Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (snowballs everywhere edition)


These are now absolutely everywhere in bloom in these back mountains, high and low, far and wide, cliffs and the flats, next to streams or out on the rocks, just a sprig or two or wildly spreading bushiness.

And this is what’s so cool about how Jesus created all this: It’s one after the other. Just when whatever is ‘over’, then some other takes its place, even while times change, temperature, length of sunshine, amount of precipitation, always something for the greater glory and honor of God because being given to Jesus’ good mom. Lots of love there. Lots of joy. But this is even in tough times. Nature has a way of just doing what it supposed to do, but we get scared of rough times, looking only for easy times. But with grace, we can become more like the lilies of the field.

Recall Saint Paul’s way of putting it:

Philippians 4:11 I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient. 12 I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. 13 I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

Or, to abbreviate that:

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work for good for those who love God.

It’s like picking whatever flower in whatever circumstance of God’s providence or God’s permissive will, whatever form that flower takes, and giving this to Jesus to give to Mary.

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