May 5th, 2020
Waiting on Pentecost with Her
In the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, the first contemplation of the fourth Resurrection week is one of how Christ appeared to Our Lady ,
‘From there he released the souls of the just; then … rising again, he appeared in body and soul to his blessed mother.’ 
To anyone who questions this, the answer of Ignatius, in so many words, is – Why wouldn’t he?  Maybe several times and in several different ways before the Ascension. After Jesus’ resurrection, Mary continues to accompany and pray with the other eleven disciples. It was before the feast of Pentecost that year when we read,
‘All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary, the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers’ Acts 1 v.14
Following Mary through all the way of the cross and then after the resurrection is a worthwhile prayer exercise; seeing love at work in their special relationship. What does it mean then for Mary to receive the Spirit at Pentecost? She who was ‘full of grace’. We only get a glimpse of what it might mean by seeing how completely it transformed the close disciples of Jesus into fearless apostles.
More importantly what does it mean for us? This is the time to pray again for being further filled with the Spirit, the Consoler, the Spirit of Jesus, the One whom we recognise when we believe that He and the Father are one.
Stephen Power SJ