Revelations of Divine Love

Revelations of Divine Love is a book of mystical devotion written by Julian of Norwich. In the book, she relates sixteen revelations she received from Jesus on her deathbed on May 8, 1342. These revelations were generally of Christ’s passion wherein Christ gave her the understanding of his deep love and compassion for all of us, and that “all will be well.” Her work is a guide to allow us into a deeper relationship with Jesus. She wrote in Middle English (and was a contemporary of Chaucer) and is the first known woman English writer. We use the “short text” she wrote soon after her recovery, supplemented by the long text she wrote decades later. As additional background for the study, I am reading An  Explorer’s Guide to Julian of Norwich by Veronica Rolf and Love’s Trinity: A Companion to Julian of Norwich by John Roden. This Eastertide study covers six weeks.
Easter 2024

Revelations of Divine Love – Background

It is within this time of war, plague, social rebellion, and religious division that Julian receives and transmits to us, her revelations of God’s tenderness and care and that “all will be well.”
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Revelations of Divine Love – The Beginning

Julian gives us a living example of how the good dirt of the parable becomes receptive to the seeds. Julian never asked for her revelations or even for intellectual insight or eternal salvation. Rather, she only asked to know Jesus better.
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Revelations of Divine Love – Revelation Eight

Julian understands that ultimately it is Christ’s love for us that made him suffer. Although his suffering occurred but one time, she sees that his love “was without beginning and is and ever shall be without end.” The suffering exists for a moment, but the love of Christ endures.
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Revelations of Divine Love – Revelation Nine

Christ suffered, not only for us but with us. In the Incarnation, he who knew no sin, nonetheless suffered with us in our sins so that we may be at one with him and overcome our sufferings. And in the overcoming of our sufferings, God in Trinity takes great pleasure and eternal delight.
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Revelations of Divine Love – Revelation Thirteen, pt.1

The compassionate love of God in Christ that bridges the separation between the Divine and the Human, works through us and bridges the separation between all of us. Loving God and loving your neighbor all arise out of the compassion that Jesus has for us if we will but see it.   
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Revelations of Divine Love – Revelation Thirteen, pt.2

This union between each of us and the Trinity, this at-one-ment, this final reconciliation is what salvation constitutes. Everything – the Incarnation, the Cross, the Resurrection – works towards this ultimate union between the divine and human when “all will be made well.”
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