The Prophet Rejected
When God does not grant us benefits, because we will use them to our own detriment, God represses the torrents of his immense generosity, restrains the sea of his infinite love, and holds back the flow of his absolute power…God would rather appear stingy, so that we would not be worse than we need be, by withholding his largess if it would harm us. Since this is contrary to what is commonly understood as being generous, God places our advantage above his own reputation and his own nature.The Redeemer preached his marvelous doctrine, and after having worked many miracles and marvels in many places one would think that when he arrived in his home country he would have had a special place in the hearts of his neighbors and compatriots.
However, he had hardly arrived when instead of applauding him they began to censure and accuse him of what they considered his shortcomings…So that though Christ wanted to perform miracles in his home country, though he wanted to grant them benefits, they showed their wicked spirit by their malicious tongues and by the way they received his favors. Christ restrained himself from doing miracles so as not to give them the occasion to even greater wickedness…In so doing The Lord spared them this great burden by not granting them the benefits of his miracles, so that they were excused from the greater burden that would have resulted for them because of the miracles. Gravius—said the glorious Saint Gregory—inde iudicemur, cum enim augentur dona, rationes itiam crescunt donorum [They will be more severely judged who have greater gifts. With increased gifts come increased responsibilities]. The greater the gift, the greater is the debt to be repaid. Therefore, it is beneficial not to grant benefits when we will use them badly.