65 A SONG OF TRUE MOTHERHOOD

Refrain: Christ came in our poor flesh*
to share a mother’s care.
1 God chose to be our mother in all things*
and so made the foundation of his work,
   most humbly and most pure,
   in the Virgin’s womb.
2 God, the perfect wisdom of all,*
arrayed himself in this humble place.
3 Christ came in our poor flesh*
to share a mother’s care.
4 Our mothers bear us for pain and for death;*
our true mother, Jesus,
   bears us for joy and endless life.
5 Christ carried us within him in love and travail,*
until the full time of his passion.
6 And when all was completed
   and he had carried us so for joy,*
still all this could not satisfy
   the power of his wonderful love.
7 All that we owe is redeemed in truly loving God,*
for the love of Christ works in us;
   Christ is the one whom we love.
Glory . . . Julian of Norwich
Christ came in our poor flesh*
to share a mother’s care.