- The rose of Jericho - part 6 -
Mary accepted the gift and then looked around the cave.
A little girl who was ill was lying in the corner of her bed. Mary saw the bundle begin to move. Then she saw a face and finally a small body that stood up.
"I feel much better, Father", the girl said happily. "I had such a warm feeling in my body when you gave the rose to the strangers."
The man knelt down with tears covering his cheeks and said, "I know that my daughter will be healed. Just like water brings life to the rose of Jericho, so will prayers of tears and joy make the boy give life to those who need it."
Mary thanked him for the gift and knew that her son would be everything to everyone.
Four gifts could only mean that his gifts would reach the four corners of the earth and be valid for all four seasons.
She blessed the rose and said, "You, rose of Jericho, will bring good news about my son who will never die to all the world and on the day of his birth people will take you out and rejoice in the miracle of your life.
Children will rejoice and adults will wonder, and you stranger", she added, "because you were encouraged to give my son a gift, you will know grace, the blessing that always comes when you give gifts to Godís people. You have already known it: look at your daughter!"
The man smiled and held his daughter in his arms.
- 7 -