Gospel Reflection Tuesday 20th Week Ordinary Time (22 August) – Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Matthew (19: 23-30) in which Jesus tells his disciples ‘For God everything is possible.’ Afterwards, Fr Paul shares a little about feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Mary, which we celebrate today. Fr Paul says the doctrine of the Assumption was proclaimed in 1951, and last week we celebrated the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15 August. As was normal for the greater feasts in the life of the Church, the celebration of the Assumption went for a week afterwards. Today’s memorial of Our Lady, Mother and Queen, marks the conclusion of that period of celebration. Today we remember that the Blessed Virgin reigns in heaven together with her Son. She reigns not because she is in any way equal to God but because she is the mother of Christ the King. Her privileges come from her willingly agreeing to become the Mother of God and so as to make our redemption possible. So today as we celebrate, Fr Paul invites us to join in him praying: Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.