THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR WARRIOR QUEEN
of the Assumption
August 15, 2017
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
Our Church is a missionary Church. When she does her basic
work of evangelization and mission, then she engages in spiritual
warfare, as she assaults the gates of the enemy. The Old Testament
tells of a lot of wars, which were actions to take the land
for the Lord’s own people and to establish His dominion.
Today we are engaged in continuing war, a war for souls and
the establishment of God’s reign in the world.
New Testament also has a lot of talk of war. Paul speaks of
God’s work in the world, with the ultimate aim that
Christ “hands over the kingdom to his God and Father”
(1 Cor 15:24a). When does this happen? It happens “when
he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and
power.” (1 Cor 15:24b). This happens when “he
has put all his enemies under his feet.” (1 Cor 15:25).
This talks of war and ultimate victory over the enemy.
in this Feast of the Assumption, we look to our Blessed Mother
Mary. Most normally think of Mary as a quiet, demure, background-type
of woman. She is the submissive Queen to the King that is
Jesus. She is the “princess arrayed in Ophir’s
gold (who) comes to stand at your right hand.” (Ps 45:10b).
But in the Kingdom’s engagement in spiritual war, Mary
stands not just by the side of Jesus but side by side with
Jesus. They are the dynamic duo, the terrific tandem.
was “there” when God pronounced enmity (all-out
war) between the serpent and the woman, and between their
offsprings. Mary is the woman and her offspring is Jesus.
They were destined to crush the head of the serpent. Then
again Mary was “there” when “war broke out
in heaven” (Rv 12:7a). The huge red dragon’s “tail
swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them
down to the earth.” (Rv 12:4a). Talk about star wars!
This was cosmic war, raging in the heavens and on earth. The
dragon was set to devour her child but failed. “Michael
and his angels battled against the dragon” (Rv 12:7b)
and defeated the dragon and its angels.
Genesis to Revelation, throughout salvation history, Mary
is there as a warrior Queen, together with her warrior Son.
In her canticle when she was called by God to be the mother
of the Savior, she already prophesied about God’s work
and her role in it. God is a warrior who “has shown
might with his arm” (Lk 1:51a). “He has thrown
down the rulers from their thrones” (Lk 1:52a). He is
“the Mighty One …. and holy is his name.”
(Lk 1:49). He is a holy warrior. And Mary is a holy warrior.
Our King and our Queen lead us on. Arise, holy warriors!