Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is the Day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it! Alleluia! Alleluia! How blessed are we who have been called and baptized into Christ -- into His Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension! He is our Way, our Truth and Our Life, now; and by His Grace, He will be ours for all Eternity. Mary our Mother is not mentioned in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection, and yet we know that her union with Jesus was most perfect. What may we learn from this? For me, it is the conviction that our Life in Baptism which gave us freedom from sin, has set us on our own path to Resurrected Glory. Mary, preserved from all sin from the moment of her conception was uniquely blessed and kept sinless by virtue of her exalted vocation as Mother of God. Her life on this earth, however, was ordinary and she too needed to grow in Faith, Hope and Charity. She who held the Incarnate God within her womb, still did not understand completely the mysteries she experienced with Him. We who are privileged to receive the same Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion, cannot understand completely the wondrous mysteries of His Love which we experience, but like her we can keep His Word and ponder in our hearts, trusting Him to reveal more and more as we give more of ourselves to Him. We can, as she did, say "Yes" to all His Will permits, and we can remain in His Love -- always by His Grace. Today's reading from Col.3:1-4 is an encouragement to live the Risen Life with Jesus and Mary now: .
… If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
Let us pray, with grateful and trusting hearts, seeking what is above. May our lives, hidden as Mary was in ordinariness, be known dearly to God: O Jesus living in Mary O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in thy servants, in the spirit of thy holiness, in the fullness of thy might, in the truth of thy virtues, in the perfection of thy ways, in the communion of thy mysteries. Subdue every hostile power in thy spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen.