Newsletter for Sunday 22 August 2021

20 Aug

Mary, Queen who will Crush the Head of the Serpent

Today is the octave day of the Assumption and were it not a Sunday we would be celebrating the feast of the Queenship of Our Lady which is actually the completion of her bodily Assumption into Heaven. On the day of her Assumption, Mary our Mother was solemnly crowned by Christ and received by the whole court of Heaven as Queen. And this is not some sentimental thing – it is scriptural. In the reading from Chapter 12 of the Apocalypse we heard in last weekend’s Mass for the Assumption the following was proclaimed:

“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.”

The woman is clearly Mary and she is wearing a crown. Just as JESUS is King and Messiah of the royal house of David, so Mary is Queen (Luke 1:32-33). And this is very Jewish because in ancient Israel the queen was not the king’s wife but his mother, and she was second in rank only to the king himself. In other words, it was the queen mother who reigned alongside the king. We see this in the story of King Solomon (1 Kings 2:19-20), where Solomon rises to meet his mother Bathsheba, bows to her and has a throne brought for her (not his wife) and she sits on his right, meaning she has a share in his authority, and he granted her every request. So Christ the King and Prince of Peace has placed His own Mother upon a heavenly throne, and her intercession is omnipotent – Our Lord can refuse His Mother nothing. And where Christ is King by right and by conquest, Mary is Queen by participating by grace and by participation in that conquest. “The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His name” (Luke 1:49).

So powerful is Mary that even the demons fear her and tremble at her name. This was foretold in the book of Genesis when God said to the serpent after the Fall of Adam and Eve, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (3:15). This is an ongoing battle until the end of time between the serpent’s seed and the offspring of the woman – in other words between Mary and Satan and it will only increase in intensity as the years go by. This is becoming more evident by the day as things in the world become darker and darker with its false ideologies. Our Lady of Fatima foretold this. Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima to whom Our Lady appeared and who became a Carmelite nun said in 1957, “The most holy Virgin has told me that the devil is about to engage in a decisive battle against the Virgin.” In other words the devil wants to delay and even thwart the promised triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The triumph of the Immaculate Heart is the promise of peace under the reign of Christ the King or the restoration of what was once known as ‘Christendom’. The triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is the triumph of Christ the King. Christ must reign in the minds and hearts of the whole of humanity including governments. We pray for it every time we say the Our Father: “Thy kingdom come”. And this will come through the intercession and power of Mary. As the great St Louis de Montfort (1673-1716) once put it; “It was through the most holy Virgin that JESUS came into the world, and it is only through the Virgin that He has to reign in this world”. So let us all take up the most powerful weapon of the holy Rosary and recite it daily to hasten the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Satan knows his days are numbered as he waits for the heel of the Virgin Queen to come down and crush his head. To be crushed by the heel of the humble Virgin of Nazareth, a mere human being, will be far more humiliating for the pride filled Satan than if God were to do it Himself.

Fr Paul Gillham, IC

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