Mary’s queenship didn’t begin with her heavenly coronation, however. Instead, it began at the Annunciation, when she became the mother of Jesus, whom the archangel Gabriel explained would receive the “throne of David his father” from the Lord. Since David was a king, Jesus is king, which makes Mary a queen, or more specifically, a queen mother.
In ancient days, an Israelite queen mother had great power as an advocate with the king. One of her primary responsibilities was to prepare her son for his royal wedding.
Throughout her life, and especially at the
Preparing Jesus for his wedding was to prepare him for the cross. And it’s in this role that Mary challenges us today- to help those we love to bear their crosses, that they might grow closer to Jesus, their king, and their bridegroom.
(My new book of daily Advent devotions for 2014, the latest installment in The Living Gospel series by Ave Maria Press, is now available: http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Devotions-Advent-Living-Gospel/dp/1594714827/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1407612521&sr=8-2 )