Saturday 22nd August – Memorial of the Queenship of Mary
Reflection: Luke 1: 26-38
MARY: MOTHER OF OUR KING
The Blessed Virgin, both in her earthly life and glorious eternity remains a clear expression of God’s infinite power to exalt the lowly. It was God’s will that a lowly maid would be raised to become the mother of the eternal King of kings. It was God’s will that Mary (whose name meant “bitterness”) would be given the immeasurable joy of becoming Queen of heaven. Our faith in this glorious mystery is our hope that our imperfect nature would be shed-off for the perfect nature of Christ; when we are raised with Him (2 Peter 1: 3-4).
In her submission to God’s will, Mary teaches us absolute faith; without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Just as we all shared in the disobedience of Eve, by her obedience and acceptance to be the mother of our Redeemer, we all have a share in the joy of salvation. Our Blessed Mother teaches us with her life that obedience to God never goes unrewarded. Are you willing to obey Him even in the uncertainties of life like Mary did?
Today, we are called to learn from our mother and queen, the virtue of faith. If Mary could do it, you can too. Let her words to the servants at the marriage feast at Cana resound in your ears each day: “Do whatever He tells you” (Lk 2:5
PRAYER: Holy Queen, teach us absolute faith in your Son. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 147 – Why does Mary have such a preeminent place in the communion of saints?
Mary is the Mother of God. She was united with Jesus on earth as no other human being was or could be—in an intimacy that does not cease in heaven. Mary is the Queen of Heaven, and in her motherhood she is quite close to us.
Because she committed herself, body and soul, to a divine yet dangerous undertaking, Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven. Anyone who lives and believes as Mary did will get to heaven.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Yet without faith it is impossible to please him: no one draws near to God without first believing that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him earnestly.” Hebrews 11: 6 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7; Psalm 113: 1-8; Luke 1: 26-28