Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Living Sign of the Resurrection

To the ancients,
the honey or bumble bee
was a living sign of the resurrection:
hidden from sight during three wintry months,
she appeared each Spring
to herald the arriving warmth with her buzzing
and to create sweet tasting honey in the hive.
In the early Christian Easter Eve liturgy,
honey was mixed with milk
and then given as a drink to the newly-baptized
who had entered, through baptism,
into the promised land of God,
"flowing with milk and honey."

May the Easter feast, Spring's warmth,
and a hope nurtured in faith
conspire to bring you unexpected sweetness
in the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

Anonymous (thanks to Elisabeth Rotchford-Haight)

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