On John 5.1-18THE PERFORMANCE of an amazing deed1 by God ought not to be a source of amazement; for it would be an amazing thing if a human being had performed it. We ought to rejoice more than be amazed that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, became man than that God performed divine acts among men. For what he became for men is more valuable for our salvation than what he did among men; and that he healed the vices of souls is more valuable than that he healed the maladies of bodies which were going to die. But because the soul itself did not know him by whom it had to be healed and had eyes in the flesh with which it might see physical acts but did not yet have healthy eyes in the heart with which it might recognize the God lying hidden [there], he did what [the soul] could see so that that might be healed with which it could not see. He entered a place where there was lying a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, and those with shrivelled limbs. And since he was the physician of both souls and bodies and one who had come to heal all the souls of those who would believe, he chose one of those sick men whom he might heal in order to signify unity.
(2) If with common good sense, and as [one would] with his human capability and mental power, we should reflect upon him doing this, both as far as pertains to power, he did nothing great, and as pertains to kindness, he did too little. So many were lying there and only one was cured when with____________________