Lord Jesus, all things work together for those who love God and are called according to his purpose. Here I am, take everything in me, my faults, my weaknesses, my fears, my shame, my guilt. Transform them Lord and make them new. Mary my Queen, lead me to Jesus, only Jesus and nothing more. Teaching me to love him and reveal him to me.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Reflection 2020-08-22 Saturday 20th Week in Ordinary Time – Queenship of Mary
Last week, we celebrated the Assumption of our Lady and today, we celebrate her Queenship. What does this feast mean? It is proof that God has fulfilled what Mary said when she visited Elizabeth: From now on, all generations will call me blessed. God has crowned her as Queen, not because she is a goddess who is higher than God, but because God wants to show people the glory in store for those who trust him. While the Assumption was a private event, probably witnessed by a few disciples of Jesus. The Queenship of Mary is the public proclamation or proof that our Lady is indeed, assumed to heaven, Body and Soul.
We see then the nature of God’s revelation, everything hidden will be revealed. The Queenship of Mary is the fullness of the revelation of Mary’s Assumption which is the destiny of those who trust God.
In the First Reading Ezekiel said The vision I saw was like the vision that I had seen when he came to destroy the city, and like the vision that I had seen by the river of Chebar, and I fell on my face. The River of Chebar is the setting where this Book begins and where he was called by God. He was already in exile. What Ezekiel saw then is the same one when God came to destroy the city and the same one when God called him. God was present when he destroyed the Temple. He was present when he called Ezekiel. He will be present when he restores the Temple. This vision shows God is present whatever situation we are in: through disaster, through defeat, when God calls us and when God restores us. This is the privilege of those who trust God, that God will be with them whatever their situation in life. Mary’s Queenship proves this, that despite the sufferings she endured, despite the sword that pierced her heart, God was with her every step of the way. And because she trusted God, she received the fullness of God’s promise.
Jesus shows us how we can one day, also have our bodies join our souls in heaven. He warns his disciples to do what the scribes and Pharisees say and not do what they do. Jesus acknowledges their authority for sitting on the chair of Moses. But even if they sit on the chair of Moses, Jesus shows the Pharisees and scribes are frail human beings. Their interpretation of the Law still needed correction. This also shows Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. By fulfilling the Law, Jesus did not change the Law but gave it the right interpretation. Jesus also gave this authority to the Apostles and the successors because they have the mind of Jesus so they can interpret the Law according to the mind of Jesus.
We know their interpretation is right because we know what the Church Fathers taught in the early Church. Anything that does not conform to the consistent teaching of the Church since the time of the Apostles is a wrong interpretation of Scripture and should not be followed. This implies we also need to learn about our faith and we cannot blindly believe anything just because a minister of the Church says so. In cases where these opinions contradict what the Church has taught, we are to reject them and not even to listen to them.
Yet, as we said in the First Reading, God is still in these false teachers but we need to discern carefully everything we hear. Yet, despite their erroneous opinions, God still works through them in the sacraments they celebrate. As long as they use the right form and matter and have the intent of doing it, the sacrament is effective. This is not for their sake, but for the sake of the faithful. The sacraments work, not because of the sanctity of the minister, but because it is Christ, the Great High Priest, who makes the sacrament effective by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Yes, God works in holy ministers. He also works in weak ministers. God is in the good and in the bad.