This weekend we mark three important events – First Communion, Mothers’ Day, and the Ascension of the Lord. Each has significant and beautiful truths for us to contemplate. Here a just a few brief thoughts.
Congratulations to our young people from St. Peter’s who are receiving their first Holy Communion this weekend! May each time you receive our Lord in Holy Communion be as special as this first time. A big “Thank you” to their parents, teachers and catechists who have prepared them for this special day. Even as we celebrate the Lord’s Ascension today we remember that through the holy Eucharist he is with us always, according to his promise, until the end of time. (See Matthew 28:20.)
Happy Mothers’ Day to all the women of the parish! In so many ways you reveal to us the maternal compassion of God – his tender loving-kindness. Today is our opportunity to say “Thank you” for all that you do. My own mother is deceased, but I’m blessed to have many “spiritual mothers” in my life for which I am profoundly grateful. Of course Jesus has given all of us his Mother, the Virgin Mary, to be our Mother. (See John 19:26-27.) As we honor our earthly mothers, let us not forget to honor Mary as well. May she intercede for us and for all mothers on this Mothers’ Day!
Today we also celebrate the Lord’s Ascension and next Sunday the great feast of Pentecost. It is an ancient tradition to make the days between Ascension and Pentecost a special time of prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. We imitate the example of the Apostles who, together with Mary, devoted themselves to prayer as they awaited the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 1:12-14.) Here is an example of what this prayer might look like:
V. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
R. Enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.