Pope Francis’ 2017 Beautiful Homily Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (1 January). Must read and meditate.


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    How Mary the Queen of Heaven?

    by Shaila Touchton

    Christ give veneration to Blessed Mother Mary Who gave birth to Him, raised Him and protected Him in the days of His childhood as a Mother. God the Father chose Her, God the Holy Spirit descended upon Her, and God the Son dwelt in Her. Jesus as a son to her submitted to Her in the days of His childhood, was concerned for Her when hanging on the Cross then should not everyone who confesses the Holy Trinity venerate Her?
    Mary as the Queen of Heaven is tied in with the Old Testament. In Scripture, Queens were referred to mothers of the Kings, not the wives. Because the King had many wives it was impossible for one to be Queen. Therefore, the King’s mother served in the role.
    The Queen Mother sat on a throne at the King’s right hand and helped rule the kingdom. Access to the King would often be through the Queen Mother and she would ask favors from the King for those who asked her. You can see an example of this in I Kings 2: 17-25 where Solomon is on the throne next to his mother Bathsheba. That honor was reserved for the mother of the King, whose authority far surpassed the many “queens” married to the king.
    Solomon is David’s son so, this establishes the analogy of the Queen Mother in the Kingdom of David. We know that Jesus is the Son of David and that he inherits the throne of his father David. His role as such is announced by the angel Gabriel from God Most High. the “Kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven” which Jesus talks about all the time is also the Kingdom of his father David. Jesus is the King who’s kingdom will never end. If He is the “Kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven… also the Kingdom of his father David and since the kingdom of Jesus never ends then being a Mother of Jesus she is a Queen of Heaven because her son is king of eternal kingdom and she as a Mother queen of eternal Kingdom.
    Kingdom ruled by God is the same as the Kingdom ruled eternally by the Son of David. It is not an earthly kingdom, though it is present on earth in the Church, but a heavenly kingdom is the Kingdom of God. The Queen of that Kingdom is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Lord God Jesus Christ. (Psalm 45:6-11)
    When we examine Revelation 12 where “a great sign is given”… we see the woman who is the mother of the child who will rule the whole earth with a rod of iron. She is crowned with stars and with the moon under her feet.
    A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant…She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”
    Who else could this be? Clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head who is it? Is it not the Queen of Heaven? She is the Virgin Mary which is very clear evidence who gave birth to the male child who is the King of Kings.
    Almost every time a new king is introduced in 1 and 2 Kings, the king’s mother is mentioned. She was a member of the royal court, wore a crown, sat on a throne, and shared in the king’s reign (2 Kings 24:12, 15; Jer. 13:18–20). She acted as counselor to her son (Prov. 31), an advocate of the people, and as an intercessor for the citizens of the kingdom (1 Kings 2:17–20). Since Jesus is a King based on the order of David, it makes sense that His mother would be called Queen.
    Psalm 45 depicts Christ as King and at his side is a Queen.The prophecy describes Mary in very grand terms pointing to her royal status. She wears a royal crown pointing to the 12 tribes or to the 12 apostles symbolizing her queen ship in the new kingdom. The moon under her feet represents her dominion and victory over her enemies. Then finally clothed with the sun. This is an important woman! This is the Queen of Heaven!
    As we seen Revelation 12:1 ,Mary here is wearing a Crown of Twelve Stars. As we saw in Joseph’s dream, the stars are a symbol of Israel. Mary is wearing the Crown of Israel. However, the New Israel is the people of the Church, the Kingdom of Heaven.
    Jesus says in John 18-36 like this Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world the “Kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven” which Jesus talks about all the time is also the Kingdom of his father David. Jesus is the King who’s kingdom will never end.

    The kingdom of New Israel is the kingdom of heaven. Thus, Mary is here presented as wearing the Crown of New Israel- she is the Queen of Heaven. Jesus Christ is the King of Heaven. His Mother, therefore is rightfully given the title of, the Queen of Heaven. 1 Kings 15:9-13 and Jeremiah 13:18 speaks of Queen Mothers as well.

    But the birth of God from the Ever-Virgin was a stumbling stone for those who wished to call themselves Christians but did not wish to humble themselves in mind and be zealous for purity of life. The pure life of Mary was a reproach for those who were impure also in their thoughts. So as to show themselves Christians, they did not dare to deny that Christ was born of a Virgin.
    The Most Pure Mother of God was glorified with special honor in heaven and on earth, and She, even in the days of the mocking of the holy Icons, manifested through them so many wondrous miracles that even today we remember them with contrition. The hymn “In Thee All Creation Rejoices, 0 Thou Who Art Full of Grace,” and the Icon of the Three Hands remind us of the healing of St. John Damascene before this Icon; the depiction of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God reminds us of the miraculous deliverance from enemies by this Icon, which had been thrown in the sea by a widow who was unable to save it.
    Mary in Rev 11-12 described as queen coming from heaven crowned with sun taking part in the act of destroying the devil during end times. In Rev 12:9 the dragon which is ancient serpent is same as with Genesis 3:15.We see Blessed Mary can be seen to strike the serpents head in her role as a figure of the church. Mary is the Heavenly Queen Mother because her son Jesus is the Heavenly King. Jesus is going to crush Satan through Mary.
    St John Damascene said “To be devoted to thee,O holy Virgin,is an arm of salvation which God gives to those whom He wishes to save.


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