Wednesday, August 21, 2019
THURSDAY, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Is: 9: 1 – 6 / Lk 1: 26 – 38
Pope Pius XII instituted this celebration of Mary Queen in 1954.
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 26 – 35, 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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