June 5th

At this point of the liturgical year we are celebrating two mysteries of the Rosary in one week’s time.  This past week we celebrated an important Marian Feast day: the Feast of the Visitation.  As soon as the Blessed Virgin Mary heard that her elderly cousin was “in her sixth month,” Mary “went with haste” to offer her assistance and remained with her for three months.  Only after the Lord’s forerunner was born and Elizabeth’s needs were taken care of did Mary “return to her home in Nazareth.”  In this mystery, Our Lady is for us a model of true charity.  Charity does not hesitate nor does it count the cost: true charity puts the needs of others ahead of self.  Let us learn from our Mother’s example and serve others in charity.

The second mystery of the Rosary that we are celebrating this weekend is that of the Lord’s Ascension.  Before Our Lord ascended into Heaven, He told His Apostles that it was for their benefit that He was going to go to the Father.  That statement might seem counter-intuitive at first glance: wouldn’t it be better for them to have the Master with them?  Yet Our Lord told them that it is better for them (and for us) that He go, so that He can send the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth.

In this world we walk by faith and not by sight.  We know that Our Lord has not abandoned us.  He continues to be Present to us in the Most Holy Eucharist: we continue to hear His voice when the Scriptures are proclaimed at Mass and through the Teachings of the Church (Jesus told His Apostles: “He who hears you hears Me.)  Jesus gave us the Church, the Sacraments and He has sent the Holy Spirit to guide and assist us in our journey towards Heaven.

Our Lord’s Ascension is a reminder to us of our ultimate goal: our destiny is to be forever with God in Heaven.  We live in this world only for a time; we are only here as pilgrims on a journey toward our heavenly promised land.  We can live very comfortably in this world: we can sometimes forget that this world is not our final goal.  We have to remind ourselves that we are not made to live in this world forever: we are made for more than this world offers.  We are made to live forever united with God.  Let us follow Our Lord faithfully, so that we might reach our goal: to one day be with Him forever in His Father’s House.

God bless,

Father White