De Sacramentis 1.1.27

1.1.27 “The sacrament why fishes and birds were made of the one matter and were not placed in the one abode.”What is the sacramental significance of the fact that birds, though made of the same elements as the fish below, were nonetheless raised up to inhabit a higher place? In this we have a picture of, on the one hand, the common nature and “whole descent of the human race” and, on the other hand, how “some are justly left below in that corruption in which they were born” and “others are raised above by the gift of grace to the lot of their heavenly country.” So, birds and fish, Jacob and Esau, elect and reprobate.


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