“When a man is enriched with heavenly treasure — and I mean the presence
and the indwelling of Him Who said: ‘I and the Father shall come and make
our home in him,’ — then such a man knows in his very soul what immense
grace he has received and what great happiness he contains within the
palace of his heart. He speaks to God like one friend to another, and in
all boldness stands before the face of Him Who dwells in light
St. Symeon the New Theologian.
In English we have a word to describe this very spirit of which Saint Symeon teaches – enthusiasm. This word is derived from the two greek words – en + theos, which literally mean “God in you”. As followers and partakers of Christ in the holy Eucharist, may we ever be “enthusiastic”, that our Lord may ever abide in us!
Behold these words in the Gospel of Saint John:
John 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 47-56