On John 5.24-30ODAY'S GOSPEL READING continues the discourses delivered to you on the day before yesterday and yesterday1 and, keeping with the sequence, let us examine it, not as befits its importance, but in view of our strength because you too grasp, not in proportion to the abundance of the overflowing fountain, but to your limited capacity. And we direct our words to your ears, not so much as the fountain itself pours forth, but as much as we can take which we may transmit to your minds, with the fountain himself working more abundantly in your hearts than us upon your ears. For a great matter is being discussed, and not by great men, but rather by very small ones.
(2) Nevertheless, he gives to us hope and confidence who, though great, became small for us. For, if we were not encouraged by him, nor invited to understand him, but rather, he were to forsake us as contemptible, because we cannot take his divinity if he himself did not take our mortality and come to us to speak his gospel to us, if what is ignoble and least in us he had not wished to share with us, we would think that he did not wish to give us his greatness, who took on our smallness.
(3) I have said these things that no one may either censure us for discussing these things, as if we were too brash, or may despair of himself that he can grasp, by the gift of God, what the Son of God has deigned to say to him. Therefore what he has deigned to say to us we ought to believe because he meant for us to understand. But if we cannot, he who, unasked, offered his word, when asked, offers understanding.____________________