The Theoptes (i.e. one who looked upon God).  

The Prophet Moses receiving the Decaloque. 12th or 13th century.

 
The Law of the LORD is perfect;
it revives the soul.
The decrees of the LORD are steadfast;
they give wisdom to the simple.
— Ps. 19:8
 
Thus says the Lord, ...
What kind of house can you build for me;
what is to be my resting place?
My hand made all these things
when all of them came to be. ...
— Is 66:1-2
... to be prepared for this divine union [of love] the intellect must be cleansed and emptied of everything relating to sense, divested and liberated of everything clearly intelligible, inwardly pacified and silenced, and supported by faith alone, which is the only proximate and proportionate means to union with God.
— St. John of the Cross; Ascent 2.9.1
"We can imagine the commotion, the screaming, the noise of animals, the sound of money falling … as Jesus chases the animals out of the Temple.  The money changers shout in fury …. Jesus with a whip, filled with the “zeal of his Father’s house,” cannot bear to see this holy place - where the Jewish people were called to listen to God and be faithful to God’s covenant of love - turned to a place of commerce. ..."
He [Jesus] reveals “something totally new.  The Temple of Jerusalem is, and always be, a place of holiness. Now his body, his very being, is the new Temple, the place of holiness where God dwells.  Jesus is indicating that life and love and healing and forgiveness will flow from him, through his body, his broken and risen body, for he is the Word-Made-Flesh … God has become one of us through the body of Jesus. … God has pitched his tent among us."

- Jean Vanier, Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John


Catacomb fresco, Rome, 4th century

 
And the Samaritan woman forgot the water and the water jar for the sweetness of God’s words [Jn. 4:28].
— St. John of the Cross; Living Flame of Love, 1.6

 

Atacama Desert, Chile 1960.  Photograph by Jim Price (1930-2004)