Saturday, 22 August 2020 : 20th Week of Ordinary Time, Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today all of us celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, one week after the celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption. Today traditionally therefore marks the last day of the celebration of the Assumption that used to extend for the entire week in an octave. And today, as we rejoice in the Queenship we recall what we had celebrated earlier in the Assumption of Mary.

Without the Assumption, there can be no celebration today of the Queenship of Mary, because we believe that Mary, who was assumed or taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, is now seated at the right hand of her Son in Heaven, as the Queen of Heaven, or more precisely the Queen Mother of Heaven, by virtue of the Lord Jesus, our God being the King of kings and King of all the Universe. If the Lord is King, then it is common sense that His mother is honoured as the Queen Mother.

Historically, the mother of the king has always been held in high esteem, and this also applied to the old kingdom of Israel, where king Solomon, one of its most famous king, had his mother Bathsheba seated by his side, providing him advice and guidance as the esteemed queen mother of the entire realm. Therefore, it is with this same consideration and tradition that Mary is honoured as Queen, the Queen of Angels, the Queen of All Saints, and the Queen Mother of Heaven.

It highlighted further the special role that Mary played in the history of our salvation, as it was by her full and complete cooperation, submission and obedience to God’s will, her faith and dedication that the Saviour of the world was born into this world. And by her Son’s grace, at the end of her earthly life, she passed through death without suffering for she was never subjected to sin, neither tainted by it, and enter the glory of Heaven as our greatest intercessor.

In Mary we have our Queen and our Mother, our role model and inspiration, our assistance and help in our darkest moments. Mary has always been praying for us, interceding for us sinners because she loves each and every one of us as her own children. The Lord has entrusted us to Mary His mother when He symbolically entrusted His disciple St. John to her as He was about to die on the Cross. And vice versa, we have also been entrusted with Mary as our mother when she was entrusted to the care of St. John the Apostle.

Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, as we rejoice today at the feast of the Queenship of Mary, our loving Mother and the Mother of our God and Saviour, we are all called to put our trust in our beloved Mother and seek her guidance and her intercession. Being our trusted Mother and the one who is closest to the Lord in Heaven, Mary is indeed our best ally and guide in this struggle we have against sin and in our journey towards God. As it is often said, ‘To Jesus through Mary’. Mary offers us the straightest and most direct path to her Son.

As we celebrate Mary and her Queenship, let us all strive to follow her examples in faith, in dedication and in her total commitment to God, that we may imitate her examples and be good and genuine Christians, that we may faithfully walk in God’s presence and be worthy of the eternal life and glory we are to receive. And Mary is an example of what all the virtuous and righteous people of God will receive, the eternal glory in heaven.

Let us all be obedient to God as Mary did in her life, in her complete acceptance and humility to take up her role as the Mother of the Lord and Saviour, and let us genuinely love the Lord from now on, showing it through our actions and our everyday interactions with each other, in loving those whom we meet in life, our brothers and sisters, especially those who need our love and those who are unloved and ostracised, those who are in darkness and need the love of God.

Let us all be like Mary in faith and let us all be loving as her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Lord guide us all and may He give us the strength to live our lives faithfully from now on, to the end of time. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of All Saints, Queen of Angels, our Mother and Queen, pray for us! Amen.

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