Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Lenten purple, edition)

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When her Son Jesus was clothed in perversely violent King Herod’s royal purple garment so as to mock her Son, her thoughts surely including noting the irony of the royalty of fallen humanity thinking to have something over the divine King of kings, Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, who with such regal bearing took on the worst we have to give out so as to have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us.

Purple was a royal color back in the day because the purple dye was so extremely hard to come by, and therefore so expensive that, quite literally, only royalty could afford it.

Purple is a penitential color because of how it was used over against true Royalty, that of God, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Purple reminds us of our great sin, our arrogance, our ridiculous pride.

No one saw this more sharply, more comprehensively, that did the Immaculate Conception, with her purity of heart and agility of soul and clear vision. We have no idea. So, at least a flower for you, dear good mom of Jesus and us.

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