What might she have been thinking? She must have been 48 years old at the time, when most women are approaching or are already in menopause. I can imagine…I did imagine when praying the Glorious Mysteries…her excitement at the thought that upon the overshadowing again of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, that she might conceive once again for God. Remember the words of Sarah, wife of Abraham after hearing of her future motherhood:
“And she laughed secretly saying: ‘After I am grown old, and my lord is an old man, shall I give myself to pleasure?'” [Genesis 18:12, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible]
In contrast, what was Mother Mary thinking? Perhaps she thought as she did upon visiting Spirit-filled Elizabeth:
“And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” [Gospel of Luke, 1:47, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible]As the spouse of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost must have been a wonderful event for Mother Mary, an event which, perhaps, sealed her future as the spiritual mother of all of God’s children. Afterall, she did become the future mother of 3,000 on the first day alone.
“They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about 3,000 souls.” [Acts of the Apostles, 2:41, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible]
As it was at Pentecost, is how it is today at each celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: at Baptism to give birth to us, at Confirmation to fortify us, and at Eucharist to nurture us for eternal Life. She is there with the Holy Spirit. How is this possible? How can this be? This is a mystery, but we know that…
“…Mary said: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord'” [Gospel of Luke, 1:46, Douay-Rheims Holy Bible]
Indeed, Mother Mary is one with the Lord, Who is the source of all life. She and the Holy Spirit are the perfect union, for she magnifies the Lord as co-Source of our new Life in Christ. This is not a priestly function; it is above the priestly function. She is co-Advocate and co-Redeemer. She magnifies our Savior.