Friday, August 21, 2015



Memorial, White        

Ru 2:1 – 3, 8 - 11; 4:13 – 17 / Lk 1:26 - 38

[Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration of Mary Queen in 1954.]

Reading: Ru 2:1 – 3, 8 - 11; 4:13 – 17
     Naomi had a well-to-do kinsman, Boaz, from the clan of her husband Elimelech. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go to pick up the left-over grain in the field whose owner will allow me that favor." Naomi said, "Go ahead, my daughter." So she went to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. It happened that the field she entered belonged to Boaz of the clan of Elimelech.
     Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my daughter. Don't go away from here to glean in anyone else's field. Stay here with my women servants. See where the harvesters are and follow behind. I have ordered the men not to molest you. They have filled some jars with water. Go there and drink when you are thirsty."   Bowing down with her face to the ground, she exclaimed, "Why have I, a foreigner, found such favor in your eyes?"
     Boaz answered, "I have been told all about you – what you have done for  your mother-in-law since your husband's death, how you have gone with her, leaving your own father and mother and homeland, to live with a  people you knew nothing about before you came here.
     So Ruth was taken by Boaz and became his wife. Yahweh made her conceive and give birth to a son. The women said to Naomi, "Blessed be Yahweh who has provided you today with an heir. May he become famous in Israel! He will be your comfort and stay in your old age, for he is born of a daughter-in-law who loves you and is worth more than seven sons."
     Naomi took the child as her own and became his nurse. And the women of the neighborhood gave him his name, saying, "A son has been born for Naomi." They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, who was David's father.

Gospel: Lk 1:26 - 38
     In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  
     The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean. 
     But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have no end." 
     Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God. . . ." 
     Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." 

     Today is the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1954: "The purpose of the Feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb." (Pius XII, Ad Coeli Reginam). 
     On her Assumption into heaven, Mary our Mother was solemnly crowned by Christ and received by the whole court of Heaven as Queen. 
     Mary is our model of discipleship. Mary is "a woman of silence and attentiveness." Have we ever thought what the power of Mary's "Yes" to God had on our salvation history? Allowing God's will to be done to her opened the way for God's only Son to become human and live out the will of the Father so that we, his adopted sons and daughters, may be with him in his everlasting kingdom. 
     Let us never doubt that God only wants the best for us, even when we do not fully understand the reason why things are happening in our lives the way they are. Just as Mary had no full comprehension of the Angel's message to her, she knew that God was using her for a greater purpose and God will not wish harm on her. Like Mary, let us put our full trust in God, follow his will and serve him with all our heart, soul, mind and body.




Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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