The Cause of Spiritual Stupitidy

How is it that ye do not understand?

— St. Mark. 8:21

The lesson our Lord would have his disciples understand, the only one worthy of the miracle, was that God cared for his children and would provide for their necessities. This lesson they had not learned. No doubt the power of the miracle was some proof of his mission, but the love of it proved it better, for it made it worth proving; it was a throb of the Father’s heart. The ground of the Master’s upbraiding is not that they did not understand him, but that they did not trust God; that after all they had seen, they yet troubled themselves about bread. The miracles of Jesus were the ordinary works of his Father, wrought small and swift that we might take them in. The lesson of them was that help is always within God’s reach when his children want it. The Son’s mission was not to show himself as having all power in heaven and earth, but to reveal his Father, to show him to men such as he is, that men may know him, and knowing, trust him. It were a small boon indeed that God should forgive men, and not give himself. It would be but to give them back themselves. Only God, just as he is, God the gift, can turn the sorrow of men’s existence into joy.  Jesus came to give them God, who is eternal life.