Contemplating Jesus

SEMPITERNAL FLOWER

Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

There are many reasons people flocked to see and hear Jesus.  In most cases, it is safe to imagine that most would have had to witness the man who was different in so many ways.  They’d heard about him from others; they had to see and hear for themselves.

The scriptures provide inklings of the qualities, characteristics and virtues Jesus embodied.  In Matthew 11.28 Jesus invites those “who labour and are overburdened” to come to him “and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  This gentleness (and humility of heart) were attributes associated more keenly with women.   A mild, kind, meek, humble, peaceful, yielding, merciful man was certainly one to seek out to believe. A man whose beauty was unsurpassed in thought, word and deed.  A man who blossomed with wisdom, the kind that “resides in an understanding heart” (Proverbs 14.33) .

Jesus pointed to nature, to flowers, to lilies in a field to provide more clues to his self-described natural and noble disposition.  He said of lilies that  “not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of them”  (Luke 12.27). “Think how the flowers grow,” Jesus instructed.   Be yourself as God made you, be your most beautiful, naturally, wherever you are planted. Cease striving for something or somewhere else. Be gentle, kind, humble and delicate while resting with your king, follow his ways, grow in his grace, turn your gaze to the light because “..look, there is something greater than Solomon here!”  (Matthew 12.42).

“For all humanity is grass, and all its beauty like the wildflower’s. As grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of the Lord remains for ever.”

(1 Peter 24 quoting Isaiah 40: 6-8)

Note:

“….Nazareth, the flower-bearing, from the birth of the sempiternal Flower.”

(in The Life of Beatrice of Nazareth 1200-1268 transl. by Roger De Ganck, p.15).

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