“The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.” Psalm 45
In the Gospel of Matthew, the author highlights the Adoration of the Magi. They find our Lord Jesus, King of kings, with his mother Mary (Matthew 2.1-12). This image gives way to Mary being the new Gebirah, the Great Lady or Queen Mother. It is a typology of Bathsheba and King Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures (1 Kings 2.19).
Although Pope Pius XIII established this feast on the Church calendar in 1954, Mary’s queenship has roots in the New Testament particularly in the Annunciation as the angel declares that Mary’s Son will rule over the house of David (Luke 1.26-38) and the Visitation with Elizabeth’s declaration “mother of my Lord” (Luke 1.29-45). Jesus’ kingship is closely linked to Mary’s queenship and can be expressed in latin: ubique de ipso – where there is Jesus, there is also Mary.
What’s the point of today’s feast? God’s plan is well crafted! He comes to us in humility and in his divine royalty. Because Mary, a mere creature, shares in such an inheritance, we too, share in such nobility by the adoption Jesus won for us in his Paschal Mystery.
We are sons and daughters of the King and we have Queen whom we serve in the name of Christ; therefore, we belong to a royal family. Our citizenship is more than just being American, Filipino, Mexican, or Italian. We are not bound by this land. We are bound by the covenant so closely knitted to our humanity as heirs to the kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Oakland. Today’s liturgy at Christ the Light Cathedral will be spectacular! Pictures to follow.