The first words of that wonderful old hymn conjure up delightful memories of processions and May altars and the crowning of Mary. The hymn continues to remind us of “the blessed and beautiful days.”
May also reminds of the role of Mary in Salvation history. I say that not only because of her “fiat” that opened the path for the Incarnation, but also because of her very important role of pointing us to Jesus. I think that role is best illustrated by the Marriage at Cana (John 2:1-11) where even though Jesus demurred because His hour had not yet come, Mary told the wine steward “do whatever he tells you.” It is Mary who shows us the way to Jesus.
I cannot write of May without mentioning that it is a joyful month of happy endings and new beginnings. Graduations that are milestones in life’s journey are also challenges for the future. Some students say it is the longest month of the year, awaiting the end of the semester and summer vacation, but I notice most are ready to return in August.
May you all enjoy these blessed and beautiful days.