Daily Reading for May 8 • Dame Julian of Norwich, c. 1417
From the time that it was shown, I desired frequently to know what our Lord’s meaning was. And fifteen years after (and more) I was answered in spiritual understanding, saying thus:
“Wouldst thou know thy Lord’s meaning in this thing?
Be well aware:
love was his meaning.
Who showed it thee? Love.
What showed He thee? Love.
Why did He show it thee? For love.
Keep thyself in that love and thou shalt know and see more of the same,
but thou shalt never see nor know any other thing therein without end.”
Thus was I taught that love was our Lord’s meaning.
And I saw full certainly in this and in all the showings,
that before God made us, He loved us
and this love was never slackened
nor ever shall be.
In this love He has done all His works,
and in this love He has made all things beneficial to us,
and in this love our life is everlasting.
In our creation we had a beginning,
but the love in which He created us was in Him from without beginning,
and in this love we have our beginning.
And all this we shall see in God without end,
which may Jesus grant us. Amen.
From A Lesson of Love: The Revelations of Julian of Norwich, edited and translated for devotional use by Father John-Julian, OJN (Walker and Company, 1988).