Tractates on the Gospel of John - Vol. 2

By Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo; John W. Rettig | Go to book overview

TRACTATE 24

On John 6.1-14

HE MIRACLES which our Lord, Jesus Christ, performed are indeed divine works; and from things that can be seen they prompt the human mind to an understanding of God. For because he is not such a substance as can be seen with the eyes, and [because] his miracles, by which he governs the whole world and administers all creation, have lost their impressiveness by constant repetition, so that almost no one deigns to notice the wondrous and stupendous works of God in any grain of seed, in accordance with his very own mercy he has reserved for himself certain works which he might do at an opportune time outside the usual course and order of nature, so that, by seeing [works], not greater but irregular, they might be amazed for whom the daily ones had become unimpressive.1

(2) For the governance of the whole world is a greater miracle than the satisfying of five thousand men from five loaves.2 Yet, at the former [miracles] no one is amazed; at the latter one, men are amazed, not because it is greater but because it is rare. For who even now feeds the whole world except he who creates crops from a few grain seeds? Therefore, he did as God does. For, by the same means by which he multiplies crops from a few grains, he multiplied in his hands the five loaves. The power was in fact in Christ's hands;3 but those five loaves were like seeds, not entrusted to the earth, to be sure, but multiplied by him who made the earth.

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1
Cf. Tractates 8.1, 9.1, 17.1, and 49.1.
2
This miracle of the five loaves and two fishes, the subject of this Tractate, is related in all four Gospels: here in Jn 6.1-14 and also in Mt 14.1521; Mk 6.35-44; Lk 9.12-17.
3
Cf. Tractate 9.5.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Abbreviations vii
  • Bibliography ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Tractate 11 9
  • Tractate 12 28
  • Tractate 13 44
  • Tractate 14 63
  • Tractate 15 78
  • Tractate 16 100
  • Tractate 17 108
  • Tractate 18 124
  • Tractate 19 139
  • Tractate 20 163
  • Tractate 21 178
  • Tractate 22 197
  • Tractate 23 212
  • Tractate 24 231
  • Tractate 25 239
  • Tractate 26 259
  • Tractate 27 277
  • Indices 289
  • Index of Holy Scripture 301
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