Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Julian of Norwich - Radical or True Follower

• Julian of Norwich called herself a devotee to God, but did she really serve him or was she really serving herself? At one point in her book she describes a hazelnut. She mentions that God is a lover because he cares for the nut. Later she says that the only way to reach fulfilling rest is to reject the love of others and go only to God. This is untrue. God has placed people on this earth in order that His glory may be revealed to them. Locking oneself away from the world to which we are called to minister is both sinful and a bad representation of who Christians are. Sinful, because it wastes the time God has given us to glorify Him and a horrible example because we are told to be in the world, but not of the world. We are called to go out minister to the weak and sick, orphans, widows, and aliens, not seclude ourselves and keep to ourselves the joy of the Lord.

1 comment:

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. One need merely recal the 2nd of the great commandments or even recall the nursery song "This Little Light of Mine" to know that her thinking is wrong. We are supposed to be lights in the darkness and a city upon the hill, not some Gollum sitting in the darkness cradling our "precious" joy in the Lord.