Jesus assured his disciples he would not leave them as orphans; he promised the Father would send another Advocate to be with them always (Jn 14:16-18). That promise was kept on the day of Pentecost, considered the birthday of the church, when Jesus' followers received the Holy Spirit. We who believe are also blessed with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
The intent of establishing this memorial in part is to highlight that Mary has been our Mother from the foundations of the Church. This was true not just at Pentecost, which we celebrate the day before this memorial; but as we can see in this Gospel reading, it can be traced to the very sacrifice on the cross.
How fitting it is to end this series on the liturgical year with the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Frequently this year we have meditated together on the reality of Christ as King of heaven and earth, as King of our souls, and as King of the Jews.
Has your parish's blessing on Mother's Day included prayers for women who long to have a child or women who have lost a child?
Right before the start of last Advent, my beloved pastor at my parish received the call that he was going to be made a provincial for his religious order. He would be leaving St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Carrollton and moving back to India to serve the people there. The call came quite suddenly and he was to be moving in less than a month.