In Chinese culture, the pussy willow symbolizes growth. Pussy willows are given each Palm Sunday in Ukrainian and Orthodox churches instead of palms because palms don’t grow that far north of Europe and America. I always liked getting pussy willows at church. It’s a bundle of twigs with buds tied in ribbon that looks so beautiful in all it’s delicate simplicity.
Like the pussy willow, we are small.
Like the pussy willow, we are all delicate but beautiful beings.
Like the pussy willow, we are naked as we approach the bridal chamber with a soiled or without a wedding garment.
We feel unworthy, our souls deadened by sin.
But we still approach because of God’s divine love and act of forgiveness. And like the pussy willow, there’s always a chance for us to blossom again each Paschal season. Please think about this as you lay your new pussy willows in your prayer corner this year.