Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Acts 16:1-10 + John 15:18-21
“I have chosen you out of the world ….”
In this Easter season, we continue to hear in the First Reading about the flurry of apostolic activity that spread through the world following the first Christian Pentecost. But what of Mary, the lowly Virgin, mother of the child who grew in this world in order to offer His life in sacrifice for our sins? What about the mother of Him who is the Good News that the apostles spread throughout the world? Where is Mary at Pentecost?
We might forget that she is the Mother of God, the Mother of Him through whom all things were made. We might forget that she, too, was present in that upper room. Why is she there? She surely had no need to receive that fullness of the Holy Spirit who descended at Pentecost. Her Pentecost—her Confirmation, so to speak—took place at the Annunciation. At that moment, the power of the Holy Spirit overshadowed her who had been sinless from the moment of her conception in the womb of Saint Anne.
At the Annunciation of the Good News, God became man: Christ’s Body began forming within Mary’s womb. Here in the upper room at Pentecost, that same Holy Spirit descends again, to overshadow the apostles. Here in the upper room, Christ had offered the first celebration of the Sacrifice of the Eucharist. There the Church—the Body of Christ—was born, that the apostles might go forth into the world to preach the Gospel and offer their lives in sacrifice for Christ.