Sunday, August 21, 2016
Monday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
22 August 2016
Monday, 21st Week in Ordinary Time
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Is 9:1- 6 / Lk 1:26 – 38.
Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration of Mary the Queen in 1954.
Gospel Reading: 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. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child, and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible."
Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.
Indeed the Blessed Virgin Mary is Queen because Jesus, her Son, is King of heaven and earth. However, she is not like any other Queen for she is first and foremost a Mother to all of us. Her love for us is no different from her love for Jesus. Do we believe this?
Her appearances at Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe show how much she wants to reach out to us, her children, with her messages. She intercedes for us to her son Jesus when we pray to her. Like at the wedding feast in Cana, she brings our petitions, needs and intentions to her Son. Thus her titles -- Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Mary Help of Christians.
In the reading of today about the Annunciation of the Lord, she teaches us in the way she has taught Jesus during his growing years. By her example and response to God through the angel, she teaches us about faith and trust in the Lord, about love for God and trusting obedience to Him.
The "yes" of our Blessed Mother is an example for us to follow. Are we saying "yes" to Jesus daily? As we experience difficulties in our "yes" response, let us remember our Mother who is there for us, to intercede for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Eva Sungahid Estrera
John Kervey V. Brillante
Marvin & Christine Caranto
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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