Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Easter edition)

flores rose bush

Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to the tomb and received an angelic reprimand which had the sharpness of a tinge of sarcasm to it, deservedly so: Why are searching among the dead for someone who is alive?

Meanwhile, Mary the Mother of Jesus was already up in Galilee, perhaps to grab a few things before moving in with the beloved disciple, John, for her remaining days on this earth. She knew Jesus would rise from the dead and so didn’t wait around at the tomb. Just as she couldn’t possibly tell Joseph about the visit of the angel 33 years previously, she could not now say to the disciples that surely Jesus will rise from the dead soon, as they would just say that she is an hysterical mother to be pitied.

She had marched on this path previously, alone, in great haste, immediately after that angelic visitation announcing that she would be the Virgin Mother of God, from Nazareth to very near Jerusalem, to assist her cousin Elizabeth. Now she was returning with a great deal to throw about in her heart and soul, remembering also the three days when Jesus had been busy in His Father’s House at the time when He had become Bar Mitzvah and they had been in such great anguish. But this time, Jesus wasn’t in His Father’s House; He had gone to hell to reprimand the fallen spirits. Every word He would speak to them would bring them spiritual and intellectual frustration for eternity. Jesus would rise as the great Victor, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Prince of the Most Profound Peace. And she would meet Him where He had grown up. Would He bring a flower to the Immaculate Conception? What a meeting!

Yes, it is good to have a great sense of the Sacred Mysteries of God’s love for us, especially the manner in which He founds His Mercy on His Justice, standing in our stead, having the right in His own justice to have mercy on us. Yes. But…

Let’s not forget that the most profound peace reaches into souls when things are as they should be, recognizing that the Lord loves us in a thousand million different ways. For instance, walking through Andrews on the way back from the Methodist church the other day (where I preached the ecumenical Good Friday service at midday), I noticed the beautiful flowering tree, which looks to be some sort of rose. I immediately thought of taking a picture for a “Flores for the Immaculate Conception” series. Jesus, methinks, would pick such a flower to give to His dear Mother, healing some of her trauma. In that trauma, under the Cross, she had become our Mother, interceding for us. Perhaps also on this Easter Sunday we can give her a flower along with Jesus.

Happy Easter! The Lord is risen! Alleluia!


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9 responses to “Flores for the Immaculate Conception (Easter edition)

  1. Monica Harris

    Happy Easter, Fr Byers! He is risen indeed.
    I wonder if that is a climbing rose attached to a ?cherry tree, magnificently beautiful though.
    Yes, what a meeting!

  2. sanfelipe007

    Yes! Alleluia, He is risen!
    “Would He bring a flower to the Immaculate Conception? What a meeting!”
    What a mysterious and wonderful reunion. I have no doubt that she kissed His wounds just as my mother kissed mine.
    It has occurred to me, only just now, that perhaps my mother felt responsible for my wounds (“what a bad mother I must be!”), and so kissed me as an atonement. Mothers rock!
    How mysterious it is to ponder the special care the BVM has for her sons; the priests. How great her sorrow when they stray, and how great her kisses (intercessions) when they suffer in union with her Divine Son. She is the perfect Pray-er.

  3. Cathy

    Happy Easter, Fr. Byers!

  4. Happy and blessed Easter to you Father! He is risen Alleluia!

  5. Hello Father Byers, the tree in your picture is a kwanzan cherry. I bought one for my mother about 25 years ago. It is quite large now, the blooms sometimes hide the leaves. And when the petals finally fall, it looks like pink snow. Happy Easter!

  6. Carmel

    Wishing you abundant Easter blessings, Fr George. BTW that looks to me like a blossom tree – almond, cherry or peach!

  7. Nan

    Indeed He is Risen! In Orthodox tradition, He went to retrieve the souls of the righteous who dies before Him and brought them to heaven, which opened with His death.

  8. elizdelphi

    Surrexit Dominus Vere! Alleluia!
    Regina Caeli, laetare, Alleluia
    Qui quem meruisti portare, Alleluia
    Resurrexit sicut dixit, Alleluia
    Ora pro nobis Deum, Alleluia

  9. Beautiful picture of a double-flowered cherry tree – thank you Father for this beautiful photo!

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