The Chaplain’s Corner – Sunday After Pentecost (5-17-15)


Jesus has ascended into Heaven. In so doing, He has forever placed our hearts in Heaven: “Sursum corda!” He is our Treasure, and our faith, hope, and love are now directed entirely Heavenward. Where our Head has gone, the members hope to follow. With our hearts in Heaven with our Treasure, we obey St. Paul’s command to “seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at God’s right hand.” We approach Jesus now entirely with heavenly reverence, as in the Sacred Liturgy, rather than in the earthly familiarity of walking with Him on the shores of Galilee.

Our first act in this new way of life in Christ is to return to Jersualem, rejoicing with the Apostles (Luke 24:52), and to gather in the Upper Room, united in prayer with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today is our third day of prayer together, making with Our Mother the novena to the Holy Spirit, begging Jesus to clothe us with Power from on high. We somehow feel closer to Jesus because we are with His Mother. We know that, when He sends us His Holy Spirit, we will be closer to Him than we have ever been, even than those who ate and drank with Him.

As we beg for the Holy Spirit to possess us entirely and to unite us fully to Jesus, we think of those areas of our lives where we need most help. We think of our weakness and our ignorance and our coldhearted indifference. We see so clearly our need for a Savior and our need for His Spirit. We tell His Mother to pray especially for those areas of our lives. We tell her everything. She loves us and protects us and nurtures us.

This is the Church today. We are gathered in the Upper Room with Mary, the Queen of the Apostles. She is the Mother of the Church. When she merits congruously the Sending of the Spirit, we will be emboldened to preach the Gospel to all nations. The Church awaits the Spirit. The Bride says, Veni! Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Veni per Mariam!

Fr. Joseph Previtali

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