Queen for an eternal day
Mothers have a special place in everyone's heart
By Roger Vanden Busch
READINGS: Is 9:1-6; Lk 1:26-38
"For a child is born to us, a son is given us."
REFLECTION: On Oct. 11, 1954, Pope Pius XII instituted
the feast of the Queenship of Mary to be celebrated throughout the
whole world. We have all heard about mothers being Queen for a Day,
but not for eternity or of the universe! Mary's Queenship
encompasses her Assumption (1950) and her Immaculate Conception
In 1670, a Spanish Marian mystic, Sr. Maria de Jesus de Agreda,
believed Mary had been elevated to the right hand of her Son and
occupied the same throne as the Trinity. Of course, this
perspective caused an uproar among Protestant theologians and
In the reading from Isaiah, darkness finds its answer in a word
of hope. Over the reestablished Davidic kingdom will rule an ideal
king, acclaimed as "wonder-counselor," one whose counsel will
affect his people's wellbeing; a divine warrior. His rule will be
established forever, and its character will be justice for all.
The picture of such a reign of justice is an important element
in the kingship concepts of the Old Testament. The personality of
David becomes embodied in hopes for the future and ideal king. In
Luke's Gospel, we listen to the annunciation of the birth of Jesus
which parallels the annunciation of John's birth.
We are told Mary's child will fulfill the Jewish hope of the
restoration of the Davidic reign. The new kingdom will be eternal.
With God, all things are possible. Mary is subservient to the
divine presence. She accepts the word of God in humble obedience as
the handmaid of the Lord.
RELEVANCE: A small boy sat with his mother in church,
listening to a sermon titled, "What is a Christian?" The minister
punctuated his talk at key intervals by asking, "What is a
Christian?" Each time, he pounded his fist on the pulpit for
At one point, the child whispered, "Momma, do you know? Do you
know what a Christian is?"
"Yes, dear," the mother replied. "Now try to sit still and
As the minister was concluding his sermon, once again he
thundered, "What is a Christian?" The boy jumped up and yelled,
"Tell him, Momma, tell him!"
As we celebrate Mary's Queenship, Jesus stands at God's throne
and says, "Tell him, Momma, tell him!"
RESPONSE: Let us reestablish "Queen for a day" each day
by doing something special for our mothers.
(Vanden Busch, a writer, educator and speaker, is a columnist for Catechist magazine. A compilation of his columns is available at Notre Dame School, De Pere.)