Our Lord God also showed that it gives him very great pleasure when a simple soul comes to him in a bare, plain and familiar way. For, as I understand this showing, it is the natural yearning of the soul touched by the Holy Spirit to say, “God, of your goodness, give me yourself; you are enough for me, and anything less that I could ask for would not do you full honor. And if I ask anything less that I could ask for would not do you full honor. And if I ask anything that is less I shall always lack something, but in you alone I have everything.” (Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, 5)

 

In this passage from her famed and lovely Revelations, the medieval anchoress Julian of Norwich reminds us that God is all that we really desire, and ‘if [we] ask anything that is less [than God we] shall always lack something, but in [God] alone [we] have everything.’ This is a valuable reminder as we approach the beginning of the Triduum tomorrow. May we ask God for nothing more or less this Holy Week than Godself.

Let us pray: Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Pray: Seek our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer today, asking him for nothing more than the gift of himself. Consider making this your prayer throughout the Triduum.

A Journey Through the Passion is a daily meditation for Lent curated by Fr. Justin Crisp, our Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence. Meditations follow the schedule of readings for our 2019 Maranatha House Churches, feature prayers for the season of Lent according to the Book of Common Prayer and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, and are patterned on the seven practices of The Way of Love, a rule of life for the Episcopal Church.