Grace to you!
Exposure to the deliverance ministry, familiarity with God’s Word in Scripture and Sacred Tradition and testimonials of exorcists, have taught me many things about how the devil operates. I will use one of the devil’s tactics, namely counterfeiting, as the setting for my reflection today.
One of the two classical concepts (Satan is the second) used in the New Testament to describe the devil is διάβολος (diabolos), which means a slanderer, a malicious false accuser who thrives in deceit. The word appeared thirty four times, but never used in the Old Testament. The devil is a deceiver, an impostor.
The Lord Jesus called the devil the father of lies (John 8:44). The devil thrives in counterfeiting.
A number of examples: Watch anywhere you have a pro-life community, you would see a heavy presence of organizations that promote heartless support for abortion, violence against the life of the baby in the womb sold as women health. Black Mass is a counterfeit for the Eucharistic celebration. God must have gods – gods always as the counterfeit. Wherever the good is, a counterfeit of the good is present. The devil knows it and it thrives in deceit.
In the history of the world, the kingship of God has been counterfeited also. Such was the ancient kings from Sennacherib of Assyria to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and Xarxes of Persia; kings of ancient China to ancient Rome during the years of imperial cults or Emperor worship; down to Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, those despots who claimed to be the universal king, against whose background Pope Pius XI wrote the famous letter, Quas Primas of 1925 in praise and declaration of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe.
If the devil would counterfeit the kingship of Christ, would it not also counterfeit the place of the mother of Our Lord, Mary? Surely, the devil would.
In the prophecy of Jeremiah, we see the true counterfeit of what belongs to heaven, God's throne. Many who oppose the queenship of Mary use these Jeremiah texts as biblical evidence.
The texts are two where the prophet Jeremiah condemns the people of Israel for worshiping the so-called “queen of heaven” (see Jeremiah 7:18 and 44:17-25). The real name of this goddess whom the idol worshippers called the “queen of heaven” was Ashtoreth, Astarte or Ishtar – the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, who was believed to be the wife of Baal.
This is devilish, diabolic counterfeiting at its best. For those who use these texts to denounce Mother Mary as the Queen of Heaven, ask yourself: is Ishtar the queen of God's heaven? If Jesus is the Universal King, how is Ishtar the true queen of God's heaven? Can't we see how the devil thrives in counterfeiting?
Mary is the queen of heaven because she is the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior, the King of heaven and earth. No other woman could fit that title, neither in heaven nor on earth. If heaven is God's throne and not Baal’s throne, then Mary, who is the greatest among all women, is the most fitted to reign with the Son as the queen.
Did the Bible not say that if we died with Christ, we shall also live and reign with him? (See 2 Timothy 2:11-12) What is wrong with Mary wearing the crown of glory which Saint Peter says awaits all believers (I Peter 5:4), or the crown of victory which Revelation 2:10 gloriously spoke about? The major difference is that we don't have a second Jesus’ mom; neither do we have a second “full of grace” figure in the biblical history of salvation. Only Mary fits the description. This singles her out among all humanity.
That this truth of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary isn’t written verbatim in the Bible is simply because the Bible was not about Mary, but about Jesus.
Moreover, by being the crown of all women in heaven as queen of all, Mary isn't sharing equality with God. Not even in earthly kingdoms, in those days of monarchical rules, does the queen have the same power as the king. The king is the owner of the kingdom. The queen is his spouse.
The image of the Book of Revelation 12, about a woman crowned with the twelve stars, which is the image of the Church, allegorically, is also the image of the birth of the Son of God by that pregnant woman – Mary.
Mary isn't worshipped; she is revered as blessed by the Lord. Her life and memories of her faith-witness tell us about the yes of a woman that ushered the Incarnation (God born as man). If this doesn’t show something beyond the ordinary, I wonder what does.
All to Jesus through Mary our mother! Love you Mother Mary. Love you the true queen of heaven.
May the grace of Virgin Mary’s queenship smash the head of all devilish counterfeit claims to sovereignty. Amen.
God love you God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.