Saturday, September 29, 2007

Queen of Apostles, pray for us!

St Paul gives us very accurate explanation about Apostles mission: "For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus." (2Cor 4:5). Mary, however, was the one: "of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ" (Mt 1:16), therefore, she is above the Apostles as much as deeds outdo words. The Apostles presented themselves to the world in particular way: "Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God" (1Cor 4:1), whereas Mary was mother of Christ and chosen by God to nourish and hide great mystery of our faith in her own virginal womb for nine months. The Apostles declared: "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4), whereas Mary was the source of God's word and she could teach Apostles about Incarnation of Jesus, His birth followed by Holy Family's flight to Egypt, about Jesus' childhood in Nazareth. We read in Acts of Apostles following Jesus Ascension into Heaven, all Apostles were gathered in the upper room and: "persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus" (Acts 1:14). Mary's presence explains extraordinary fullness of graces bestowed upon all present there after Holy Spirit descended from Heaven, for His Spouse was in their midst. St Paul ensures us: "For we forecast what may be good not only before God, but also before men" (2 Cor 8:21). Mary, our Mother through Christ, full of grace and virtues, is always best example and help for every Christian aspiring to achieve holiness of life. From this reflections we can only draw one conclusion and agree with the Invocations of the Litany of Loretto - Mary IS the Queen of Apostles. We should follow her and run under her mantle in every trouble and need, every one of us, no matter what profession, authority or resposibility God bestowed upon us. We are all her children, given to her in last words of dying Christ. Let us find and fulfill as best as we can our own apostolates in our own homes, at work whatever our responsibilities are let us be a living example of Christian charity to give witness to Our Lord, keeping in mind words: "Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God" (Luke 12:8).