Isn’t He right in turning from us and punishing us,
when He gives Himself up for us entirely and yet we resist Him?
Surely, it is plain to everyone.
For whether you desire to adorn yourself, “Let it be,” He says, “with My ornaments”;
or to equip yourself, “with My arms”;
or to clothe yourself, “with My raiment”;
or to feed yourself, “at My table”;
or to travel, “on My way”;
or to inherit, “My inheritance”;
or to enter a country, “the city of which I am Builder and Maker”;
or to build a house “amongst My tabernacles” …
What can equal this generosity:
“I am Father, I am Brother, I am Bridegroom, I am dwelling place,
I am food, I am raiment, I am Root, I am foundation,
all whatsoever you will, I am”?
And “If you need nothing, I will even be a servant, for I came to minister, not to be ministered to;
I am Friend, member, Head, Brother, sister, and mother;
I am all; only cling closely to Me.
I was poor for you, and a wanderer for you, on the cross for you, in the tomb for you;
above I intercede for you to the Father, on earth I have come for your sake as an Ambassador from My Father.
You are all things to Me – brother, joint heir, friend, and member.”
What more could you ask for?
St. John Chrysostom