If there is any one prevalent message that permeates the writings of Julian of Norwich it is that You are infinitely more head-over-heels in love with us than we are with You. It is a message brimming with hope and consolation and, I think, one that is eminently evident if we reflect on it.
Each of us is capable of love in varying degrees. Each of us entertains a variety of ways to express our love. Generally our expressions of love involve aspects of giving time, self, money, gifts, prayer, compassion, etc. If we reflect only upon the day-to-day record of the three years of Your public life (let alone the history of God’s involvement with mankind) we see a dedicated spirit of giving, in all aspects, to a humanly unmatchable degree. And this is Julian’s point.
We most certainly do not know all there is to know about God, but we might often succumb to the temptation of believing that God’s existence is for love of us. Whatever else we do not know of the truth of God, this truth we know: You are the personification of this aspect of the truth of God. We read about, see, and experience the work of love through the instrumentality of Your movement as it extends forward through our history. The relationship is such that we cannot love You as You love us – but we try, and that is what Julian perceived: the consolation of knowing that we should not be overly concerned withour failures to love because Your love for us covers them. The failures, mistakes, and weaknesses that fill the episodic trivia of human existence are absorbed and erased by Your love. Why is it so difficult to accept that?