Julian had this vision, like her others, during the receipt of the Last Rites.
Living at the time of the Black Death, the worst century in recorded history, one of horror, fear and recrimination, she found herself unable to see God as a wrathful avenger. Instead her writings are steeped in awareness of His boundless compassion.
The sixth Revelation is of the worshippfull thanke with which He rewardith His servants, and it hath three joyes. Fourteenth chapter.
After this our good Lord said,
I think and feel for you in your travail,
particularly in your youth.
In my mind I was raised into Heaven,
and saw Him as a lord in his own house,
who has called all his dear, worthy servants
and all his friends
to a solemn feast.
Then I did not see the Lord sit in His own house,
but saw Him royally reign there,
filling it with joy and mirth,
and comforting His dear worthy friends
with full homeliness and full courtesy,
with a marvelous melody of endless love
in His own fair blessed manner,
which glorious hospitality of the godhead
fills the Heavens with joy and bliss.
God showed three degrees of bliss,
that every soul that willingly served Him
in any degree in earth,
shall have in Heaven.
First is the blessed feeling for our Lord
he shall receive when delivered of pain;
a feeling so high and worshipful
that he thinks it fills him,
as though there could be no more.
For I felt that all the pain and travail
that could be suffered by all living men
could not deserve the worshipful thanks
that one man shall have
that has willingly served God.
Second, that all the blessed creatures in Heaven
shall see that worshipful thanking,
for He makes his service known to all that are in Heaven.
And then this example was shown:
if a King thanks his servants,
it is a great worship to them;
and if he makes it known to all the realm,
his worship is greatly increased.
Third, as new and pleasant as it is received
so shall it truly last without end.
And I saw, homely and sweetly as this was shown,
the life of every man shall be known in Heaven,
and shall be rewarded for his willing service
and for his time.
And especially the life of those
that willingly, freely offer their youth to God,
is surpassingly rewarded and wonderfully thanked.
I saw whenever man or woman,
turn truly to God,
for that day’s service and endless intent,
they shall have all these three degrees of bliss.
And the more that the loving soul
sees this courtesy of God,
the likelier he is to serve Him
all the days of his life.