May Day and the Promise of Spring

Everyday Inspired is your deep breath during the day, to take a moment and pay attention to life…because when we do, marvelous things take place.

Today is May the first. In Catholic tradition, today is May Day, when we celebrate Mary the mother of Jesus, and in the Celtic tradition this is the celebration of Beltane, the halfway point between the equinox and the Summer Solstice, kinda the mid-point of Spring. So, I thought it appropriate that Maria Rodgers O’Rourke spend some time talking about Mary and and reflecting on this glorious time of year, Springtime.

As the green bursts forth and we see the buds opening, I reflect on this and it reminds me that there is life hidden in death. For such a long time, even on Easter Sunday, things around our home were very gray. It’s easy to lose hope during those days, and it’s easy to wonder what will come of this fallow time? So when Spring comes and the colors emerge again it renews our hope and reminds us that there’s still life underneath that darkness…that things can still be cookin’, even when we’re not sure how they will move forward or even if they will move forward.

Mary, as the mother of Jesus certainly went through a great number of sorrows and times of confusion in her life. One of my favorite passages from scripture, I think it’s in Luke, says “Mary held all these things in her heart.” As she watched Jesus growing up and observed the different events of his life, and she mothered him and cared for him the way that she did, I’m sure there were times when she didn’t quite understand all that was going on and certainly times when she felt great pain. And yet she held these things in her heart, holding that question in her heart as a woman of faith and a very wise woman, knowing that the answer and the understanding would be revealed at some point, just not yet.

It’s kind of like the life of Spring that’s hidden under the dark of Winter: we hold the question, we hold the pain, we hold the confusion in the hopes that one day the answer will be revealed. And so on this glorious May the first, let’s celebrate the fact that the seasons always change, and that Spring comes again. Even if you’re in a part of the country where you’re not experiencing the fullness of Spring yet, take this as reassurance that it’s on it’s way, and let us celebrate today that deep knowledge that no matter what is going on in our lives, new life will come of it and the answers will be revealed to us.

So, what do you say? Let’s notice together ┬áthe blessings of life, because when we pay attention like this, marvelous things happen. Let’s live Everyday Inspired!

This is a transcript of Maria’s blogcast. Listen to it here!

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