Why Do We Need A Mother in Heaven?

Crowned statue of the virgin Mary carrying a child with a diffused vegetation background

What job has the Trinity given Mary that God will not do?  The Trinity respects our free will but God also respects authority.  We need to ask God to intervene.  But a mother is always seeking necessities and benefits for her children that they might not even realize that they need. As a mother that is her primary job and God has set mothers in authority over their children.

From the Cross, Jesus gave His mother to the beloved disciple and the beloved disciple to His mother.  We are free to disregard that relationship and many Christians do, but she takes seriously the responsibility that Jesus gave to her.  Her care for us however is not motivated by duty but from love of God and love of His children.

God wants and desires for us to approach Him freely and ask for what we need.  He desires that we have a personal relationship with Him. God wants us to ask the Holy Spirit to intercede for us. But because His children often don’t, God created mothers both earthly and heavenly who pray and intercede for their children both day and night until they are safely in the kingdom.

Today we celebrate both her motherhood and her Queenship.  They are integrally related. In the courts of Judah, the king’s mother was always the queen because the king could have countless wives from many different countries.  Jealousies and conflicted loyalties could rip a country apart. There was only one mother and her loyalty was clear.

King David loved his wife Bathsheba yet still she approached him with great humility.  The same is true of Esther who risked death to approach her husband the King without permission.  Both women successfully prevailed upon their husbands but look at how differently Solomon treated Bathsheba his mother.

Bathsheba, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris Portal of St. Anne

So Bathshe’ba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adoni’jah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right.  Then she said, “I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you.”

Actually, Solomon did go on to refuse her because Adoni’jah had deceived her regarding his intentions.  Which just shows that God is not going to grant anything harmful regardless of who does the asking.  The title and role of the queen mother was set and every king of Judah afterwards had one.  When Mary went to visit Elizabeth, the older women exclaimed, “Who am I that the mother of my Lord should visit me?” She was using that title.  The Holy Spirit had let her know that within Mary’s womb was the long awaited Son of David who would assume the eternal throne.

Mary held the title Mother of my Lord, because of her son.  The queen shared in the titles of her son. Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth because her Son is the King of Heaven and Earth. To deny the mother the title was to deny that her son had that authority.

Today let us celebrate that God has given us a such a powerful intercessor in heaven.  One whose loyalty to her Son is complete and whose love of us mirrors her Son’s.  Mothers join your prayers to hers for your children who are far from God.  Mary seek for us your heavenly children the graces that we need but don’t know enough to ask for.  Thank the Lord for giving us a mother in heaven as well as our mothers on earth.

Referenced scriptures: 1 Kings 1:11-21,2:19-25, Esther 4, Luke 1;39

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The Water Above Meet the Water Below–The Baptism of Christ

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On the second day of Creation, God created the waters above and the waters below.  The waters above were the heavens and there was a barrier placed between it and the earth.  The waters below were the abyss.  There the unrighteous of Noah’s day and Pharaoh’s soldiers were consigned.  The prophets saw the forces of darkness as monsters arising from the deep. Those waters represented mortal and spiritual peril as well as judgment and death.

The second day of creation was the only day God did not call good.  God does not desire man to be separated from Him.  This day just visually represented the world before Jesus. It also laid the framework for a deeper understanding of Jesus’ Baptism.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

Baptism of Jesus

At His baptism, Jesus entered the waters below as He would later enter into suffering and death itself.   He rose from the waters, as He rose from the dead.  The heavens opened!  The barrier to man was gone, as Jesus later proved when He ascended into heaven.  A dove descended prefiguring Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon those in the upper room.  Finally, the Father said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,”  foreshadowing Christ’s enthronement at the right hand of His Father in heaven.

Baptism opens the doors of heaven to us as well.  St. Paul says that we enter into His death at Baptism so we might rise with Him.  We are filled with the Holy Spirit here on earth, so that we might receive our crown of righteousness in heaven. Then God will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.  Amen.

Scriptures referenced: Gen. 1: 6-8, Gen. 7:11, Ex. 14:26, Dan 7:3, Romans 6:3, Matt. 25:23

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The Transfiguration – The Passing of the Torch

There were six authority figures at the top of Mt. Tabor and one in the heavens during the Transfiguration.  Moses and Elijah, both of whom had mountaintop experiences with God during the Old Testament, stood transfigured with Jesus Christ.  Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets; both shone with a heavenly light. After the Father’s voice came from the cloud, “This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;  listen to Him,”  only Jesus remained.

The internal painting of the church of St. Anne, an illustration of the Transfiguration. The author - Ivan Protsiv.
The internal painting of the church of St. Anne, an illustration of the Transfiguration. The author – Ivan Protsiv.

Both the Law and the Prophets were anointed by God, but Jesus stands apart as the Father’s only begotten Son.  The Old Testament’s role was to testify to Him.

What of those other figures present: Peter, James and John?  These men were having their mountaintop experience right then.  Later they became the leaders of the New Testament church and their job was also to testify to Christ.

Jesus, who has dominion over all of heaven and earth, gave the Keys of the Kingdom to Peter.  Jesus is present in those called to Kingdom authority. We see them in their human un-transfigured state much the same way the Israelites viewed Moses and Elijah.  For those unfamiliar with their stories, both were driven to beg God for death rather than continue to deal with the Israelites.  God wisely strengthened them instead.

James was the first of the apostles to face martyrdom.  The sacrifice of Jesus is present whenever anyone in the Body of Christ dies for the faith.  As Jesus told St. Paul, “Why do you persecute me?”

Finally, there was John, the contemplative.  He saw not the birth of a child but the Word of God present from before creation being made flesh and dwelling among us.  Jesus still speaks through His saints both present and past.

If you wish you could experience Jesus, He is still here in an un-transfigured state.  He still governs through His authorities, He still is sacrificed with His martyrs, and He is still speaking through His scriptures and through His saints.

When we get to heaven we will see others the same way Peter, James and John saw Moses and Elijah.  We will also see ourselves in a new light.  Our testimony will be united with all of theirs that Jesus is the Father’s  beloved Son.  “Listen to Him.”

Scripture referenced: Matt 17:1-9, Ex. 33:17-23, Num.11:11-15, 1 Kings 19:1-16, Acts 9:4

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Let There Be Light — The Coming of Christ

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Each day of creation prefigures a specific event in the life of Christ.  Those seven days take us from the moment of His conception to His death on Calvary and hit all the major milestones in-between. The scriptures were preparing the world for Jesus Christ from the very first chapter.

The first thing to note about the creation of light is that is was present before the sun, the moon and the stars.  This light was not solar.  This first created light is present in all things.  Burn a match and you see the heat and light stored within.  Split an atom and you see the unbelievable power, light, heat and radiation contained within something so small we cannot see it.  God enrobed all of that energy in physical matter. It became the living tree that later became the match.  All of creation gives testimony to the awe-inspiring God who was able to take all of that power, light and radiation and safely contain it in a single atom.

That light and energy is not God, but in the same way, Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, took His Divinity and placed it within a single ovum within the womb of Mary.  God entered into His creation.  He became flesh and dwelt among us.  John spoke eloquently about this mystery.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us… John 1:1-5,14

But all is not light! In the second part of the first day God separated the light from the darkness, calling the light “day” and the darkness “night”. Once Jesus came into the world, people had a choice to believe Him or not to believe Him, to follow Him or not to follow Him.  Jesus said that He did not come to condemn the world but to save it. He then proceeded to speak of this separation between light and darkness.

Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he had not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God. John 3:18-21

Many of us would like to stay in a twilight believing in the man Jesus but not the God within. That half-light will either lead us into the darkness of night or into the light of day.  Pray, always asking God to show you the truth. Tell Him that you do not want to be deceived.  Twilight and birdsong are such fleeting periods of time.  Coming into the full light of day exposes you for who you are–a beloved sinner, not condemned but redeemed.

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