Praying the Rosary as I walked today, I really felt inspired to think about the mystery of Mary's Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Probably 90% of the times I have prayed this mystery in the past year, I have thought about how each of us are called to persevere in following Jesus and receive the "crown of righteousness" at the end of our lives (2 Tim.4:6).
Today however I really wanted to focus on Mary's experience of receiving not just a crown of righteousness, but of Queenship. And I was immediately struck by how different this Queen is. Most women destined for queenship were born into nobility. From their earliest days they were surrounded by the finest things and taught the ins and outs of high society. The best are taught that royalty bear a responsibility toward the care of their subjects, but those subjects are kept at a distance.
Our Lady, the Queen of queens, is so completely different! She was born into poverty, but with the nobility of a spotless soul. Her training to be queen was much different: She worked side-by-side with the other women of her village throughout her life. She knew the pain of a spouse considering divorce, the ache of widowhood, and the death of a child. And through it all she persisted in saying "Yes," to God, "yes," to whatever He permitted. Instead of resting aloof in glory, she is a Queen accessible to the most sinful and most scorned among us, wrapping her motherly arms around us and lifting us up in prayer to her Son.
She really is a Queen unlike any other, and she has to be - she sits beside a King Who was crowned with thorns.