The other day, on the way back from the exorcism of a house, I saw these two flowering trees, flores for the Immaculate Conception, shimmering like clouds with silver linings, mirrored in the pond below them. Mind you, I was on the “dark side” of the trees. The sunshine side must have been quite spectacular late in the evening like this. These “cloudy trees” do have silver linings, and that’s O.K., for trees anyway. It can hardly be that way for our Lady, who shines out from within.
Elijah, when praying for the rain to come back to the land of Israel while in his cave on Mount Carmel, sent out his servant seven times to see what was happening. On the seventh time the report was that there was cloud in the shape of a foot rising out of the sea before them. The shape of the foot bringing salvation recalls, of course, our redemption foretold in the proto-Evangelium of Genesis 3:15, where we see that the power of Satan, Satan’s head, as it were, is to be crushed by the Seed, the Son of the Mother of the Redeemer. While living above that cave on Mount Carmel, I took a picture of just such a rain cloud rising up before me, which, in my imagination anyway, was in the shape of a foot, with a serpent’s head under the heal, and with the entire underside of the foot dark and heavy with rain. But the rest of the cloud appeared to have its own luminescence. As it should be with anything referring to Immaculate Mary and her Divine Son. Forget the silver lining, I say. Just go for the whole brightness. Go to Jesus. Go to Mary.
I have to confess with repentance that I actually had the hubris on this day (early evening) to ask my Guardian Angel to give me a good picture of just such a cloud. I’m not saying he obliged, just that maybe he smacked me so hard upside the head that I ended up seeing things. But, what happened is that this cloud appeared, took this shape, evidently gave rise to rain, and then disappeared again. It is what it is. And now Elijah and his servant are both going to reach out of heaven and smack me upside the head.
Of course, having said all that, the silver lining thing comes with the clouds that we can have over our heads. We must look for a silver lining of any kind. More on that in another post.