Thursday of 20th Week of Ordinary C--The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

All Are Invited to Be Clothed in Christ


In celebrating the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church chose the Gospel reading from Saint Luke portrayed the scene that the angel Gabriel came to announce the great new to Mary saying, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” What a great greeting from the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was chosen by the Lord. The moment she said “yes” to the angel, the moment the Lord was taken flesh in her flesh. Therefore, her Queenship cannot separate from her being the Mother of God that the Church chose today’s Gospel reading.

At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her Queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. Venerable Pius XII established this feast in 1954. Pius XII pointed out that Mary deserved the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.

In today’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” The power of the Most High overshadows her that her son to be born is the Son of God. As Queen of heaven, the Blessed Virgin Mary is inseparable from the title of the Mother of God, have you and I had Christ in our life? The moment that Mary humbled herself to acknowledge her handmaid of the Lord, the Son of God took flesh in her flesh, have you and I learned to humble ourselves to acknowledge that we are the handmaids of the Lord and have faith and entrust into his care? May the Queen of heaven intercede for us in this walk of life.


Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen

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