TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY:
MARY IS QUEEN BECAUSE she is uniquely conformed to her Son, both on the earthly journey and in heavenly glory. Ephrem the Syrian, Syria’s great saint, said of Mary’s queenship that it derives from her motherhood: she is Mother of the Lord, of the King of kings (Is 9:1-6) and she points Jesus out to us as our life, our salvation and our hope…
She shares in God’s responsibility for the world and in God’s love for the world…The royalty and kingship of Christ is interwoven with humility, service, and love. It is above all serving, helping, and loving..
Mary is Queen in her service to God for humanity; she is a Queen of love who lives the gift of herself to God so as to enter into the plan of man’s salvation…She helps us. She is Queen precisely by loving us, by helping us in our every need; she is our sister, a humble handmaid.
How does Mary exercise this queenship of service and love? By watching over us, her children: the children who turn to her in prayer, to thank her or to ask her for her motherly protection and her heavenly help, perhaps after having lost our way, or when we are oppressed by suffering or anguish because of the sorrowful and harrowing vicissitudes of life. In serenity or in life’s darkness let us address Mary, entrusting ourselves to her continuous intercession so that she may obtain for us from the Son every grace and mercy we need for our pilgrimage on the highways of the world.
Through the Virgin Mary let us turn with trust to the One who rules the world and holds in his hand the future of the universe..
The title “Queen” is thus a title of trust, joy, and love. And we know that the One who holds a part of the world’s destinies in her hand is good, that she loves us and helps us in our difficulties. (Pope Benedict XVI)
(A priest told me that Mary knows what is happening to us because the Holy Spirit tells her, and that she intercedes for us even if we do not ask. But truly, I ask, what better than having Jesus’s mother praying to her Son along with us? What good Son refuses his mother’s request? That is why we ask help from Mary)
PRAYER; O GOD, BY THE FRUITFUL virginity of Blessed Mary, you have given to the human race the reward of eternal life. Grant, we beseech you, that through the intercession of the mother of the AUTHOR OF LIFE, the Church may become the mother of many children who will take their place before your throne to sing your praises for all eternity, through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen..