depart from the meaning of the Scripture, we ourselves shall not be judged entirely deserving of rejection, and with the help of grace we shall furnish some edification to the Church of God.
'But the earth was invisible and unfinished,' Moses says. 1 How is it, if both the heavens and the earth were of equal honor, that the heavens were brought to perfection and the earth is still imperfect and unfinished? Or, in short, what was the lack of preparation of the earth? And for what reason was____________________