“It is indeed more awesome that earth is transformed into a heaven, that man is changed by deification, and that those whose lot is slavery get the rights of domination”

What is more awesome: that God gives Himself to earth, or that He places you in Heaven? That He himself enters a union with flesh, or that He causes you to enter into a sharing of the Divinity? That He Himself accepts death, or that He recovers you from death? That He Himself is born into your state of slavery, or that He makes you to be free children of His own? That He takes your poverty upon Himself, or that He makes you His heirs, yes, co-heirs of His unique Self?

It is indeed more awesome that earth is transformed into a heaven, that man is changed by deification, and that those whose lot is slavery get the rights of domination.

All this is indeed something to fill us with fear. Nevertheless, the present situation has reference not to the one instructing but to the One who gives the command. Therefore, my little children, let us approach where charity summons, love draws, and affection invites us. May our hearts perceive God as our Father! Our voice should proclaim this, our tongue should utter it, our spirit should shout it aloud; and everything that is in us should be in tune with grace, not fear. For He who has changed from a judge into a Father who wishes to be loved, not feared.

St Peter Chrysologus

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  1. This is beautiful. The only line I disagree with is the last one. For the Nicene creed clearly states the very FIRST characteristic of God before ANYTHING else, is always Father. Even before Almighty! ‘We believe in One God, the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth………’ Judge is possibly the very last! God never changed from being a judge to being a father! He was always Father, it was our fear and blindness that gave Him the title of Judge first! Because a ‘judge’ could only become into existence when the law came into existence and not before! And the law only came into existence when we chose sin!

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