queen Mary: a force to be reckoned with
Updated: May 16
Mary is Queen.
no, not Beyoncé — Mary.
She was chosen to house Jesus.
Chosen to love Jesus forever and always.
Chosen to care for Jesus in His needs.
Thankfully, Mary is not a “Karen.”
Jesus could have grown from a bush, the underground, the sea could have spit Him up out of a whale. He could have been born into a lofty family with political power or something. Nah, God chose a humble and radiant woman to birth Him and care for Him.
She brought Jesus into the world fully aware that her Son would be the reason for fights among friends, nations, and people wrestling real faith. Yet in our ignorance, faithlessness, narrow mindedness, and sinfulness, she laughs and brings Jesus to us.
Heck, she asked Jesus to bless up a wedding with “more wine” so she ain’t going to leave us hanging.
“Be it done.” She said to the angel.
Not merely a passive acceptance, or a faint ‘yes’ as if to say, “hehe,okay, let’s give this a try!”
Mary did not know the words, “let’s see what happens!”
She was determined, knew what was at stake, and said ‘yes.’” —Pope Francis, Christus Vivit
hehe added for emphasis
Tell me again, who is Queen if it’s not Mary.
One of the best prayers to pray to Mary is the Hail Holy Queen. Under it she is titled, “Mother of Mercy.” Oh how I love a momma filled with hugs and mercy.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
“To you do we send up our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this valley of tears.”
Life is a valley of tears.
Life is a valley of tears.
I said it twice, I’ll say it again,
Life. Is. A. Valley. Of. Tears.
You won’t have years without weeping. Tears are not bad, tears are proof something is not right. Tears are the unrest in our soul that speaks, “this can’t be all there is.”
Tears are proof God consoles us on an interior, quiet whisper level. Tears are reminders that we won’t reach perfection here on Earth, perfection is elsewhere, perfection is a person we can befriend. Tears are releasing little drops of purification, cleaning out the tender hearts we have.
Everyone likes to plaster “Life is Good” on their foreheads and billboards.. but Life sucks. Pandemics suck. Death sucks. Workplace environments often suck. Relationships ending or growing cold sucks. But God, God is GOOD.
Mary didn't say 'yes' to God and then have all these glorious events happen. She said yes to God and then birthed Jesus in a cave, had to fly out to Egypt cause Herod wanted to kill all the newborn babies. Then she went back to Nazareth and had no money. Then her husband died. Then her son got lost in Jerusalem and had to travel 3 days to get back to where he was (no cars!). She watched her son be betrayed, stalked, and later perish. She wondered where He was most nights... She didn’t have FaceTime or a Text to comfort the lonely nights.
Had she known this... would she have said yes?
Well, she kept saying yes, so that's all that matters. This is what Mary chose everyday: a yes to God. How hard that is... How meaningful that is...
Mary, being a queen, did not live a lavish life with grapes being fed to her at her side. She didn’t buy the boujee clothes and eat her kale chips on the beach. She didn't record her exercise videos and show off her body. She didn't send everyone her morning routine, or tips to help her kids eat apples. She didn’t lament and wonder when her next vacation would be. She did not wonder what happiness existed outside of her circumstances. She relentlessly fought for love, for God’s glory... For His immense Goodness.. by letting Him radiate all His Goodness in her.
Like the role of Queen in a chess game, queens are not queens for their perfection, they are queens for their ability to move in any direction with power.
Jesus walked this valley of tears.
Mary wept in this valley of tears.
so listen, kids, if Jesus and Mary both experienced this valley of tears, we will too.
Death perturbed Him
Injustice sickened Him
Impurity saddened Him
Greed angered Him
Betrayal mocked Him
Evil sickened Him.
And others made a fool of Him.
But their steps, body language, smile, peace, strength, compassion, faith and joy disturbed the valley of tears. The valley of tears remained a valley of tears, but Jesus and Mary did not let their feelings from it become their belief about God, or new truth.
“Turn then, o most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile... show us the blessed Jesus.”
Meet the Author:
Shannon Donnelly is an energetic family girl who loves the Lord. She serves ministry in Philly and works closely to young girls and Theology of the Body. Shannon writes, prays, reads, and gets her fitness on in her free time. She has a podcast that you can listen to here: anchor.fm/moregoodness