From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
May 3, 2015
May is traditionally one of the months dedicated to the Virgin Mary (October being the other). This liturgical year nearly the entire month of May takes place during the Easter season. Clearly, Advent and Christmas focus on Mary as the one who says to “yes” to God and bears the Messiah. But what does this celebration of Christ’s Resurrection reveal to us about the Blessed Virgin Mary?
The last weeks of the Easter season point to the coming of the Holy Spirit. We have moved from the empty tomb to the friends of Jesus gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem. St. Luke describes in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles the believers are gathered together in Jerusalem including Mary. Therefore, the Church teaches Mary was present at the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Artistic renditions often show Mary gathered with the 11 disciples with tongues of fire over their heads.
The Holy Spirit that came upon Mary at the Annunciation is present to her again at Pentecost. She who bore the Word made flesh now bears the fire of the Spirit. Like the disciples, she receives the commission to go forth to proclaim the Good News.
It should not surprise us that Mary is present to the Church at its birth. The first to respond to God’s gift of His Son is also sent, missioned, to bear Christ to all the world. Mary in the Easter season is the great reminder of our call to not only receive the Lord but to share the Lord.