She Just Stepped Off the Boat
I wonder how old she was when she stepped off the boat in France. Mother of a pre-teen girl. Sister, daughter-in-law. Widow. Woman in danger. She was suppose to feel hopeful I'm sure, arriving in the new world. Brand new life ahead, brand new people to know, brand new feelings of safety.
I don't think she knew she was a spiritual heroine or had a future as the Queen of Heaven next to her Beloved. I'm pretty sure she was more like you and me within our own spiritual life stories. She had to cope with the grief of lost love and find the corner of her heart that would live forward. I wonder what it was that led her forward. It wasn't a need to build a church, I'm pretty sure of that. She may have talked and shared with people the "inside story" of the new teachings that Godde is everywhere inside and out and the Kings are no better than anyone else, but I don't think she was making a rulebook.about it. After all, she'd lived with the one who chased the moneychangers out of their greed temple, a place of rigid rules about their God.
She is the one who shows us with her story that we can go on into a new world, a new way of things. Maybe the turbulence was behind her now and it was a time of equilibrium and restoration. She had the remembrance of Sacred Union in the flesh with the Beloved of her heart, no one could change that. She stepped off the boat into a time of sharing who she was and what she knew and what Jesus was like. And what his stories were meant to tell about connectedness between all things. And that she was his bodylife sacred wife and mother of his child. People would make of it what they would. And undergo oppression of their love story over and over again.
"Arrival" is a part of the seasonal journey of the year as well. It has a Beltane feeling of coming out of a tricky time when things could have gone wrong in the harsh winter. Now there can be fullness in the land. Soon we'll celebrate the fullness with Magdalene's Feast Day, the day of feeling the bounty that comes with having a Queen of Earth and flesh, one who bravely loves.
But for now there's just the gratitude of the arrival, one more time.