In heaven, all the angels could still see the wound marks on Jesus' hands and feet. They all bowed down before Him. Finally, St. Michael went up to Jesus and said, 'Jesus, do they know how much You love them?
"A group of them know", Jesus said.
"I told Peter and I told James and I told John and I told the rest of the Twelve," Jesus said, "and they are going to have to tell others."
"Come on, Jesus", St. Michael said. "How else are you going to do it?"
"This is it,", Jesus said. "If they don't tell them, then the world will never know."
St. Michael asked, "What is your backup plan?"
"There is no backup plan. If they don't do it the world will never know."
In his homily for last week's Feast of the Assumption, our priest pointed out that God, the all-powerful creator of the universe, chose to hinge His entire plan for salvation on the yes of one poor, young, (but humble and faithful) servant girl. "God," as he put it, "likes to play dangerously." The stakes are high, but now He has no less faith in us than He did in Christ; as we pray in the Eucharistic Prayer, "look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church..." As he went "all in" with Mary 2000 years ago, and was satisfied by the faithfulness and perfect sacrifice of His only Son whom she bore into the world, now He looks to us. The Lord of Hosts is hedging His bet on you and me.
This is our time. This is the appointed time and place for us to enter the battle, like those who have fought so bravely before us, so that we might shine brighter than the stars, glorifying Him with them for all eternity.