Queenship of Mary

[Scripture Readings: Is 9:1-6; Lk 1:26-38 ]

When Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830, she wanted a medal to be cast, showing rays of light streaming from precious stones on her fingers to people on earth. When Catherine wondered why no rays of light came from some of the precious stones on her fingers, Mary replied, “These are graces for which I am not asked.”1

Mary's love for us is that of a mother. But her power to help us is that of a queen. Not any ordinary queen, but the Queen of heaven and earth, the Mother of God, whose Son is Christ the King. The medal that was cast in Mary's honor became known as the Miraculous Medal because of all the graces and favors received by those who wear it around their necks. What is Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, waiting for us to ask of her?