Mass Readings

August 22, 2019

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 422

Reading 1 Jgs 11:29-39a

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.
He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,
and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,
and from there he went on to the Ammonites.
Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.
“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said,
“whoever comes out of the doors of my house
to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites
shall belong to the LORD.
I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.”

Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,
and the LORD delivered them into his power,
so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them,
from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all)
and as far as Abel-keramim.
Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection
by the children of Israel.
When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah,
it was his daughter who came forth,
playing the tambourines and dancing.
She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her.
When he saw her, he rent his garments and said,
“Alas, daughter, you have struck me down
and brought calamity upon me.
For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract.”
She replied, “Father, you have made a vow to the LORD.
Do with me as you have vowed,
because the LORD has wrought vengeance for you
on your enemies the Ammonites.”
Then she said to her father, “Let me have this favor.
Spare me for two months, that I may go off down the mountains
to mourn my virginity with my companions.”
“Go,” he replied, and sent her away for two months.
So she departed with her companions
and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
At the end of the two months she returned to her father,
who did to her as he had vowed.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10

R.(8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
who turns not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Alleluia Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mt 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables
saying, “The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then the king said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”


Homily: August 22
Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 113:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; Luke 1:26-38
In the above line is the mission of our Lady on earth defined.
▪The first line said, Hail, full of Grace! The angel defined her as one who is filled with grace. The next line says, “The Lord is with you.” It was because the Lord was with her that she was filled with grace, since grace comes from God and no one is capable of having this grace except when God is with one. Thus the Angel Gabriel greeted her with this message.
▪She was not full of grace for her own self, but for the mission of being the mother of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. She is invoked in the liturgical Memorial of today as “Queen.” Though this may appear as a new feast based on when Pope Pius XII instituted it in 1954, it does not however imply that in the long history of the Church, she had not been honoured as such by the title.
▪What do we mean when we say that Mary is Queen? According to Pope Benedict XVI in the General Audience of 22 August 2012, “Is it solely a title, together with others, a crown, an ornament like others…? It is a consequence of her being united to the Son, of her being in heaven, that is, in communion with God; she shares in God’s responsibility for the world and in God’s love for the world.”
▪This is why the first reading tells us that the child to be born will have the tributes of being called “Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” It is in union with these attributes that she was filled with grace, and this grace gave way to all she does in the world today as our greatest intercessor and mediatrix of all graces.
▪Dear friend, she is a Mother and Queen, not because she chose to, but because God chose her to be so. And not honouring her as a Queen does not stop her from being a Queen, because God had made that decision before she came to be. It is an honour given to her by God and not by men; she is full of grace, because God is with her. We honour you, O Mother, because God has chosen you to be the mother of Christ, our Lord. Amen
May our Lady, Mother and Queen pray for us today
Have a great day and may God bless you
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and The Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville