Homily for the Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria
Theme: REMEMBER US LORD
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Tuesday October 1 2019
SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY QUEEN AND PATRONESS OF NIGERIA
READINGS: ISAIAH 11:1-10, PSALM 72, EPHESIANS 2:13-22, MATTHEW 2:13-15.19-23
√•Happy 59th birthday Nigeria
√•We ponder our beginnings in order to build our tomorrow
√•We pray mother Mary to intercede for us
√•We beg God to dwell amongst us again
√•We pray our later years be better than the former.
√•May it be so now and always.
Today we celebrate Mary, the principal patron of Nigeria. We celebrate Mary as a nation because of our believe that Jesus Christ who “will reign over the house of Jacob for ever” (Lk. 1:32) is her Son. Nigeria calls her queen because she is the “Mother of the King”, “Mother of the Lord”, as ecclesiastical writers call her. It was St. Gregory Nazianzen who called her “the Mother of the king of the entire universe” and “the virgin Mother who brought forth the king of the entire world”. Indeed as the Church Fathers and theologians concluded, Mary, Queen of Nigeria is the Queen of all creation, Sovereign Mistress of all men. Evidently we proudly call her our Queen and principal patron “since the great Virgin Mary was raised to the dignity of Mother of the king of kings, the Church justly honours her and wishes that she be honoured with the glorious title of Queen” – Alphonsus Liguori.
Dear friends, we have as a patroness, the Mother of the author of peace, who prayed “that all may be one” (Jn. 17:20). Today more than ever before is our nation Nigeria in need of unity and peace; Christ, Mary’s Son is “our peace, he who made both one, and broke down the dividing wall of enmity through his flesh” (Eph. 2:14). He is the one who can create one new person (Nigeria) out of the many prevalent factions there are in Nigeria thereby establishing peace forever. He is surely the one who will reconcile Nigeria, now in ruins to God and end the manifest enmities rocking the oneness of our nation (Eph. 2:15-16). It is Jesus alone, the Son of our Queen that can enthrone righteousness, equity, and faithfulness in our country. This is true because the Spirit of God, the Spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding and fear of the Lord overwhelms him (Isa. 11:1-3).
Nigeria is a nation where the poor and less privileged are treated unfairly, their rights trampled upon by the wicked privileged few. Our Queen, Mary can and will present the plight of such to her Son as she did in John 2:1ff at the wedding feast in Cana; and her Son who does not deny her of anything will readily hearken to her request. He will liberate the poor, judge them fairly, and strike the wicked with the rod of his mouth. In those days, justice shall flourish and great peace forever (Ps. 72:7). Then shall peace reign between the Boko Haram and the rest of Nigeria; only when we must have made recourse through Mary our Queen to her Son that Militancy will become history, insurgency and mob activities be forgotten. Also, tribal wars, ethnic tussles, inter-religious grievances and the many other ills militating against our oneness would become a thing of the past; then would the baby play by the viper’s den and the child put his hand in the adder’s lair without being hurt (Isa. 11:8).
Finally, beloved in Christ, the Holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph calls us to heed God’s call as a nation. Joseph never doubted the angel’s message; he acted on it without questioning why the saviour of the people would flee from his land. In the flight to Egypt and subsequent return to Nazareth we see ‘God being humble’. Jesus though a kid and Mary his Mother could have stayed back cognizant of the powers they had. However, as typical of Mary, she accepted to undertake the difficult and pain stricken journey to Egypt.
Oh Nigeria, if only you adhered to the call of God! Peace would have found us, justice would have reigned, equity and fairness established; love enthroned while hate, strife, terror, violence and evil dethroned. May Mary, Queen and patroness of Nigeria intercede for us and occasion a new dawn of joy and happiness in our society. Amen.
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