Living the resurrected life means that we are operating in a heightened consciousness about who we are and who God is. Julian of Norwich’s description here can help our understanding of this life we have in God.
Our good Lord, the Holy Spirit—endless life dwelling in our souls—always protects us and gives us peace. Through grace, God’s spirit brings each soul to tranquility and makes it obedient and reconciles it to God. Our good Lord constantly leads us on this path of mercy while we’re in this unpredictable life.
In my vision I saw no anger except on humanity’s side, and God forgives us that, for anger is nothing else but an irrationality and our antagonism to peace and love. It comes from a lack of power or a lack of wisdom or a lack of goodness, and this lack is not in God. It is on our side, because—through sin and dejection—we have in us an anger and a constant opposition to peace and love.
In God’s lovely look of compassion and sympathy, He revealed this truth often because the foundation of mercy is love, and the business of mercy is to protect us in love. This was revealed to me in such a way that I could perceive nothing about the qualities of mercy outside of the fact that it is all love in love.
—Julian of Norwich, Revelations
- What is your experience of Christ’s mercy sustaining us in this “unpredictable life”?
- How do you react to Julian’s definition of anger as “an irrationality and our antagonism to peace and love”?
- “The business of mercy is to protect us in love.” If our love toward others mirrors and imitates God’s love for us, how might mercy express itself in our relationships?