06 Homily at Dublin of His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias

posted Aug 29, 2018, 10:04 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 10:04 AM ]
Your Eminences, my brother Archbishops and Bishops, my dear Fathers, Religious Sisters and Brothers, and my dearest brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ: all of us belonging to one big family, the family of faith founded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Very appropriately, on this feast of Mary’s Queenship the Gospel of the Annunciation is proclaimed to us. The joyful annunciation by the angel Gabriel of the coming of Jesus was the most important announcement in salvation history – and indeed of all history. It marks the beginning of the New Testament – the beginning of a new relationship between man/woman and God and with one another. Mary is introduced into the mystery of salvation through this announcement. At the angel’s message, she received the Word of God in her heart, and in her body she received Life for the world. Becoming the mother of the King of Kings, she becomes the Queen of earth and heaven. Mary’s ‘yes’ was the beginning of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Present in Dublin for this World Meeting of Families, the ideal to which we all look when we reflect on the family is the Holy Family of Nazareth: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The first reading from Isaiah speaks of a bright light on the horizon. This light in the midst of darkness is the Holy Family of Nazareth. In the midst of great assaults on family values and the institution of marriage itself, the Holy Family stands out as a bright, dazzling light.