In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, and the twentieth of Matthew’s, we read about the mother of James and John wanting her sons to sit at the right and left (places of honor) of Jesus in His Kingdom to come. And Jesus’ response, “… it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
The Feast of Christ the King is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Every event in the life of Christ that we commemorate throughout the year beginning with the first Sunday of Advent is culminated with the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. But one cannot think of the Son without also thinking of the Mother who’s ‘Fiat’ brought Him into the world.
Even a casual observer entering a Catholic Church will notice that, in most of all of them, the Virgin Mary’s altar is to the right of the main altar facing out, and Saint Joseph’s is, traditionally, on the left.
This placement of the Virgin Mary to the right of her Son is both common and appropriate, and substantiated by Scripture.
“Then the King’s mother came to her son, King Solomon, to speak to him…and the King arose to meet her, and bowed to her, and sat down upon his throne: and a throne was set for the King’s mother, and she sat on his right hand.” 1Kings 2:19
The images of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary are favorites in Catholic homes. Properly hung, the image of Mary goes on the left with her hand pointing to her Son who is on the right, and up a little, pointing to His Heavenly Father.
For a thorough understanding of Mary, the Mother of God, and her central importance in the Christian Faith there is none better than Scott Hahn, who illuminates a fresh and enlightening perspective on Mary.
In The Lamb’s Supper, Hahn explored the relationship between the Book of Revelation and the Roman Catholic Mass, deftly clarifying the most subtle of theological points with analogies and anecdotes from everyday life. In Hail, Holy Queen, he employs the same accessible, entertaining style to demonstrate Mary’s essential role in Christianity’s redemptive message.
Most Christians know that the life of Jesus is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament. Through a close examination of the Bible, as well as the work of both Catholic and Protestant scholars and clergy, Hahn brings to light the small but significant details showing that just as Jesus is the “New Adam,” so Mary is the “New Eve.” He unveils the Marian mystery at the heart of the Book of Revelation and reveals how it is foretold in the very first pages of the Book of Genesis and in the story of King David’s monarchy, which speaks of a privileged place for the mother of the king.
Building on these scriptural and historical foundations, Hahn presents a new look at the Marian doctrines: Her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, Assumption, and Coronation. As he guides modern-day readers through passages filled with mysteries and poetry, Hahn helps them rediscover the ancient art and science of reading the Scriptures and gain a more profound understanding of their truthfulness and relevance to faith and the practice of religion in the contemporary world.
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