Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Meditation 1: God made it

Julian discerned three properties in her vision of the thing no bigger than a hazelnut representing all that is made: “In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it, the second is that God loves it, the third is that God keeps it.”

Read the following passages from the Bible and Julian. Sit quietly for several minutes meditating on what it means to believe that God made the whole universe. That God made this fragile earth our island home with all its beauty and strangeness. That God declares it all very good. What does it mean to believe that God made you in the image of God’s own self? That therefore you along with every other person have infinite worth?  Carry that around in your heart for a day.

From the Bible:
  • So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."  . . . God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27-31) 
  • When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. (Psalm 8: 3-5)
  • I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. (Psalm 139: 14-16)
  • For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; (1 Timothy 4:4)
From Julian:
  • The blessed Trinity is always wholly pleased with all its work. (3rd Revelation, p. 19)
  • God rejoices in the creature and the creature in God, endlessly marveling, in which marveling he sees his God, his Lord, his Maker, so exalted, so great, and so good in comparison with him that the creature hardly seems anything to itself. But the brightness and clearness of truth and wisdom make him see and know that he is made for love, in which God endlessly protects him. (14th Revelation, p. 256)
  • Greatly ought we to rejoice that God dwells in our soul; and more greatly ought we to rejoice that our soul dwells in God. Our soul is created to be God’s dwelling place, and the dwelling of our souls is God, who is uncreated. It is a great understanding to see and know inwardly that God, who is our Creator, dwells in our soul, and it is a far greater understanding to see and know inwardly that our soul, which is created, dwells in God in substance, of which substance, though God, we are what we are. (14th Revelation, p. 285)
The Julian quotes are from Julian of Norwich: Showings (Classics of Western Spirituality).


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