Posted by: fvbcdm | June 2, 2014

Feast of Saints Marcellinus and Peter (2 June 2014)

It was very appropriate that yesterday, we celebrated both the solemnity of the ascension of Our Lord into heaven and, in our civic calendar, Mother’s Day. Why appropriate? Because as soon as Our Lord had ascended into heaven, the apostles returned from the Mount of Olives to the upper room in Jerusalem, across the Kedron brook, there to wait and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had instructed them. And Saint Luke tells us, in the Acts of the Apostles, that the group numbered about 120 persons, gathered around Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She presides over the little group, the first cell of the Church; they pray in union with her and through her intercession which is so powerful.

Once, some 33 or so years before these events, the Holy Spirit came upon her and by means of his divine operation within her, she conceived the Son of God. She formed his physical body within her virginal womb, and gave him birth. Now, she is present again at the conception of the mystical body of Christ, the Church. Every human being has a soul, a head with all the powers of the brain, and then the other members of the body. The head and members of Our Lord Jesus, in his physical body, were formed in the womb of Our Lady. The human soul of Jesus was created by God at the moment of the incarnation.

Now, we have a new reality: what we call the mystical body of Christ. Jesus is its head; we are its members, and the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, is its soul. Our Lady is the mother of the physical Christ; she is also the mother of the mystical Christ. And in both of these, the Holy Spirit is eminently active, and the relationship of the Spirit and Mary, the mother of Christ, is very obvious.

Now, we have the joy of spending this week of prayer before Pentecost in company with Our Lady and the apostles who once gathered in the upper room to wait and pray for the coming of the Advocate, the Paraclete, the Soul of the Church. We want this solemnity of Pentecost to be an occasion of grace for us individually, for the Church, and for the world. Let us allow this entire week to be one great cry within our hearts: COME, HOLY SPIRIT! Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you, Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago


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