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 thou desirest, I am.
Be thou in need of nothing.
I will be even a servant,
for I came to minister, not to be ministered unto;
I am friend, and member, and head,
and brother, and sister, and mother;
I am all, only cling thou closely to Me.
I was poor for thee, and a wanderer for thee,
on the cross for thee, in the tomb for thee;
above, I intercede for thee;
on earth, I am come for thy sake
an ambassador from My father.
Thou art all things to Me:
brother, and joint heir, and friend, and member.
What wouldest thou more?
(From St John Chrysostom's 76th Homily
on the Gospel of St Matthew)