“Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this! Amen, amen, I say to you: you will see the sky opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
What greater things indeed that Saint Bartholomew and all the Lord’s Apostles saw! What greater things you, gracious Lady, must have felt as you journeyed with them after His Passion! How Gabriel’s “Ave” must have resounded in your mind as you heard the news:
“They have taken His body!”
“The Lord has appeared to Simon!”
“This Jesus will return exactly as you saw Him go.”
And what you must have felt on that day of Pentecost, when you who were already full of grace were filled with the Spirit of the Power that overshadowed you so many years ago. How the fire of that primal Bond of Love must have kindled even that echo of your divine Son that remains, incarnate, within your womb. What an “Ave” that must have been! The Lord to Whom you gave earthly life continued to awaken life ever more within you on earth. But even such wondrous greetings must pale to the “Ave” that came from the mouth of your Son, as He came to take you to Himself and to His Father. Body and soul, “the Lord is with you,” now and for ever, as you stand at His right hand arrayed in gold.
O Ever-Virgin Mary, uniquely positioned in all creation to aid the brothers, sisters and friends of your Son, you are truly most blessed among all women, blessed as your holy Child. A comfort, an anchor and a guide to the Apostles in the days of the early Church, you have also become their Queen and ours, blessed even to be the first in all the earth to realize the fullness of our eternal happiness. You for whom all time is the “now” in which you pray for us sinners, a “now” that includes even “the hour of our death,” never cease to intercede for your children across all history.
Please, on this special day, continue to show your motherly care and guidance to those who follow in the Order of the Apostles, who continue the noble work of your Son’s friends in watching over and shepherding His Church on earth. May they, and we with them, always say “Ave” to you, gracious Lady, our Queen Mother for ever, that you may intercede with our Lord Brother for us, that we may be worthy of His promises. May He Who is our sole hope, of which you are the proof and guarantee, continuously enflame with love the hearts of these most reverend ones and kindle that fire within them, now and at the hour of death. And may they see every day greater things than on the day before.
“…meditating upon these Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise…”