Thursday, June 06, 2019

Taste of Divine Things

...[O]ne who receives the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son knows the Father and the Son and comes to them. The Spirit makes us know all things by inspiring us from within, by directing us and lifting us up to spiritual things. Just as one whose sense of taste is tainted does not have a true knowledge of flavors, so one who is tainted by love of the world cannot taste divine things: "The sensual man does not perceive those things of the Spirit of God" (1 Cor 2:14).

[St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospel of John, Chapters 13-21, Larcher & Weisheipl, trs., Catholic University of America Press (Washington, DC: 2010) p. 87 (section 1959).]

There's very certainly an implied reference to wisdom here, since the relation between sapientia, wisdom, and sapor, taste/flavor, particularly with regard to divine things, is common and is found elsewhere in Aquinas; he has in fact just finished talking about the fact that the Son is begotten Sapientia.

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