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Her queenship points to our identity

23 Aug 2019, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Mater Dei

The Catholic Church teaches and celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary’s queen-ship, which flows from the kingship of Jesus Christ. This certainly provokes the spirit of protest in many none Catholics who reject and insist on the doctrine’s none biblical nature. Mary is the Mother and not the wife of Jesus after all, they say.  But in many apologetics, references are made to King Solomon, who made his mother Bathsheba a queen in place of his wives. Bathsheba shared in the glory of her son just as Mary shares the glory of her own Son in heaven. Juxtaposing these two kings and queens only reveals differences in rank, for Solomon was an earthly king, and so was his mother’s queen-ship. But for Jesus, he said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (Jn. 18:36), and so is the queen-ship of Mary, his Mother. He is the Lord of Lords, and she is the queen of queens.

My focus is actually not on this established truth of our faith but on what it says about ourselves. Since Mary’s queen-ship flows from the kingship of Jesus, her Son, what then flows to us through the same Jesus? He is the only Son of God (He is also God), “But to all who receives him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God…” Jn. 1:12. As believers, therefore, we are children of God, and if children as St. Paul puts it, we are heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). So, as brothers and sisters of the King, we are, therefore, princes and princesses of the kingdom; that is what we are by the grace of God. The arguments about Mary’s queen-ship are so unnecessary, the energy and time spent on such arguments should be re-directed and focus on living like princes and princesses as Mary did.

Faith, humility, and submissiveness define the hallmark of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s life; her life serves as a shining example of how to live like princes and princesses of the kingdom of God.

Therefore, the Church does not call us to argue about our faith, but to live it out like a light shining in the darkness. We not only proudly celebrate the queen-ship of Mary; it also points to our true identity in God. \lsdloc