Silence my soul, these trees are prayers.
I asked the tree, “Tell me about God”;
then it blossomed.
Rohr continues: “Now look around you, wherever you are, and find something of beauty. Sit in spacious silence, observing without words or judgment. Let this beauty teach you the mystery of Incarnation, of God’s indwelling presence in all creation.”
St. Mary the Virgin
Today is one of the feasts on the church calendar centering on the “mystery of Incarnation,” on God becoming human and sharing our lives in the person of Jesus.
His mother, Mary, plays a central role in this mystery. Her “yes” to God makes room for all sorts of blossoming.
Like Hannah, who sings that “the barren has borne seven” and the needy are raised up from the ash heap (1 Samuel 2:5-8), Mary sings of God lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry with good things (Luke 1:52-53).
Something new is bearing fruit in the world just as it is in her womb.
And in Jesus’ first sign, the miracle at the wedding in Cana, it’s Mary who puts the fruit of her womb on the spot and urges him to provide the fruit of the vine, overflowing amounts of wine for the feast, good wine that gladdens the heart.
Blossoming in place
Like many who pray the Daily Office, I have a favorite place to pray, a place that gladdens my heart.
From my chair on our porch I look out on our backyard, a Japanese garden with a screen of trees in the ravine behind it.
What trees bear witness to your prayers?
What place helps your heart to blossom? How does the place where you pray help bring Jesus to life again in you?