This, whatever it is (some sort of bush) was in the parking lot of Cook Out where the neighbors to the hermitage and myself went for some ice cream before the Confirmation and Installation of the new pastor of the neighboring parish the other day. They waited patiently for me to take this picture as they know I put up Flowers for the Immaculate Conception. Mr Neighbor and I have often discussed appreciation for our dear Creator’s creation, that it’s part of being a little child as our Lord mentioned:
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
But here’s the deal: the awe a little kid has for creation comes about precisely because there is a spiritual analogy being made with the Creator. “God created this. Wow!” was the thought I always had as a little kid, and still do, whenever I saw or do now see these little things, these little worlds, these microcosms screaming out that they are part of a universe created by a loving Creator.
Of course, we can fool ourselves, using such things as a distraction to ignore the Creator of creation, blowing the importance of a part of creation out of proportion, so that it’s the only thing we think about, ignoring that, as it were, text without context is pretext. When we don’t appreciate the context (the Creator) we don’t appreciate the text, and are only left with out pretext. In our weakness of original sin, we are tempted to do such a thing all the time. It is only God’s love which cuts through such mind games.
When giving a flower to the Immaculate Conception, it is a way of saying thank you to Mary for containing more than the entire universe within herself for nine months, God Himself, tiny tiny tiny Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception.