Thursday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Judges 11:29-39 + Matthew 22:1-14
August 19, 2021
“Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Today’s feast of Mary’s Queenship falls one week after the feast of her Assumption. Seven days ago, we celebrated the Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, and today we celebrate the Fifth (Mary being crowned as the Queen of Heaven and earth). These two feasts of Mary are connected, and teach us about who Mary our Mother is. The Assumption and the Queenship of Mary also teach us what being a Christian is about.
When we think back on salvation history, there are many “marvelous deeds” to reflect upon. We might consider the marvel of God parting the Red Sea, or the marvel of the walls of Jericho falling, or indeed the marvelous deeds of Creation that God wrought “in the beginning”.
However, our Christian faith declares that even more marvelous than any of the deeds that God worked in the Old Testament are the marvelous “deeds” who are saints. We might think it a bit odd to consider any human persons as “deeds” of God, but that is what they are: not only because they were created by God, but also because of the redemption and sanctification wrought by God through the Paschal Mystery, and offered through the Church to “all the nations”.
Among all of “God’s marvelous deeds” in all of creation, then, the most marvelous is the Blessed Virgin Mary. We can say of Our Lady what the Church prays in the first Preface of Saints: “Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God… you are praised in the company of your Saints / and, in crowning their merits, you crown your own gifts.”
When we teach little ones about the twenty mysteries of the Rosary, do we teach them that these twenty mysteries are chapters in a single story, and that the Crowning of Our Blessed Mother is the final chapter of this marvelous story? Certainly, all of the “marvelous deeds” of salvation history are ultimately for the Glory of God. At the same time, these marvelous deeds were done for us poor sinners, and this includes the deed of creating, redeeming, and sanctifying so glorious a mother.