August 22, 2015
On August 15th, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. On August 22nd, the octave day of the feast of the Assumption, the celebration of the Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that in heaven there is still work to do: the work of love. Mary is doing the work of love in heaven as Queen, as Mother.
The Queen Mother helps in the governance of the kingdom by intercession. In the Old Testament, we read that in the Kingdom of Judah, the Queen Mother sat at the right hand of the king. From 1 Kings, we hear, “Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, and the king stood up to meet her and paid her homage. Then he sat down upon his throne, and a throne was provided for the king’s mother, who sat at his right. She said, “There is one small favor I would ask of you. Do not refuse me.” The king said to her, “Ask it, my mother, for I will not refuse you” (2:19-20).
There is both great majesty and intimate closeness between Solomon, the son of David, and his mother Bathsheba. What majesty and what closeness there is between Jesus, the son of David, and his mother Mary! The Son of God, humbles himself and becomes man through Mary! Jesus, the King, honors his mother the Queen, and also invites us to take Mary into every aspect of our life (see Jn 19:26-27).
We can turn to Mary and speak to her from our heart. She works in love, interceding on our behalf, to help us simply be ourselves with her Son. We don’t have to pretend to be someone else in the presence of our Lord and King. With Mary the Queen Mother taking our hand, Jesus, the Son of God rises from his throne, greets us and washes our feet. Mary helps to bring us to Jesus even if we might not feel worthy to come to him. She invites us to trust him and to do whatever he tells us (see Jn 2:5).
We are grateful in a particular way for Mary’s love for Visitation of Our Lady school. Over these last 50 years, she has made haste to lead all Visitation students to Jesus and to receive Christ the King into their hearts (see Lk 1:39-56). We invite Mary, our Queen and our Mother, to help us continue to entrust our lives and our hearts to Jesus. Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, pray for us.