I remember Scott Hahn once describing the description of a fellow Scripture scholar colleague of that other guy’s own work. That other guy had insisted that his own work was ever so far-reaching. Scott, not devoid of irony, exclaimed that, yeah, he really had to go far to reach for that conclusion. Ha ha.
In the above picture I see a rather unique flower for the Immaculate Conception. It’s a one year old white pine tree encased in ice. It’s the only thing the sun is hitting. Very cool.[!] Looks like a flower to me. And yes, I did have to go far to reach to get this one. It’s up about 3,600 feet on a cliff edge. All for the Immaculate Conception. I’m guessing she’s smiling at this, saying to Jesus, “Yes, he really had to reach far to get that one!”
But still, I claim it’s far reaching to do such simple things. That’s how our souls are made, to be like children so as to enter the Kingdom of the Heavens. And that’s really far reaching way up in heaven like that. Or is the beginning of heaven as close as sanctifying grace and the indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity? As close as the reception of Jesus in Holy Communion? Yes, I believe it is. Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception.