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Love Was Our Lord's Meaning

Today, courtesy of Holy Women, Holy Men we remember the Dame Julian of Norwich, an anchoress, mystic and spiritual counselor.

At age thirty and gravely ill, after having received last rites, Dame Julian experienced fifteen visions of our Lord's Passion, which brought her great peace and joy.  "From that time I desired oftentimes to learn what was our Lord's meaning," she wrote, "and fifteen years after I was answered in ghostly understanding: Wouldst thou learn the Lord's meaning in this thing?  Learn it well.  Love was his meaning.  Who showed it thee?  Love. What showed he thee?  Love.  Wherefore showed it he?  For Love.  Hold thee therein and thou shalt learn and know more in the same.'  Thus is was I learned that Love was our Lord's meaning."

God Incarnate, as Jesus Christ, came into the world, free from sin, to live, preach, teach, and heal.  Ultimately, he took the sins of the whole world upon himself to the cross at Calvary, to reconcile the whole of creation back to God.  If that isn't Love, then I fail to know what Love could possibly be.  Ever.  God is Love.

"By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world.  God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God.  So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them." ~ 1 John 4:13-16a

Love was, and is, and always will be, the meaning of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Let us follow His example.  Let Love be our meaning as well.  For we are created in God's own image and likeness.  Let us be like God and Love.