Corona is something I enjoy seeing – when it’s an atmospheric optical phenomenon, rather than a brand of beer popular with those who leave empties on the local meadows.
It’s a partial corona. Caused by diffraction of sunlight by individual droplets of water. Each tiny bead of mist plays its part; each more-than reflects the glory of the dawn sun.
The dazzling beauty of every soul-that-is-to-be-saved depends on the Light of the Risen Christ. It is also His delight to give us the means to ‘do our bit’ – and sparkle.
We do not always see that beauty, either in each other or in ourselves. God does: always regarding us from the perspective of End-Time, where we do light up.
Around God’s throne – a rainbow.
Our filthy dying flesh, which the Son of God took on himself, like
Adam’s old work-rig – tight, threadbare, and too short – the Saviour
transformed into something beautiful, fresh bright, and splendid: a coat of
many colours. Now the Son stands before the Father, wearing a magnificent,
We are His crown: the crown which is joy to the Father, honour to the Son, pleasure to the Holy Spirit, endless wonder to all in heaven.
(Julian of Norwich, ‘A Revelation of Love’ Chapter 51)
Thank you, Lord,
for the trust You place in us – trust we so often poorly repay. Give us grace:
to start afresh each day;
and to accept those we meet
as likewise starting afresh,
and heaven-bound as we are,
through the loving power of Jesus Christ, the True Light.
Ask God (inwardly) for a blessing from everyone you meet.
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A reflection from Jennifer Brooker ObJN, who has been a frequent visitor of Sarum College. She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and master’s degree in theology awarded by Durham University.