The Father, Son and the Spirit in the icon of the Divine Heart – 5

God the Father

God the Father is “the super-essential Sun . . . infinite . . . by nothing encompassed, but rather Himself the encompasser . . . He keeps all being in His own embrace . . . And to put it shortly, all the statements made about God that imply body have some hidden meaning and teach us what is above us by means of something familiar to ourselves, with the exception of any statement concerning the bodily sojourn of the God-Word” (John of Damascus, De fide orthodoxa).

The Holy Trinity

“For the Son is in the Father and the Spirit . . . without ever leaving the Father’s bosom [even when He became man] . . . and the Spirit in the Father and the Son: and the Father in the Son and the Spirit, but there is no coalescence or commingling or confusion” (ibid.).

Our place in the Father’s Divine Heart

“A father’s bosom is a fit and becoming seat for a son, but the place of the footstool is for them that have been forced to fall” (Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit). For God said, “You are godlike beings, and all of you sons of the Most High” (Ps 82:6). Meanwhile, Jesus Christ said that, “Is it not written in your law, I said ‘You are gods?’ If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be broken…” (Jn 10:34-36). Christ added that, “the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18) . . . shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself: that where I am, you also may be” (Jn 14:3).