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May 12: Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Reading Acts 18:23-28
Gospel John 16:23-28

“The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures but I will tell you clearly about the Father.”

The spiritual momentum of the Sacred Triduum and the Easter Season moves us through the Passion and Death, the Resurrection, and the Ascension of the Lord Jesus to the Solemnity of Pentecost. In the Church’s celebration of Pentecost, we meditate not only on the divine origin and the divine mission of the Church.

We meditate finally upon the divine end of the Church: that is, her ultimate goal. This goal is eternal life with and in God the Father. On this Saturday of the Easter Season, reflect on the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and God the Father. Think of how, from the time of the Annunciation, throughout the earthly life of her Son Jesus, to the end of her own earthly life, Mary had a unique relationship with God the Father. God the Father and the human creature, Mary of Nazareth, shared in common their Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. How often Mary must have turned to God the Father in prayer for support, comfort, and guidance!

Though you and I are not privileged with the unique vocation of our Blessed Mother, we are called by God the Father into His divine Life. In these last days of the Easter Season, pray directly to God the Father. Thank Him for His Son, Jesus. Ask Him to comfort you in the face of trial, and for an increase in the virtues of humility and patience. Ask Him to mold your faith, your heart and your mind in the likeness of His perfect work of creation: the Blessed Virgin Mary.