The Queen Mother

Mary is the first disciple. In St. Ignatius’ “Call of the Kingdom,” Jesus asks his would-be followers to follow him in suffering, and so follow him in glory. This is precisely what Mary did in her life. Her status as a woman in Jewish society was low, but she allowed the Spirit to lead her, beginning at the Annunciation, and her whole life unfolded as a series of unfathomable events.

She gives birth in a stable, becomes a refugee when Herod goes after her infant son, is puzzled at Simeon’s words in the temple and Jesus’ own words after he is found there; she journeys with her son despite not understanding everything, and she ends up at the foot of the cross. This is not about having trials in life. It is a lifetime of trials; yet Mary remained steadfast in the hope that God’s promise to her would be fulfilled.

So when Jesus is raised from the dead, is it any wonder that he appears to his mother so that she can also share in his glory, she who has shared so much of his suffering? This is the meaning of Mary’s queenship. She is our model of discipleship and hope.

If we follow Jesus in his life, death, and resurrection; if we allow the Spirit to work in us; then we shall have a share in the glory that God has reserved for those who love him.

  • Laura K.

    Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene at the tomb, not his mother. Our Lady wasn’t at the tomb.

  • JamesIgnatius

    Laura, I do not believe the author was referring to His appearance on Sunday morning, but in a subsequent one in the company of Christ’s disciples.

  • waynergf

    Yes, JamesIgnatius, I understood the reference to Jesus’ appearance to Mary that way, too.

    Can you tell us where in the New Testament it explicitly mentions Jesus’ appearing to Mary? I can’t recall ever reading that. [...but I've been wrong before... :-) ]

  • sub

    Jesus appearing to his Mother is not documented anywhere in the New Testament. It’s assumed by tradition that he did so, but not documented anywhere in the NT. She always submitted to God’s will for her, in supporting Jesus’ mission on earth. So, IMHO, it’s no wonder that there is no Gospel documentation of it, as it would be more of an anecdotal story, rather than a story with direct bearing on His mission to found the Catholic Church through the Apostles, after his resurrection. Sure is fun to speculate about his visit to his Mom after rising from the dead though!

  • waynergf

    Thanks, sub – that’s what I thought but wanted to check my “Bible knowledge.” :-) The author of the “Food for Thought” snippet states it so matter-of-factly that I thought I had missed that part of the NT.

  • sub

    U bet wayne! I’m betting he visited his Mother. Hopefully someday I’ll have a chance to let the Gospel authors know that I think that part should have made it in! ;+D

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