THE FLOWER SHOPS SEEM TO BE CLOSED
Reflection by Fr. Oates 5/11/20
In the Gospel of Luke written about 80-100 AD, we meet Mary as a young virgin married to Joseph. That story is only twelve verses long and it shows Mary as obedient to God’s will. Luke has supplied us with the most details about Mary and has become the model upon which others built to characterize the mother of God.
Although Mary has a profound sense of “greatness” of the Lord, she stayed in touch with her roots; that is her humility, her human frailty, her creaturehood. Finally, she simply affirms; “behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Her spirit rejoices not in her own strength, but in the power of God’s love! Mary did not have an easy life. She wrestled with the mysteries of His scourging, crucifixion and death and His appearance in Glory to His disciples. Mary, knew about the humiliation of her son and His exaltation as well. She struggled with all that humans struggle with today.
If you are old enough, you will fondly remember the jostling, the crying of little ones, and the confusion of lining up for the May Procession. Finally, the procession began with the time-honored hymn called “Bring Flowers of the Fairest, Bring Flowers of the Rarest…” Well these days, all the flower shops are it seems closed and snow has slowed even some of the wild flowers especially the rarest from their appearances. So as May enters our troubled calendars this year, let us remember that our hearts will provide the fairest of flowers for her, and our sincere prayers and repentance of our sins, will provide the rarest moments of joy and hope for all of us during these dark times. May Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! God bless you, Fr. Oates