July 14

The manna which was given to Israel in the desert (Exodus 16:14-35) is the Logos of God. Those who eat it find that it supplies every spiritual delight. It is blended to suit every taste in accordance with the different desires of those who eat it, for it has the quality of every kind of spiritual food. Thus, to those who through the Spirit have been born from above by means of incorruptible seed (John 3:3-5), it comes as pure spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2); to the weak it comes as vegetables (Romans 14:2) sustaining the soul’s passible aspect (passionate aspect; incensive and appetitive); to those in whom the soul’s organs of perception have been trained by long practice to distinguish between good and evil it serves as solid food (Hebrews 5:14).

The Logos of God also has other infinite powers which cannot be encompassed in this world. If at death a man is worthy to be put in charge of many things or all things because in this world he has been faithful in small things (Matthew 25:21), he will also receive all or some of these other powers of the Logos. For the most exalted of the divine gifts of grace bestowed in this world is scant and minimal compared with those that are held in store for us.

                                                    ~St Maximos the Confessor

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