Listen to your mother, pay attention to your Queen … Wednesday, January 23

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Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.” Sirach 24:24. There is a well-known position, a position meant especially for the mother of the king. It is not symbolic, it is not honorary. The position is that of Queen Mother. It comes with authority and power. Christ is King and Mary, by the will of God, is Queen Mother. All of the politicians, humble or proud, all of the worlds leaders, weak or powerful, are in no way equal to the Queen. She derives all that she has from the King’s position. Because He is great so is she. No constitution, no law, no amendment, no mandate out ranks her word. That’s because THE Word was made flesh, and that flesh came from her body. Think of how much God loved (and loves) humanity, even in our fallen condition. He loves us so much that He became one of us. He wants a union with us. And Mary, in her being elevated to the position of Queen, her Coronation, is an example of and a very real part of that union. The Church is the Bride of Christ. When it’s all said and done we are to be elevated also. Between now and then we have Mary as a queenly human example, and the best of human examples. I know that Jesus, God manifest in the flesh, was and is fully human as well. But in Mary we have one that, for me anyway, is so easy to identify with because she was and is so very human. I don’t mean “only” human as though she is just one more human amongst billions. She is special and I dealt with that specialness a few posts back.  But as Queen Mother she, as a very fully human mother like any other who gave birth in love, gave birth to “fair love” because God IS love. She is the mother of “fear”, not the quake-in-your-boots kind of fear, but the fear of disappointing the One you love the most. It’s the ultimate in respect for God. She gave birth to “knowledge”. To know Jesus is to know (knowledge) the Way and the Truth and the Life. He said to “Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart.” Matthew 11:29. Mary our Queen sets an example of this learning for us. Study her life. You’ll learn of Him when you learn from her. Mary, Queen Mother of our “holy hope”, which hope is found in her Son. The Son loves us an awful lot. He must. Look at the Queen He set over us. And make no mistake about it, she is a REAL Queen with REAL power. And her Son expects us to treat her as such. We are obligated, as Christians, to show respect for our Queen, to listen to our mother.

Today … St. Barnard. A Benedictine archbishop, founder and member of the court of Charlemagne. Do you think he understood the position of royalty, of the queen? He was born in the Frene province of Lyonnais, in 777, and was educated at court. He received his education surrounded by royalty. Do you think this had an effect on his learning process? He became a Benedictine and restored Ambronay Abbey, becoming abbot of the monks. In 810, Barnard was made the archbishop of Vienne, France, where he founded Romans Abbey in 837. As an archbishop, as a prince of the Church, do you think he ever interacted with the worlds royalty? He died there in Vienne. He was canonized in 1907. This saint helped found a Royal Court. He was a part of it. Put yourself in his place for a minute. Do you think he had respect for the King? Sure he did. He worked for the king. Now how do you think he acted towards the King’s mother at court, and away from court? Now let’s go do likewise.

A Royal thought … “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” Aristotle.
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