On the beginning of creation: "In the beginning God created heaven and earth."1.
TODAY, LOOKING AT your dear faces, I am filled with great happiness. (26c) My happiness is not simply that of doting parents who are pleased to have their children milling around them and bringing them pleasure by some other nice behavior or attention to them. My joy and satisfaction now is keener than that, to see the way you have come together here in a spiritual assembly with such propriety, ardent in your desire to hear the divine sayings, spurning nourishment and longing for spiritual feasting, thus demonstrating in deed that word of the Lord which reads: (26d) "Human beings will not live on bread alone, but on every word coming from the mouth of God."2.
(2) So come now, let us imitate the farmers: when they see the land scarified and cleared of the obstruction of weeds, they sow the seed liberally. It should be the same with ourselves. When by the grace of God the soil which is our spiritual self is cleared of troublesome passions and is relieved of intemperance, there are no storms or tempests at any stage of its reasoning, but only peace and the great tranquillities of a mind ready to fly aloft, you might say, right up to heaven, and contemplate spiritual things in preference to carnal. (27a) So____________________