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David’s Kingship Enters the Divine Reign

mary.mother.of.jesus.01Because Jesus is the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, he joins the kingship of David to his divine kingship. Mary is the vehicle of this union. Now the kingdom of God will begin to break into the world. We see something of this kingdom in the Church. We speak of Mary as the Mother of the Church. She is also envisioned as one crowned among the saints since she is the Queen Mother. Her “fiat” or yes to God continues in her maternal role for the Church, a nation of prophets and a royal priesthood. As I have often preached, every citizen of the Church or kingdom is more than a subject, but a member of the divine royal family.

Mary is the embodiment of Christ’s kingdom and symbolizes the clash between the values of the world and those of our Lord and his brethren. Earthly kingdoms exploit their subjects for power and profit. But Mary is all about humility and poverty in spirit. Her great treasure is Jesus and she would have us both imitate our Lord and see her Son in all our brothers and sisters. She is the Mother of the Gospel of Life, urging us to defend human dignity and rights. Jesus went out to the poor, the sick, the suffering and the marginalized. Like Jesus and Mary, we must be the voice for the forgotten who have no voice of their own.

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  1. Hi Father Joe! Thank you for sharing! God Bless! Angelo

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