In the front of my house is a pseudo pear tree. In other words it will never bear fruit only bloom. As you can see it has glorious blossoms in late winter early fall and you are going to think this really odd. But this tree always reminds me of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Today our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters will be celebrating the annunciation of Mary. Today we are reminded of the role Mary played in bringing the good news of our Savior into the world. Which brings me back to the pear tree. There are many people that look and sound good. But are useless to the Kingdom of God. Why? Because they never go, they never say to our God “Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your will.”

The writer and spiritual leader Thomas Merton said, “The Christian life-and especially the contemplative life-is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places.” So you see each time I see that pear tree I recognize and remember Mary who said “yes” and who blossomed for our world so you and I could walk this path together.

Thank You dear God for the witness of Mary, her obedience, her courage, and may her life be an example to me today. Amen.

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