1. The Resurrection
O Lord, let me not be put to shame, for I call upon you; Let the wicked be put to shame; let them be reduced to silence in the nether world. (Ps 31:18).
Although Jesus was put to shame through his suffering and death on the cross on Good Friday, He triumphantly rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. The soldiers, the eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, “were shaken with fear and became like dead men” (Mt 28:4). Yet, they took money from the chief priests to make the story about Jesus’ empty tomb saying, “His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep” (Mt 28:13). What a shame! Sleeping guard! Even the Pharisees and Sadducees were ashamed when apostles proclaimed Jesus’ resurrection. They said to the apostles, “You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s (Jesus) blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles said in replay, ‘We must obey God … who raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree” (cf. Acts 5:28-30).
Blessed Alphonse Marie says, “A simple soul is upright, not ashamed to acknowledge her faults.”
2. The Ascension
How great is the goodness, O Lord, which you have in store for those who fear you, and which toward those who take refuge in you, you show in the sight of men. (Ps 31:20)
After forty days of Jesus’ resurrection, the day He was taken up has arrived. Strengthened by many proofs that Jesus is alive, the apostles gathered together around Jesus at the mount called Olivet, and He gave them his last words, the words of goodness. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. You will receive power of the Holy Spirit … you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth” (Mk 16.16; Acts 1:8). Yes, we, who believe in Jesus, are witnesses of the goodness of our Lord in our everyday life. He, who was lifted up and a cloud took Him from the sight of his apostles, is still with us in his sacraments.
Blessed Alphonse Marie says, “Let us honor the designs of God, who never fails in goodness.”
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Blessed be the Lord whose wondrous kindness he has shown me in a fortified city. (Ps 31:22)
Jesus’ promise of receiving the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon the apostles was fulfilled on the tenth day after His ascension. Yet, Jesus asked them not to depart Jerusalem, but stay in the city until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Lk 24:49). So, the disciples returned to Jerusalem with great joy and went to the upper room where they were staying and praising God. While they devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. What a power of common prayer! May the name of the Lord be praised! He shows us his kindness and mercy when we call upon Him. He clothes us with power of the Holy Spirit when we two or three are gathered together in his name.
Blessed Alphonse Marie says, “O how great is the kindness and mercy of God toward us!”
4. The Assumption
Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the Lord. (Ps 31:25)
When Jesus, dying on the cross, entrusted his mother to his beloved disciple John, John took her into his home. After Jesus’ ascension, disciples gathered together around his mother Mary and prayed together. Mary became the heart of the Church established by Jesus Christ. Since Annunciation, the Blessed Virgin Mary hoped in the Lord, although she encountered many sufferings. With courage she went to visit Elizabeth, who in her advanced age was with child. With courage she went to Bethlehem and to Egypt, and for three days was looking with fear for her son Jesus, whom she later accompanied on his way to Calvary, and stayed there until his death and burial. And hoping in the Lord, she awaited Jesus’ resurrection. What courage and hope! What a courageous heart of our heavenly Mother! May she, whose body and soul was assumed into heavenly glory, intercede for us.
Blessed Alphonse Marie says, “Believe me, one can hope for the greatest merit in caring for the sick if one does all from a pure intention, that is, to please God and to save souls for Him.”
5. The Coronation
Love the Lord, all you his faithful ones! The Lord keeps those who are constant, but more than requites those who act proudly. (Ps 31:24)
In her canticle, Mary proclaimed the greatness of the Lord, the Mighty One who does great things for those who are faithful to Him. The Lord keeps those who are constant by showing might with his arms and his mercy to those who love Him, but disperses the arrogant of mind and heart. He also throws down the mighty ones of this world, but lifts up the lowly. He takes care of the hungry whom He fills with good things, but the rich sends away empty. The humble servant and the Mother of God and the spouse of the Holy Spirit was crowning as Queen of heaven and earth. Queen of heaven and earth, pray for us!
Blessed Alphonse Marie says, “Throughout the whole day, at every moment we have opportunities to prove our faithfulness in small matters and to practice virtues out of pure love of God.”