Mary: The Book in Whom the Word of God is Inscribed

In Isaiah 7:14, the Prophet announces that a Virgin shall conceive and bear the son who will be Immanuel – “God with us.”

Isaiah further prophesied:

“In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall exult in the Holy One of Israel”   (Isaiah 29:18-19).

Isaiah’s prophecy inspired the author of the Canon for the Sunday of the Paralytic to write these words:

In days of old Isaiah beheld you, ever-Virgin,

as the book in which the timeless Word

was written by the finger of the Father!

He saves us from all senseless lack of reason,

as we sing songs of praise to you with holy words!

(From the 8th Ode of the Canon) 

St. John the Theologian in his Gospel is clear that Jesus is the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.   (John 1:1)

Indeed, Mary as Theotokos can be poetically perceived as the book in whom the Word of God was written as the Canon Hymn has the Holy Prophet Isaiah saying.

For if Christ is the Word of God, then indeed Mary is the one who gives flesh to that word and makes the Word visible to us.

Butterflies of Brazil at the Krohn Conservatory

I took a day off and visited the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

They are in the midst of  hosting their annual Butterfly Show.

This year the theme is “The Butterflies of Brazil.”

Butterflies are insects, but they are beautiful as well.

They are one of the few insects that positively captures the American imagination.

Boxer Muhammad Ali claimed in the ring he could “float like a butterfly.”

Butterflies do get associated with a carefree and peaceful lifestyle.

For me it was a chance to think about “other” things, a relief from the stresses of life.

It also is a good time to simply give thanks to God for the beauty He has placed on earth.

The variety sizes, colors, and shapes just among Butterflies staggers the imagination.

Viewing nature always reminds me that “God is the Lord”, which is important to remember when bogged down with so many concerns.

The entire set of butterfly photos is available on my flicker page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/frted/sets/72157626760520370/.    Just click on the “Slideshow” button just above the set of thumbnail photos.

The Butterfly Show runs through June 26.  For more information:  http://www.butterflyshow.com/