One of my favorite quotes from scriptures is: “the number of disciples continued to grow.” (Acts 6:1) It is in our first reading this week. I think of the Holy Church in her infancy, the Apostles and disciples going into the mighty Roman Empire and other pagan lands.
They proclaimed Christ Crucified and Risen, and practiced what they preached. By his death, Resurrection, and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house. The house is no longer the Temple in Jerusalem, but the spiritual house of the Church, built on the living stone of Christ’s body, as St. Peter tells us in the second reading.
This temple, the Holy Church, is built of living stones, that is, each one of us. In this “Temple” of the Spirit, we are to be “holy priests,” “offering up spiritual sacrifices,” that is all of our prayer, work, intentions, suffering, and joy - to God. We are called to glorify God in the temple of our bodies.
“In today's First Reading, we see the spiritual house of the Church being built up... The Lord's Word is upright and all His works trustworthy, we sing in today's Psalm. So we can trust Jesus when He tells us never to be troubled, but to believe that His Word and works come from the
His Word continues its work in the world through the Church... It is destined to spread with influence and power (see Acts 19:20), and to become the imperishable seed by which every heart is born anew (see 1 Peter 1:23).” (Reflection by Dr. Scott Hahn)
Why is Month of May, the Month of Mary?
“It was in Rome, towards the end of the eighteenth century, one fine evening in May. A child of the poor gathered his companions around him and led them to a statue of Mary, before which a lamp was burning, as is the custom in that holy city. There, these fresh young voices sang the Litany of our Lady. The next day, the little group, followed by other children, again gathered at the feet of the Mother of God. Next came their mothers, to join the little assembly. Soon, other groups were formed, and the devotion rapidly became popular. Holy souls, troubled by the disorderly conduct which always increases and becomes graver at the return of the pleasant springtime, saw in these growing prac- tices the hand of God, and they cooperated with the designs of Providence by approving and promoting this new devotion, as a public and solemn act of reparation. The Month of Mary was founded.” (from A Month with Mary, 1950)
"If we take our Lady's hand, she will make us realize more fully that all men are our brothers -- because we are all sons of that God whose daughter, spouse, and mother she is... Mary, who brought up Jesus and accompanied him through his life and is now beside him in heaven, will help us recognize Jesus as he crosses our path and makes himself present to us in the needs of others." (Saint Josemaría Escrivá in “Christ Is Passing By,” p 145).
With Mary’s intercession may it be said of our three parishes “the number of disciples continued to grow.”
God bless you all and Happy Mother’s Day to our Mothers! Father Robert Letona