Christ’s Motherly Love – Julian of Norwich

Our kind Mother, our gracious Mother, for he would be wholly our mother in every way, he took up the ground of his work at its lowest point, in the Maiden’s womb, with utter meekness. And this he showed in the first revelation, where he brought my understanding to see her in simple guise, a modest maid, just as she was when she conceived. This is to say that our high God who is sovereign wisdom of all arrayed himself in this low place, clothing himself in our poor flesh, so that he might himself perform the service and office of motherhood in all things.

The mother’s task is nearest, readiest, and most sure, for it is the most real truth. This task might never, nor could it, be done by anyone other than himself. We will know that all our mothers bear us to pain and to dying. Yet what does he do? Our own true Mother Jesus, he who is all love, bears us to joy and endless living – blessed may he be! Thus he sustains us within himself in love and labor until the full time when he gladly suffered the sharpest throes and most grievous pains that ever were or ever shall be, and died at last.

And when he had done, and so borne us to bliss, yet all this still could not satisfy his marvelous love. This he showed in these high words of overriding love: “If I might suffer more, I would suffer more,” he might not die again, yet he would never cease his working. And therefore he is compelled to feed us, for the precious love of his motherhood makes him a debtor to us. The mother may suckle her children with her own milk, but our precious Mother Jesus, he may feed us with himself. And he does this most courteously, with much tenderness, with the Blessed Sacrament that is our precious food of true life. And with all the sweet sacraments he sustains us with every mercy and grace (133-134).

Reference: Julian of Norwich. Revelation of Love. Trans. John Skinner. New York: Bookspan, 2002. Print.


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