About a trillion little buds – give or take a billion – are getting ready to explode into flowers in honor of the Immaculate Conception, but right now they are just in potentia. Though what will be a flower is already a flower, right? Anyway, this miracle of joy is taking place right in the backyard of the rectory, despite Shadow-dog stripping some of the low branches that are in his way while he chases about.
When I was a kid, and right through my life, I always heard the nice compliment that I have a lot of potential, really really a lot of potential, I mean, wow, really a lot of potential, you know, with the emphasis on potential. Of course, what that means is that I haven’t ever actuated much of that potential at all. But, hey!, encouragement is encouragement. I guess this is pretty much true for us all.
But Mary was actuating, as it were, her potential right from the beginning of her Immaculate Conception, speaking about this much later, in Lourdes, calling herself the Immaculate Conception even as the Queen Mother of heaven and earth, angels and men, being the good mom of the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, for, after all, she was fully transformed in grace from the first instant of her conception, instantly bearing within herself the indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity.
Saint Paul says that we are also transformed in grace (see Ephesians 1:6), though after suffering the effects of original sin as we continue to do while we are in this world. We always have a lot of potential until that grace turns to glory in heaven, but by grace it already is what it is, right? Even we, in all our weakness and darkness and temptation, bear within us the indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity. And dearest Mary Immaculate interceded for us that that might be the case. Thank you, Mary. Thank you, Jesus.