Sayings of the Saints
           On mat 19
    GREGORY NAZIANZEN
NPNF second series Vol 7 – pp 338

ORATION 37
ON THE WORDS OF THE GOSPEL, “WHEN JESUS HAD FINISHED THESE SAYINGS,” ETC.
— S. MATTHEW 19:1

1. Jesus Who Chose The Fishermen, Himself also useth a net, and changeth place for
place. Why? Not only that He may gain more of those who love God by His visitation;
but also, as it seems to me, that He may hallow more places. To the Jews He
becomes as a Jew that He may gain the Jews; to them that are under the Law as
under the Law, that He may redeem them that are under the Law; to the weak as
weak, that He may save the weak. He is made all things to all men that He may gain
all. Why do I say, All things to all men? For even that which Paul could not endure to
say of himself I find that the Savior suffered. For He is made not only a Jew, and not
only doth He take to Himself all monstrous and vile names, but even that which is
most monstrous of all, even very sin and very curse; not that He it such, but He is
called so. For how can He be sin, Who setteth us free from sin; and how can He be a
curse, Who redeemeth us from the curse of the Law? But it is in order that He may
carry His display of humility even to this extent, and form us to that humility which is
the producer of exaltation. As I said then, He is made a Fisherman; He
condescendeth to all; He casteth the net; He endureth all things, that He may draw
up the fish from the depths, that is, Man who is swimming in the unsettled and bitter
waves of life.

II. Therefore now also, when He had finished these sayings He departed from Galilee
and came into the coasts of Judea beyond Jordan; He dwelleth well in Galilee, in
order that the people which sat in darkness may see great Light. He removeth to
Judea in order that He may persuade people to rise up from the Letter and to follow
the Spirit. He teacheth, now on a mountain; now He discourseth on a plain; now He
passeth over into a ship; now He rebuketh the surges. And perhaps He goes to sleep,
in order that He may bless sleep also; perhaps He is tired that He may hallow
weariness also; perhaps He weeps that He may make tears blessed. He removeth
from place to place, Who is not contained in any place; the timeless, the bodiless,
the uncircumscript, the same Who was and is; Who was both above time, and came
under time, and was invisible and is seen.

He was in the beginning and was with God, and was God. The word Was occurs the
third time to be confirmed by number. What He was He laid aside; what He was not
He assumed; not that He became two, but He deigned to be One made out of the
two. For both are God, that which assumed, and that which was assumed; two
Natures meeting in One, not two Sons (let us not give a false account of the
blending). He who is such and so great — but what has befallen me? I have fallen
into human language. For how can So Great be said of the Absolute, and how can
That which is without quantity be called Such? But pardon the word, for I am
speaking of the greatest things with a limited instrument. And That great and long-
suffering and formless and bodiless Nature will endure this, namely, my words as if of
a body, and weaker than the truth. For if He condescended to Flesh, He will also
endure such language.