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The role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the writing down of the Gospels

The role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the writing down of the Gospels

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Published by Miguel Vas
Taken from the writings of the Blessed Maria of Agreda
Taken from the writings of the Blessed Maria of Agreda

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Published by: Miguel Vas on Dec 20, 2010
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THE BEGINNINGS OF THE GOSPELS WRITTEN BY THE EVANGELISTS; THEPART WHICH THE MOST BLESSED MARY HAD IN THEIR COMPOSITIONI have described, as far as I was permitted, the exalted state of the great Queen and Ladyafter the first council of the Apostles, and also her victories over the infernal dragon andhis demons. Although the wonderful works which She accomplished during these timesand at all times, cannot be recorded in a history, nor even summed up, I was neverthelessgiven special light for the purpose of describing the beginnings of the Gospels and thecall of the Evangelists to undertake their writing, the part which Mary bore in their beingwritten, her solicitous care for the absent Apostles, and the miracles She wrought for them. In the second part, and on many occasions I have stated, that the heavenly Mother had a positive knowledge of all the mysteries of grace, of the Gospels and other holywritings, which were to serve for the confirmation of the new Law. In this knowledgeShe was confirmed many times, especially on the day of her ascension with her divineSon into heaven. From that day on, without forgetting anything, She often prostratedHerself in prayer before the Lord, asking Him to send his divine light upon the Apostlesand holy writers and to order them to write, when the opportune time should have come.Afterwards, when the Queen returned from heaven and was put in charge of the Church(as related in the sixth chapter of this book), the Lord made known to Her that the timefor beginning to write the holy Gospels had arrived and that She should make her arrangements for this purpose as the Mistress and Instructress of the Church. But in her  profound humility and discretion She obtained the consent of the Lord, that this should beattended to by saint Peter, his vicar and the head of the Church; and that he should bespecially assisted by divine enlightenment for a matter of such importance. All this wasgranted by the Most High ; and when the Apostles met in the council mentioned by saintLuke in the fifteenth chapter of the Acts, after they had settled the doubts aboutcircumcision, as I described in the sixth chapter, saint Peter proposed to them all thenecessity of recording in writing the mysteries of the life of Christ our Savior andTeacher, so that they might be preached to all the faithful in the Church without variationor difference, thus doing away with the old Law and establish the new.Saint Peter had already consulted with the Mother of wisdom; and all the council havingapproved of his proposal, they called upon the Holy Ghost to point out the Apostles anddisciples who should write the life of the Savior. Immediately a light was seendescending upon saint Peter and a voice was heard saying: “The highpriest and head of the Church shall assign four for recording the works and the teachings of the Savior of the world” Saint Peter and all present prostrated themselves, giving thanks to the Lord for this favor. When all of them had again risen, saint Peter spoke: “Matthew, our beloved brother, shall immediately begin to write his Gospel in the name of the Father, the Sonand the Holy Ghost. Mark shall be the second, who shall likewise write the Gospel in thename of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Luke shall write the third, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Our most beloved brother John shall be thefourth and last to write the mysteries of our Savior and Teacher in the name of the Father,the Son and the Holy Ghost.This decision the Lord confirmed by permitting the
heavenly light to remain until these words were repeated and formally accepted by allthose appointed.Within a few days saint Matthew set about writing the first Gospel. While praying in aretired room of the Cenacle and asking to be enlightened for the inception of his history,the most blessed Mary appeared to him seated on a throne of great majesty and splendor,the doors of the room still remaining closed. The great Lady told him to arise, which hedid, asking for her benediction. Then She spoke to him and said: “Matthew, my servant,the Almighty sends me with his blessing, in order that with it thou begin the writing of the Gospel which thou hast the good fortune to be entrusted with. In this thou shalt havethe assistance of the Holy Ghost and I shall beg it for thee with all my heart. Butconcerning myself it is not proper, that thou write anything except what is absolutelynecessary for manifesting the Incarnation and other mysteries of the Word made man,and for establishing his faith in the world as the foundation of his Church. This faith being established, the Almighty will find other persons, who, when the times arrive inwhich it shall become necessary, shall reveal to the faithful the mysteries and blessingswrought by his powerful arm in me.” Saint Matthew signified his willingness to obey themandate of the Queen ; and while he conferred with Her about composing his Gospel, theHoly Ghost came down upon him in visible form; and in the presence of the Lady He began to write the words as they are still extant in his Gospel. The blessed Mary then lefthim and saint Matthew proceeded in his history, finishing it in Judea. He wrote it in theHebrew language in the year forty-two of our Lord.The Evangelist Mark wrote his gospel four years later, in the forty-sixth year after the birth of Christ. He likewise wrote it in Hebrew and while in Palestine. Beforecommencing he asked his guardian angel to notify the Queen of heaven of his intentionand to implore her assistance for obtaining the divine enlightenment for what he wasabout to write. The kind Mother heard his prayer and immediately the Lord commandedthe angels to carry Her with the usual splendor and ceremony to the Evangelist, who wasstill in prayer. The great Queen appeared to him seated on a most beautiful andresplendent throne. Prostrating himself before Her, he said: “Mother of the Savior of theworld and Mistress of all creation, I am unworthy of this favor, though I am a servant of thy divine Son and of Thyself.” The heavenly Mother answered: “The Most High, whomthou servest and lovest, sends me to assure thee, that thy prayers are heard and that hisholy Spirit shall direct thee in the writing of the Gospel, with which He has chargedthee.” Then She told him not to write of the mysteries pertaining to Her, just as She hadasked of saint Matthew. Immediately the Holy Ghost, in visible and most refulgent shape,descended upon saint Mark, enveloping him in light and filling him with interior enlightenment; and in the presence of the Queen he began to write his Gospel. At thattime the Princess of heaven was sixty-one years of age. Saint Jerome says, that saintMark wrote his short Gospel in Rome, at the instance of the faithful residing there; but Iwish to call attention to the fact, that this was a translation or copy of the one he hadwritten in Palestine; for the Christians in Rome possessed neither his nor any other Gospel, and therefore he set about writing one in the Roman or Latin language.

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