I was praying my Rosary earlier this evening before the Blessed Sacrament. And as I contemplated the Fifth Glorious Mystery, which is the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth, I saw something deeper that I hadn’t seen before.
The Coronation is not a mystery that is really about Mary. That I know. Everything the Church teaches and believes about Mary is significant in what it says about Jesus Christ. That Mary, the mother of Jesus, is queen, emphasizes that Jesus is the true King of Israel (see this page for the apologetics on the topic). So it is quite fitting that we should reflect on the Queenship of Mary today, the Solemnity of Christ the King.
But like I said, it was something deeper that I contemplated. The Coronation of Mary is the final act that rightly orders Mary in relation to Christ. That is not to use this statement to deny Mary’s Immaculate Conception and sinless life. Perhaps it is better to say that in this act, there is nothing left to do to bring Mary to the fulfillment of her vocation. She is the mother of God. She is the mother of the King. She is the Queen. Her role is to intercede for her King’s people, for they are her people. She is their advocate. In her fiat and her faithfulness and her complete giving of self to God, she came to the fulfillment of all of God’s promises for her.
And in reflecting on that reality, we are inspired to come to the fulfillment of our vocations as well. We strive to be rightly ordered to Christ, to do and be whatever it is that he has created us for. We must carry our crosses to that end and rejoice in it, and bring glory to God. That is the take away message from this Mystery on this very special day in the Church which emphasizes that Jesus is the center of the universe, which has its entire being in Him. All that matters in our lives and in our choices is that we are cooperating with Jesus to properly order ourselves in relation to him.