January 11, 2012
Julian Meditations

January, 2012

In Heaven

Julian of Norwich

CHRIST IS OUR WAY, leading us surely in his laws. In his body he bears us up to heaven. Christ (who has within himself all who are to be saved) presents us in worship to his heavenly Father. And his Father most gratefully receives us, his present [his gift], and in his courtesy gives us back to his Son, Jesus Christ.

Such an action and gift brings joy to the Father, and happiness to the Son, and delight to the Holy Spirit. And of all the things we do, that which delights our Lord most is to see us rejoicing in the Holy Trinity's joy over our salvation.

Despite any feelings we may have of grief or pleasure, God wants us to realize by faith that we are in fact more in heaven than on earth.

From Revelations of Divine Love (written in the 1373 by Julian of Norwich), translated into modern English by Clifton Wolters (Bungay, Suffolk, UK: Penguin Classics, 1966).