Julian is one of the earliest Christian writers who moves away from patriarchy and highlights images of Jesus as Mother to us who believe, much as Jesus refers to himself as a hen who gathers her chicks.

Today’s Bible reading

Jerusalem! Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and throw stones in order to kill those who are sent to you. Many times I have wanted to gather your people together. I have wanted to be like a hen who gathers her chicks under her wings. And you would not let me!  — Matthew 23:37

More thoughts for meditation

The mother may at times allow her child to fall and to learn the hard way, for its own benefit, but since she loves it so, she would never allow any real danger to threaten her child.  And although earthly mothers have been known to let their children die, our heavenly Mother Jesus would never allow us, his children, to perish, for he alone is all mighty, all wisdom, all love.  But often when we realize our faults and our wretchedness, we are so scared and filled with shame that we don’t know what to do.  Then our patient Mother doesn’t want us to run away, for nothing would please him less; but he then wishes us to behave just like a child. When a child is terrified and frightened, it runs to its mother as fast as it can; and if it can do nothing else, it yells out to her for help. With a child’s humility let us call out.  – Julian

Suggestions for action

Carry this thought with you all through your day:  He wishes us to behave just like a child.

Pray: Jesus, please mother me.