The son of God is, in the words of St. Paul, “the brightness of His glory and the figure of His substance” (Heb. 1:3).

God saw all things only in the face of His Son.

This was to give them their natural being, bestowing upon them many graces and natural gifts, making them perfect, as it is written in the book of Genesis: “God saw all the things that He had made: and they were very good” (Gen. 1:31).

To see all things very good was to make them very good in the Word, His Son.

He not only gave them their being and their natural graces when He beheld them, but He also clothed them with beauty in the face of His Son, communicating to them a supernatural being when He made man, and exalted him to the beauty of God, and, by consequence, all creatures in him, because He united Himself to the nature of them all in man.

For this cause the Son of God Himself said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all things to Myself” (John 12:32).

And thus in this exaltation of the incarnation of His Son, and the glory of His resurrection according to the flesh, the Father not only made all things beautiful in part, but also, we may well say, clothed them wholly with beauty and dignity.

John of the Cross (1542-1591): Spiritual Canticle, Stanza 5, 3-4.