A marvelous quote from Hilary on the feeding of the 5000. This is a prime example of how the church fathers can have such an intense devotional focus. If you’ve ever wondered what it looked like when Jesus was feeding the crowds, this is the closest I’ve ever seen to an explanation or description — and I like where he ends up. Enjoy.

Five loaves are accordingly placed before the multitude, and broken into pieces; the new increase flows imperceptibly from the hands breaking the fragments; the bread from which they are broken not growing less, while the portions broken off continue to fill the hand that is breaking them. Neither sense nor sight can follow the progress of the wondrous operation. That is now which was not; that is seen which is not comprehended; what alone remains is to believe that God can do all things.

— Hilary, De Trin. III, 6

Here.

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