I'm used to seeing Venus, the "Morning Star," outside my east-facing window. But today the Morning Star almost touched (at least in our field of vision) the great King of Planets, Jupiter. Venus is a small heavenly body, but she seems to cover the great gas giant planet of Jupiter with her sweet closeness this morning.
Everything in life is sacramental. Everything points toward God. We call the Mother of God the "Morning Star" because she not only reflects the light of the rising sun (the Son of God, who is still hidden when she comes into human history), but she also announces the rising of that Sun by her own radiance. Mary is not God, but she reflects God's grace and proclaims that God is to be born into our world. In a few hours the Sun itself will rise over Geary Boulevard, right where Venus now steadily shines. Today Venus and Jupiter are as close as mother and son.
Tomorrow begins the lovely Month of May, the Month of Our Lady. We begin the Month of May with a May crowning of Our Lady in my parish at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. At that Mass I will lift one of our preschoolers up to the statue of Our Lady of Grace, so that she can place her handmade crown of flowers upon Mary's brow. Tomorrow is also the Feast of St. Joseph “the Workman.” We honor and pray for all those who work with their hands, and all in blue-collar jobs who provide for our basic needs, day in and day out. May the Morning Star, and her holy spouse, bring us this month to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!