When praying the Mysteries of Light (aka, Luminous Mysteries) last week on my Rosary walk, I had this “eureka” event where a truth suddenly became as a light in my mind. I love it when these inspirations happen. It’s no wonder that it would happen while praying the Mysteries of Light!
The Mysteries of Light include meditations on five historical and mysterious revelations found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These are:
- Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River;
- Christ’s self-manifestation at the wedding feast of Cana;
- Christ’s call to conversion via his proclamation of the kingdom of God;
- Christ’s Transfiguration; and
- Christ’s institution of the Eucharist as sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery.
Now, when I was praying, I realized a strong connection between the words of Mother Mary at the wedding feast of Cana (Mystery 2.) and the words of God the Father at the Transfiguration (Mystery 4.) At the wedding feast of Cana, where Jesus performs the miracle of turning water into 180 gallons of good wine – at his Mother Mary’s prompting, Mary tells the wait staff, “Do whatever he tells you.” [John 2:5] She states this with an authority which is understated here, yet fully effective.
Likewise, at the Transfiguration, an epiphany where the divinity of Jesus is made evident to the Apostles Peter, James and John, God the Father tells the apostles, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” [Matthew 17:5] Of course, God the Father is gently speaking with authority here.
So, we see here a type of shared authority and will which Mother Mary has with God the Father in regard to their Son, Jesus Christ. With authority and will, they both direct all to follow the commands and counsels of Jesus Christ. Do you see?
Yet many, especially in Protestant Christian circles, and even believing in Sola Scriptura, tend to down play Mary’s role in the kingdom of God. Some say that the Holy Spirit purposefully kept her quiet. Okay. But, God the Father does not speak much either. Yet both command authority over our Lord, Jesus Christ, and both – knowing who Christ is and the power and mission he has – knowledgeably direct our attention to Jesus Christ, and this is certainly scriptural.
It is no wonder that, in her great wisdom and understanding and in light of anti-Catholic resistance, that the Church also formally proclaimed the Queenship of Mary in the encyclical, Ad Caeli Reginam. Even Sacred Scripture refers to Mother Mary as a queen:
A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. [Revelation, 12:1].