Posted by: frburke23 | August 22, 2016

Thought for August 22 – Queenship of Mary

Matthew 23:13-22
 
Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men.
You do not enter yourselves,
nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You traverse sea and land to make one convert,
and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna
twice as much as yourselves.
“Woe to you, blind guides, who say,
‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing,
but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’
Blind fools, which is greater, the gold,
or the temple that made the gold sacred?
And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing,
but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’
You blind ones, which is greater, the gift,
or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it;
one who swears by the temple swears by it
and by him who dwells in it;
one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God
and by him who is seated on it.”
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Today the Church honors the Queenship of Mary. Celebrating the Queenship of Mary is natural after we celebrated her assumption into heaven one week ago. Elizabeth calls Mary, “the mother of my Lord.” (Luke 1:43) Mary is the mother of Jesus, the King of the Universe. Thus, today we celebrate Mary as Queen of heaven and earth.
 
In today’s Gospel, Jesus challenges the religious leaders of the time with some harsh words. He uses words such as “hypocrites”, “blind guides” and “blind fools” to describe them. Instead of leading others closer to God, they were leading them into “Gehenna”. And they would be held responsible for their actions.
 
It doesn’t matter if we are bishops, priests, deacons, lay faithful – we are all called to serve, to love and to lay down our lives for others. Just because we have an official role in the Church doesn’t mean that we have a free trip to heaven. In fact, more will be expected of those whom the Lord has given much. Each one of us is going to be held accountable for how we live out our life based on our own vocation and state in life.
 
Let us pray for those who have been called to leadership in the Church. The evil one is constantly trying to lead us astray so that we cannot do the Lord’s work. But this is true for each one of us. The closer we try to follow Jesus, the more we should expect spiritual battles. The evil one lures people with offers of power, wealth, honor and pleasure. At the same time, if we stay close to Jesus and follow His way of humility and surrender, God will protect us and guide us.
 
How am I called to lead others closer to Christ?
Do I ask others to do things I am not willing to do?
 
Lord give each one of us the grace to be faithful to you. Help us to be faithful witnesses to your love and mercy in the world. Our Blessed Mother showed us how to follow Jesus unreservedly. She led mainly by her quiet example.
 
Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, pray for us.
God bless,
Fr. Burke

Responses

  1. Always an inspiration.  Thank you, Fr. Burke.  In prayer For Life, Rita Sisko

    From: Fr. Burke Masters To: rita_sisko@yahoo.com Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2016 10:00 PM Subject: [New post] Thought for August 22 – Queenship of Mary #yiv1573101454 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv1573101454 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv1573101454 a.yiv1573101454primaryactionlink:link, #yiv1573101454 a.yiv1573101454primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv1573101454 a.yiv1573101454primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv1573101454 a.yiv1573101454primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv1573101454 WordPress.com | frburke23 posted: “Matthew 23:13-22 Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You lock the Kingdom of heaven before men.You do not enter yourselves,nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.” | |


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