1 - In the late 1300's a lady called Julianna, living in Norwich (England), became seriously ill. As she was recovering she experienced a number of visions of Jesus. She wrote down for others what she had experienced. For example:
2 - "God showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand...I looked at it with my mind's eye and I thought: 'What can this be?' And an answer came: 'It represents all that is made.'
3 - I marvelled that it could continue to exist because I thought that it would have crumbled to nothing, it was so small. And the answer came into my mind: 'It exists and always will because God loves it.' All things have their being through the love of God. In this little thing I saw three truths: the first is that God made it: the second is that God loves it: the third is that God looks after it."
4 - Mother Julian of Norwich (as she is generally known) was making the point that God has made all things, that he loves all that he has made, and that in his love he looks after all that he has made.
5 - She also wrote that, in God's love, 'all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well."
6 - Let us pray:
God our Father, in your love you have a special care for all that you have made. May we grown in the father that you "enfold us in your love" and that everything does work out for good for those who love you: that "all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well." Amen.