MONDAY THE EIGHTH OF MAY, 2017
* Julian of Norwich *
God, of thy goodness, give me yourself;
for you are enough for me,
and I can ask for nothing less
that can be full honour to you.
And if I ask anything that is less,
ever shall I be in want,
for only in you have I all. Amen.
( Julian of Norwich )
God chose to be our mother in all things
and so made the foundation of his work,
most humble and most pure,
in the Virgin's womb.
God, the perfect wisdom of all,
arrayed himself in this humble place.
Christ came in our poor flesh
to share a mother's care.
Our mothers bear us for pain and for death;
our true mother, Jesus,
bears us for joy and endless life.
Christ carried us within him in love and travail,
until the full time of his passion.
And when all was completed
and he had carried us so for joy,
still all this could not satisfy
the power of his wonderful love.
All that we owe is redeemed in truly loving God,
for the love of Christ works in us;
Christ is the one whom we love.
( Julian of Norwich )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Lady Julian of Norwich: all shall be well
Today, the Saint Laika’s community remembers Lady Julian of Norwich. Of the Lady herself, we know very little. Even her name was taken from the church at which she lived a secluded life as a hermit.
She was born in 1342 during the time when the black plague was virulent. At age thirty after an illness so severe that she was near death, she received a series of fifteen visions or “showings,” as she called them of the passion of Christ. She wrote a book about the visions called "Revelations of Divine Love."
Julian believed that sin was necessary because it brings someone to self-knowledge, which leads to acceptance of the role of God in their life. She believed that humans sin because they are ignorant or naive, and not because they are evil, the reason commonly given by the mediaeval church to explain sin. To learn we must fail, and to fail we must sin. She saw no wrath in God at all, only love, she taught that sin was part of our learning about the need and reality of God’s love.
Julian's belief in God as mother was controversial. According to Julian, God is both our mother and our father. Julian believed that the mother's role was the truest of all jobs on earth. She emphasised this by explaining how the bond between mother and child is the only earthly relationship that comes close to the relationship a person can have with Jesus.
Quote: “This blessed friend is Jesus; it is his will and plan that we hang on to him, and hold tight always, in whatever circumstances; for whether we are filthy or clean is all the same to his love."
Scripture. In the forty-sixth chapter of "Isaiah," at verses three and four we read:
"Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, even when you turn grey I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save."
... for peace in the world.
... for those whose faith leads them to live in seclusion, dedicated to God alone.
... for those who help us understand the love of God.
... for participants in the Julian Meetings, members and affiliates of the Order of Julian of Norwich and all other organisations who have Julian as their patron or inspiration.
... for the shrine of Saint Julian in Norwich, England, and the people who make known God's love in that place.
... for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. DETAILS
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From "Revelations of Divine Love" by Julian of Norwich:
Jesus wants us to understand four things: first, that he himself is our ground, the soil from which we grow, the foundation on which we are built; second, that he guards us and keeps us safe when we are in the midst of sin, when our own choices allow our enemies to surround us, when we do not even realise our own need; third, that he guards us with care and kindness, showing us where we have gone astray and fourth, that his presence is always with us, and his loving gaze never wavers, for he wants us to turn back to him and become united with him in love, as he is with us.
Lord God, who in your compassion granted to the Lady Julian many revelations of your nurturing and sustaining love: Move our hearts, like hers, to seek you above all things, for in giving us yourself you give us all; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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