Christ the Bridegroom
The Old Testament prophets, and mystics ever since, have searched for ways to describe God’s love for humankind. They have compared God to father, mother, bridegroom, lover. Bridegroom was how many mystics thought of Christ in the high Middle Ages. This icon depicts Christ as the royal bridegroom, together with St. John the Evangelist, an intimate friend.
In the Christian scheme of things, love is the only path to God, and God is called Love. William of St. Thierry, a 12th century French monk, summoned up the spiritual life in this way: "You first loved us so that we might love you. And that was not because you needed to be loved by us, but because we could not be what you created us to be except by loving you."
(On Contemplating God. 10)
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