QUEEN OF PEACE

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

            One of the many things lacking in our world is peace. Peace is not just the absence of physical war. There are all sorts of battles that rage in all sorts of arenas of human life: There are psychological battles being fought in relationships –families and communities. There are economic battles between the rich and the poor, or between government corporations and private companies. There are class struggles between capitalists and workers. We have to see the feast we’re celebrating today within this context –or against the background of the lack of peace in our society.

            We’re celebrating today the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. One of my favorite titles for Mary is: Mary Queen of Peace. Mary is Queen of Peace precisely because she was totally victorious in her battle with sin. By the grace of God, she kept her life pure and undefiled. We can look to her as an example of what peace truly is.

            Within ourselves, we need to call upon the grace of God to bring us a greater place of freedom from the raging battles of sin so as to enter more fully into the life of peace that God desires for each one of us. The fundamental peace that God can bring to our lives is the freedom to be who we were created to be in the first place. (Steve Tynan) That is why the most basic response to God’s will needs to be one of obedience. It is in obedience to God’s will that Mary found her greatest peace.

            This is not surprising if we think about it carefully. If we know for sure, or at least we are sure as we can be, that what we are doing with our lives is exactly what God wants us to do, then we will be at perfect peace with ourselves. What could possibly upset that sort of peace? Nothing! Mary’s obedience to the Father is the foundation of the peace in our lives. And we can say with absolute certainty that it is our giving in to sin that is at the root of our restlessness of life. That is why St. Augustine is absolutely right in saying: “Lord, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

            Another point that must be emphasized is that Mary is not the source of her own glory, just as the Christian is not the source of his or her own. All of us, including Mary, are mere pointers to God in whom all glory and honor lies. Mary’s Queenship consists not in the fact that she is honored in herself, but because in honoring her, we honor Jesus her Son and regard him as the Lord and Ruler of our lives.

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