077: Next Level Queenship of Mary

Featuring Curtis "the canonical canon" Mitch

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You may think you’ve heard it all when it comes to Mary.

Think again.

I’m betting that my buddy Curtis Mitch is going to lay some new thoughts on you about Our Lady as we continue to celebrate May, the month of Mary, on this episode of the Art of Catholic.

Curtis, as many of you know, has been writing the commentary on the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible for about 20 years. I’ve never met anyone with his depth and breadth of scriptural knowledge.

He’s the perfect guy to turn to when it comes to going next level about Mary.

The truth is, the Virgin Mary is a mystery we’ve yet to fully unpack. Her God-given power and vital role go so far beyond what we can imagine.

But we’re going to start to change that.

In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, Curtis and I will dive into several different texts to discuss:

  • Why “Queen of Heaven” is totally a scriptural title (and not a medieval invention)
  • How the Annunciation in Luke 1 identifies the Queenship of Mary
  • The multiple levels of meaning of the woman “clothed with the sun” in Revelation 12
  • Why the 10th son (not the 1st) of David came to the throne and how his mother is connected to Mary
  • Why Bathsheba was given a throne and how it points to the royal role of Mary
  • How the crucifixion of Christ actually points to Mary’s Queenship

Really understanding how the Queenship of Mary changes everything. Your mother is literally the Queen of Heaven and Earth!

And it’s right out of the Bible itself.

God bless and enjoy this great episode!

Matthew

P.S. I’m heading back to Italy! Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more!

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Other episodes you might enjoy:

06: Bible Basics With John Bergsma

043: (More) New Testament Basics with John Bergsma

054: Understanding Extreme Violence in the Bible with Curtis Mitch

 

Fullest of Grace

How Mary Grew In the Spiritual Life

Oftentimes we think of Our Lady as completely perfect right out of the box, so to speak.

And it’s true.

But that doesn’t mean she didn’t progress in sanctity.

“Wait a minute,” you’re thinking. “Didn’t the Angel Gabriel say she was ‘full of grace’ at the Annunciation?”

Yes, he did.

But St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that she actually grew in grace to the point where she was worthy to be the Mother of God. In other words, while she couldn’t merit the grace for the Incarnation itself, she did merit the title “Theotokos” ​(God-bearer). 

Whoa! How?

Through good works.

Like the rest of us, Mary merited an increase in grace and charity through meritorious action. In other words, every time she performed a good work under the influence of charity, she received an increase in grace.

And can you imagine how many good works Our Lady performed in her life? (Might want to grab a calculator for that one!)

So while she was already in perfect union with God from the first moment of her conception – and possessed amazing amounts of charity and grace – it grew by leaps and bounds.

She was constantly increasing in grace.

Remember, says St. John of the Cross, that she was perfectly in tune with God. She wasn’t attached to anything in this world. She never had any secondary or selfish motives.

Every one of Mary’s movements was made under the impulse of the Holy Spirit. That means that every action gained her more merit. (Maybe Gabriel should have called her “fullest of grace”!)

So while she certainly received special graces and spiritual privilege at various points in her life, she also increased in grace by her daily personal activity.

And it’s the same with us.

We grow in grace by performing good works. We merit an increase in the life of God whenever we act like God.

So while we certainly don’t start out perfect like Our Lady, we can certainly grow in grace just like she did. That’s simply one more reason why Mary is an icon of what you and I are made to be. Ave Maria!

God bless!

Matthew

 

P.S. I’m heading back to Italy!

Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! Check it out here!

 

 

All who have been lost were lost because they did not pray.” St. Alphonsus Liguori.

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Mary’s New Name

Every time we pray a “Hail Mary,” we’re repeating the words of the Angel Gabriel.

Kind of…

The Angel Gabriel never says, “Hail, Mary.” Instead, he says, “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28). In other words, he calls her by a new name.

Just like other figures in salvation history whose name change denotes something about their identity (Abram becomes Abraham – “Great Father”, Jacob becomes Israel “One who reigns with God”, Simon becomes Peter “Rock”), when he calls her “full of grace,” the word he uses is a new name.

He calls her “kecharitomene, “which means, “favored one” or “full of grace.”

That’s an extremely rare word, used only in the Annunciation scene and in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (1:6-7). In Luke, the term is used in the perfect tense. This means that the angel is saying he finds Mary in an already graced state.

She is “full of grace.” There is no lacking in her.

In other words, she has been immaculately conceived without sin.

Before becoming Catholic, I used to get all in a huff about this. “How can God do that? It doesn’t make sense.” And yet I didn’t have any problem with the fact that Eve was created sinless.

I just didn’t consider the fact that the grace of Christ’s death and resurrection can be applied to any place in time that God wants.

Even though Mary was born after Original Sin and before the Cross of Christ, God is inside and outside of space and time. That means he can apply grace anywhere he wants. We get it 2,000 years after the Cross and Resurrection of Christ.

Mary got it at the moment of her conception. She is created sinless. She is the New Eve.

And the same grace that is given to Mary is the same grace given to us. In fact, she has become the conduit of that grace into our lives. God gave us the grace of His Son through Mary. In other words, she is the channel God uses to give us grace.

(This is part of the basis for all Marian devotion. We go back to God the same way He came to us…through Mary. We’re just using the channel he set up!)

And as our Mother in the faith, Mary is trying to conceive in us the same love and devotion to Our Lord that she’s had since first moment of her conception.

So on this Solemnity of the Annunciation, ask Our Lady to open you up to all the grace of God that she wants to pour out upon you. As the Mother of God…and yours…she knows exactly what you need.

Ave Maria!

Matthew

All who have been lost were lost because they did not pray.” St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Don’t be lost! Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! 

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