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From the Mount of Olives

By Silvia Holgado (Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi)

May 5th 2024 - Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

Nature is an excellent teacher. She has her topics, her pedagogy, her class times and her breaks. Jerusalem is a city where its ancient stones speak, explain, remember... but it is also a city surrounded by natural charm, where not the hand of man, but that of the Creator speaks to those who want to listen to a profound law inserted in its mountains, in its flowers, in their trees.


Now in spring, her lesson is hope fulfilled, the fidelity of an ever-present God, life as cycles of austerity and exuberance. After the hard winter, cold and naked, long, very long, another time comes: For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come (Song of Songs 2:11-12).


This is the flowering time of the olive trees, hundreds, thousands of small flowers crowd the olive trees of the Mount that bears that name in Jerusalem. From the garden of Gethsemane, on the other side of the Kidron torrent, they seem to communicate a message of hope to the city: We who witnessed her agony today overflow with flowers on her Easter. Take heart! Wait for the LORD, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27:14) This hard winter that you are experiencing will also pass.

The flowering Olive trees on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem


And after the flowers, the beauty, the charm of the colors and the attractiveness of the flowers, the fruit will come, because the beauty will pass, but the fruit will nourish us and give us food. But that lesson will be next semester.

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