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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