By Saint John Chrysostom
I am your father, your brother, your bridegroom, your home, the one who brings you up, your cloth, your root, your foundation. I am all whatever you may wish for, in order not to be in need of anything.
I will be your servant too, for I came to serve, not to be served. I am your friend and member, your head and brother, sister and mother. I am all for you. Only stay closely to me.
I became poor and a wanderer for you. I was hung on the cross for you, placed in the tomb for you. In heaven I pray for you to the Father. I was sent by my Father for your sake and I came to earth. You are everything to me, brother, and co-heir, a friend and member. What more would you ask for? Why do you turn away from Him, who loves you so much?
Saint John Chrysostom, On Matthew 76,5· PG 58,700
God’s love united earth to Heaven. God’s love seated man on the kingly throne. God’s love manifested God upon earth.
God’s love made him, the Beloved, surrender to death for the sake of his enemies, of those who hate the Son...
God’s love didn’t stop here, but called us to more greater things. God didn’t only release us from our former evils, but promised to bestow upon us other much greater blessings.
For all these things, then, let us give thanks to God, and follow after every virtue and above all things, let us with complete precision practice love that we may be counted worthy to attain the promised blessings.
Saint John Chrysostom, Commentary on the Ephesians 9,4· PG 62,74-75