THE QUEENSHIP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY-THURSDAY OF THE TWENTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME AUGUST 22,


MASS READINGS FOR THE QUEENSHIP OF THE VIRGIN MARY

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "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. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

REFLECTION: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Mary was the delight of God. She was a mere teenager and she said, "Yes", to God's will. Without Mary there would be no Son of God redeeming us from our due punishment. There would be no salvation.

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary which is seven days after the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Her queenship flows from the kingship of Christ. She is a mighty intercessor in the court of heaven, being the Mother of God.

Let us run to Mary and let her show us the way to her Son. She loves us and has great compassion for our troubles and her goal is to be sure all her children make it to heaven. Have a fault, trouble with sin, lacking in virtues, don't know what to do? Just merely ask the Queen for help.

God Bless


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