This just sprouted in the Holy Family Garden just outside Holy Redeemer parish church.
So, let’s see:
- The six petals of the lily refer to the imperfection, the one-less-than-perfection, the time of expectation of the advent of the Messiah.
- The seventh fulfillment of the six, the perfection, the exploding bit in the middle, that would be the Suffering Servant written of by Isaiah but prophesied back in Genesis 3:15. He is Himself perfection Incarnate, the personal arrival of the fulfillment, the “seven,” if you will.
- But with this lily we also see a symbol for the Most Holy Trinity, that triangle in blood, as it were.
I know nothing of gematria, nothing of numerology. But there are things which jump out in the Scriptures, with three, with six and seven, with forty…
When I was analyzing Genesis 2:4a–3:24, I noticed that the whole thing was like an extremely tightly scripted equation which, if anyone took it seriously, would bring about the correct interpretation of the passage, forcing, if you will, the correct interpretation of the passage.
But, that’s the zinger, taking the inspired words of the word of God, all about the eternal Word of God, now Incarnate, seriously. Jesus takes us deadly seriously. He want’s that we take Him deadly seriously.
Immaculate Mary always took her Son deadly seriously. Can we accompany her accompanying Jesus under the Cross. A flower for you, Mary. Can you help us with that, Jesus?
We might not have the brain band-width for gematria or numerology – I don’t anyway – but what we can all do is, say, give a flower to the immaculate conception. That’s not difficult to figure out. She’s Jesus’ good mom, and she, to repeat, took us deadly seriously. The least we can do is give her a flower.