Jesus’ Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, it seems fitting to return to Julian of Norwich’s mystical visions of God’s motherly love. In Julian’s GospelVeronica Mary Rolf explains how the revelations of Julian do not treat motherhood as a mere metaphor for the godhead, but something more:

We do know that, in the course of writing her Revelations, she came to realize hat since the Second Person of the Trinity gives birth to the entire creation (“for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers — all things have been created through him and for him” Col. 1:16), then Christ must be our essential and truest Mother. Julian centers her maternal theology entirely within the Trinity, in the ongoing act of creation… (514)

It was risky for a fourteenth-century woman to teach that God is equally Father and Mother, that Christ is both groom and mother. But as we reflect on the properties of motherhood with St. Julian (and Rolf), what better way to understand the shepherd who recklessly pursues the one lost lamb?

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