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For the Fourth Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on the Feeding of the Five Thousand

March 30, 2014

From Faith and Life, here is a reading from St. Augustine for the Fourth Sunday in Lent:

Let us turn our thoughts to Him who wrought this miracle. He is Himself the Bread that came down from heaven; but a Bread which feeds us, and does not fail; a Bread which can be eaten, but cannot be eaten up. Manna, also, was a symbol of Himself as Bread. Wherefore it is said; “He gave them the Bread of Heaven; man did eat Angels’ Bread.” What is the Bread of Heaven, but Christ? But that man might eat the bread of Angels, the Lord of Angels became Man. For if He had not become Man, we should not have His Flesh; if we had not His Flesh, we should not eat the Bread of the Altar. Let us hasten to our inheritance, because hereby we have received a great pledge of it. O my brethren, let us long after the life of Christ, because we hold the death of Christ as a pledge. How will He not give us His good things, who has suffered our evil things?  What did He receive? That which abounds here— to be born, to suffer, and to die. And what has He given? To be born again, to rise again, and to reign for ever.

–St. Augustine, Sermon cxxx.

He came to Earth, that we might gain Heaven.

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