Is 9:2-7, Luke 1:26-38.


Good morning dearest in the Lord and Happy weekend! I wish u all a restful and fun-filled days off work! As we celebrate the QUEENSHIP OF MAMA MARIA TODAY, the gospel passage provokes our thoughts and then makes us understand the need for this CORONATION OF THE QUEEN-MOTHER! The Angel came and said to Mary: DO NOT BE AFRAID MARY, FOR YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOUR WITH GOD. YOU WILL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON IN YOUR WOMB, AND YOU SHALL CALL HIM JESUS. Disturbed by these strange saying, Mary asked like I would have done if in her shoes: BUT HOW CAN THIS COME ABOUT, SINCE I DO NOT KNOW MAN (Virgin)? And in response, the Angel even pours fuel inside fire by saying: THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU, AND THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL OVERSHADOW YOU…!

Please, where on earth has it been heard, that the Holy Spirit impregnated a woman? Besides, the consequences of getting pregnant outside marriage for the Jews was grave (Death). Now, please if you are a married man reading this, can you respond to this: Supposing you went on a business trip for a year, and you know you didn’t touch your wife before going. Now, on your return, you find her 8-9 months heavily pregnant. And when you ask her: HONEY, WHAT IS THIS? And she says, IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT IS RESPONSIBLE…! Pls WHAT WILL YOU DO???

Brethren, have you ever taken a risk before? Mary, took the highest of all risks by responding: BEHOLD, I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD; LET IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. For taking that decision and accepting that role, she became THE MOTHER OF GOD, THE GREATEST OF HER TITLES AND TREASURES. Hence, the ASSUMPTION OF LAST WEEK (taken up to heaven, body and soul); and today, HER CORONATION AS QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of Apostles, Queen of the Clergy, Queen of our families, Queen of Nigeria, Queen of Peace – Pray for us!

We thank Pope Pius XII, who instituted this feast day in 1954. Beloved in Christ, we have all seen or heard about Queen Elizabeth of England, Kings & Queens of various communities in and outside of Nigeria. They are EARTHLY KINGS AND QUEENS with high privileges of royalty, living in palaces and castles, been watched by paparazzi with high profile weddings, enough wealth to throw around, fancy clothes, crown jewels, rich banquets, respect from all and sundry, etc! Yes, Mary may not have been a Queen by birth, BUT BY GRACE OF GOD AND CONQUEST SHE BECAME A QUEEN. DOES SHE NOT DESERVE A BETTER HONOUR AND RESPECT FROM US? Yes, she deserves it and our best honour to her is: DAILY PRAYING OF THE ROSARY AND DEVOTION TO OUR LADY! WILL YOU PRAY YOUR ROSARY TODAY? WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? WHAT ABOUT EVERY OTHER DAY? IS IT TOO MUCH? Remember, the fish in the river, does not complain of too much water, LET US NEVER BE TIRED OF HONOURING HER. Sing along: Mary must be honoured, must be honoured, must be honoured, Mary must be honoured in my life everyday! Cheers!!!

About the Author: Rev. Fr. Francis Onugha is the Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Lasokun, Apata, Ibadan in Nigeria. He is an avid preacher who passes God’s messages across with practical examples we see in our daily lives. He writes his Daily Chewing Stick to spread God’s word electronically to all.

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