The Queenship of Mary

Luke 1: 26-38
Is 9: 1-6 / Psa 113

‘I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’

Her virtues that we emulate
Will shield us from all tribulation;
Today let’s pause to meditate
Her ‘Yes’ that led to our redemption

In the sixth month of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the young maiden Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel to announce her role in God’s plan of salvation. Pledged to be married soon to Joseph, Mary would have been placed in a great quandary by the angel’s news that she would be with child by the power of the Holy Spirit. But this awesome news that she would become the mother of “the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, to reign over the house of Jacob forever” was a divine privilege that a simple village girl like her could hardly refuse. “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” After hearing these revelations, Mary could only reply in total submission, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be done to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:26-38)

Reflection

The Church celebrates this day as the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. It is a special day that is commemorated by our Church in relation to (seven days after) the feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Having assumed into heaven, body and soul, we believe that our Blessed Mother was crowned by God as queen because she is the Mother of Christ the King. Her Queenship is derived from the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The canticle of Mary in verse 46 to 55 of the same chapter of Luke reveals her ecstatic feelings to her cousin Elizabeth, knowing that she occupied a unique place in the whole of mankind, because she was now bearing the Son of God, the King of heaven and the whole of creation. This special honor, however, in no way affected her humble disposition. She even took pains riding a donkey to visit her aged cousin, and stayed to serve her for three months until Elizabeth delivered her own baby.

The Virgin Mother Mary deserves this exalted position as the Queen of Heaven, as our Lord Jesus Himself said that those who humble themselves will be exalted. What we admire most in our Mother Mary was her humility, submission, and obedience to God’s will. She is the model which all followers of her Son should strive to emulate.

We thank You, Father for the example of our Mother Mary, whom we honor today as our Queen Mother, beloved of our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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