On the passage from, "And there was a great number of the heavenly army," up to the point where it says, "They found Mary and Joseph, and Jesus laid in a manger."
OUR LORD and Savior is born in Bethlehem. And a "great number of the heavenly army"1. praises God and says, "Glory to God on high, and peace on earth among men of good will."2. This "great number of the heavenly army" speaks thus because they had already failed to provide assistance to men. They realized they could not fulfill the task that had been entrusted to them without him who could truly save and who could also help the governing angels themselves, so that men could be saved. The Gospel records3. that certain men were ploughing the sea with oars against contrary winds. They were already exhausted. They had toiled for twenty-five or thirty stadia4. and could not reach port. Afterwards the Lord came to them. He made the swelling waves grow calm and freed the ship, whose hull was being buffeted on both sides, from imminent danger.
2. Understand the passage in the following way. The angels wanted to offer men help and to provide them with a cure for their diseases. "All spirits are servants, sent to minister on account of those who are to attain salvation.''5. As much as they could, they helped men. But they realized that their remedy fell far short of what men's cure required. Take it a step fur-____________________