Mary of the Month (November 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Here is an image of the Coronation of Mary, from the mosaic of the apse at St. Mary Major in Rome. Since November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, I thought it would be nice to start the month with Mary, Queen of the Saints. This piece is done in the classic Byzantine style, which does not show Mary on her own throne but sharing space on the throne of Christ. We should remember that Mary is not queen in her own right, but only because Jesus has shared His kingdom with her.

November 20th ends the year with the Feast of Christ the King, and the Sundays leading up to it are full of Biblical allusions to the kingdom of God. We might wonder how Jesus can be king if the Father is king, but this is our human way of thinking which is rooted in competition with one another. The Father gives everything to the Son, and the Son gives everything to the Father, so there is nothing one has that the other does not have.

Jesus, and the Father, want to share the kingdom with us human beings, and the coronation of Mary should reminds us of this truth. The way God shares His kingdom is like this: Jesus makes space beside Himself on the cross, and if we join Him on the cross, then we can also join Him on the throne. Mary, by standing near her Son as He hung on the cross, won the right to sit near Him in Heaven. If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12).