May, the Month of Mary

Mary Garden, Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, NY

We celebrate Easter through the month of May. The Risen Lord stays with his church on her pilgrim way and walks with her step by step. Jesus is with us; he won’t leave us orphans. He gives us his gifts.

One of his gifts is Mary, his Mother. We honor her this month and ask her to guide us into the mysteries of Jesus, her Son. She knew him better than any of his creatures. I have been out in our Mary Garden these last few days visiting her.

In the Acts of the Apostles, our primary scriptural source for knowing how the church developed, Luke describes that development mainly through the missionary journeys of Peter and Paul. But let’s not forget Mary, a key figure in that development. She’s “embedded” in the story of Jesus’ life and in the development of the church. I like that word to describe her–”embedded.”  

After Jesus ascends into heaven, forty days after his resurrection, a group of his followers, whom we already know from Luke’s gospel, go back to the upper room in Jerusalem.  Luke describes them:

“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” 

As he says earlier in his gospel, Luke depends on eyewitnesses who not only have seen and heard what Jesus said and did, but also are given prophetic gifts for preaching and teaching in the church. They tell us Jesus rose from the dead but, inspired by the Holy Spirit, they also tell us what that mystery means for the world. 

Luke’s eyewitnesses are the eleven apostles, paired up two by two as Jesus told them for  preaching the gospel. There are also women, like Mary Magdalen, followers of Jesus during his ministry and important witnesses of his resurrection. And finally Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers, his relations, who knew him from the beginning.

Mary, who kept all these things in her heart, is the chief eyewitness.

4 thoughts on “May, the Month of Mary

  1. Gail Smyder

    Many prayers for your Chapter meeting Fr. Victor. Easter, Ascension and Pentecost Joy. May we all continue to live in this Joy as you walk this journey with us so faithfully. Confirmation preparation here, so the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are being treasured anew.

  2. vhoagland Post author

    Thanks, Gail. Hope you and Harold are well. Our chapter is almost over.Good days.
    FV

  3. Berta

    May is a special month. God’s creation comes alive again. Hope is in the air. Orlando and I have much hope and much faith that all will be well and that the Holy Spirit will be with all of you throughout the Chapter .

  4. Jo Shafer

    Only recently have I discovered “The Victor’s Place” blog. Through it you are a daily inspiration to me. Thank you, Father.

    In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
    Jo Shafer, O.P.B.

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