19 Apr Christ, the King, and Mary, the Queen – Fr Joseph Edattu VC
In this article, we read about Christ, the King. Jesus is the King of the Universe, but his kingship is also linked to his mother—Mary, the Queen.
What are the connections that prove that Jesus is the King and what are the biblical references to prove that Jesus is the true king from the lineage of David? There are a lot of prophecies about Jesus as the King. So, let us read some of the prophecies about the kingship of Jesus in the Old Testament.
Establishing Jesus as the King
In Genesis 49:10 we read, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah.” The sceptre is ‘the rod of authority’ and it shall not depart from the tribe of Judah, i.e. the same tribe in which David, Solomon and Jesus, all of them, were born into. “Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet until tribute comes to him and the obedience of the people is his.” And in Genesis 49:11, “Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes.”
The Book of Genesis speaks about the future king, the authority and that the kingship will not depart from Judah. Genesis holds some hints. Wine has been mentioned. Vine not only as the plant but drinking wine has also been mentioned. A donkey has also been mentioned. Washing has been mentioned and so is blood, the blood of grapes. We normally say ‘the wine of grapes’; nobody calls it ‘the blood of grapes’. So, blood and grapes are connected here.
You see a pre-shadow or a prophecy about Jesus, the new king, and the Upper Room Passover Meal, where Jesus turns the wine to His blood. Before the Passover Meal, there is a royal triumphant entry into Jerusalem. To enter Jerusalem, Jesus used a colt, a young donkey. Sitting on this donkey, Jesus entered Jerusalem, and then cleansed the temple. Soon thereafter, He celebrated the Passover Meal with wine and bread and the lamb, which is ‘He’ himself. We see so many connections here.
The Old Testament book of Genesis mentions the kingship, the donkey, the wine, the blood, the washing and the cleansing. The New Testament Gospels speak about Jesus, the new King, and there is a mention of a donkey when Jesus enters Jerusalem, cleanses the temple, has the Passover Meal with wine, and the wine is turned into His blood. You can see a connection.
Similarity of King Saul’s Anointing and Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem
The donkey and the king are connected according to Jewish tradition. When you read the Bible, you will soon understand this connection. The first association of donkey and king is seen when crowning the first king of Israel.
Who was the first king of Israel? King Saul. How was King Saul crowned king? Initially, God was the King of Israel, but the people wanted their own king—a human being—as their king. Therefore, they asked God to give them a king and Samuel prayed. God said, “Don’t worry; I will bring the king to you. You prepare the food for him, prepare a good place, prepare an upper room and then keep it ready and keep the food also ready, when he comes to you. I will tell you who the king is. Then you crown him and anoint him with oil and make him the king.” This is what the prophet was asked to do by God.
Likewise, a young man named Saul lost his father’s donkey. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and the handsomest of men in all of Israel. Do you see the connection of a king and a donkey? A king who is soon going to be crowned is searching for a donkey. In the New Testament, we read about Jesus, the new King, the Eternal King, who for His entry into Jerusalem tells two of His disciples to go and search for a donkey. Saul was asked by his father to go and search for his donkey. In 1 Samuel 9:3 we read, “Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed. So, Kish said to his son, ‘Saul, take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys.’” So, the future king of Israel is searching for a donkey. And as he went in search of the donkey, he met two people. Going forward, we read about the coronation of King Saul. Saul reached Prophet Samuel’s house and he is anointed the first king of Israel. In Luke 19:29-30 we read, “When he had come near Bethpage and Bethany, at a place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt (a young donkey) that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.’” Two people are sent to search for a donkey and are told to bring that donkey to Jesus.
In the life of King Saul, who was searching for a donkey, we read in 1 Samuel 10:2, “When you depart from me today, you will meet two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah. They will say to you, ‘the donkeys that you went to seek are found.’” So, two men find the donkey and they return and tell Saul that they have found the donkey. In Jesus’ case, two disciples went and found the donkey.
Similarities between the Water Bearer, the Sacrifice and the Upper Room
During the Passover Meal, Jesus established the Eucharist, one of the most powerful moments of His life on Earth. The Eucharist and the Crucifixion are connected. In Luke 22:10-12, we see the connection with the Passover Meal. When Jesus was telling His disciples to go and prepare the Passover Meal in the Upper Room, the disciples did not know which is the room or where is the place. They were thinking about how to find the place. “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters,” (Luke 22:11) “and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” (Luke 22:12) “And he will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.”
This is about the preparations for the Passover Meal. The King’s entry and the King’s Passover Meal are very important. For the King’s entry, i.e. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is sending two of his disciples to collect the donkey. They find the donkey, and bring it to Jesus. So, Jesus can now enter Jerusalem. Similarly, in the Old Testament, before King Saul became a king, he went in search of a donkey, and two men find the donkey, and they come and tell Saul that the donkey has been found and that he can now become the king. That’s how he reached the prophet’s house. When he reached the prophet’s house, what did he find? We read in 1 Samuel 9:11-12, “As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water and said to them, ‘Is the seer here?’” See they came in search of Samuel, the prophet, and they saw girls coming out to draw water. You can see a connection here.
When we read Luke 22:10-11, Jesus told the disciples to go and prepare the house for the Passover Meal. What did they see? “Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.” (Luke 22:10). Jesus told the disciples that they will meet a man carrying a jar of water and that he would show them the place. In 1 Samuel 9:11, King Saul meets some women. “As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water.” Saul asked them, “Where is the place?” and these girls show him the place. A man carrying water showed the place to Jesus’ disciples. Here, these girls show the place to King Saul. We again see a similarity between the new King Jesus and the first King Saul.
We see a lot of connections. In 1 Samuel 10:3, Samuel said, “Then you shall go on from there further and come to the oak of Tabor; three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you there.” Now Prophet Samuel told Saul that he would see three men going up to Bethel to sacrifice. Bethel is a place where people used to sacrifice. In the Book of Genesis, we read that Abraham prepared an altar in Bethel. He sacrificed there in Bethel. Jacob also sacrificed in Bethel. Bethel is a place where God meets His people and is where the sacrifice used to take place. The ‘three men’ here is a symbol of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are going to perform the sacrifice in this place. Similarly, the disciples were shown the place in the Upper Room, and Jesus and His disciples went to the Upper Room and celebrated the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist.
What was it that the Jews carried for a sacrifice? Normally, according to the Jewish tradition, they would carry a lamb to perform a blood sacrifice. Of the three men going up to God at Bethel, the first carried three kids (or lambs), the second carried three loaves of bread and the third carried wine. Wine, bread and the lamb for the sacrifice on the altar of Bethel is what King Saul was told by Prophet Samuel. The King goes to Bethel, where three people sacrificed. Three is the Trinity—it is the sacrifice of Jesus. It is a collective activity of the Holy Trinity. What are the things used for the sacrifice? Bread and wine. Who is the lamb? Jesus is the Lamb. So, you can see the connection between the Old Testament king, the first king, and the New Testament King, Jesus.
In 1 Samuel 9:24, before Saul is anointed as the king, we read, “The cook took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul. Samuel said, ‘See what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the guest.’” Samuel said that it was already kept prepared; the food and everything were already kept for the king. In the New Testament, when Jesus went to the Upper Room, it was already prepared for him. Again, we read in 1 Samuel 9:25, “When they came down from the shrine into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof (the upper room) and he slept there.” In Luke 22:12, Jesus and the disciples were given the Upper Room where they celebrated the sacrifice. So likewise, you can see many connections with King Saul, the first king, and Jesus, the Eternal King.
For the sacrifice in the Upper Room, the food is prepared and the room is prepared. And what are the things used for the sacrifice in the Upper Room? Bread, wine and the lamb. Jesus said “I am the Lamb of God.” We eat the body of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Similarities between King David’s Anointing and Jesus
In 1 Samuel 16:13 we read, “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.” So David is anointed the king as a young boy. Although he was a young boy, Prophet Samuel anointed him with oil and made him the king. As we continue reading, in verse 14, “Now the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit tormented him.” Then the friends of Saul started searching for someone to cast out this evil spirit. The brothers of David remember that David is capable of casting out evil spirits. So, they tell David to go and meet the king. Jesse, David’s father, prepares David to meet the king in the palace. Remember that David is already anointed as the king by the prophet. David is not just going to Jerusalem and the palace as a young boy but as the anointed king of Israel.
How is this anointed king going to the palace? In 1 Samuel 16:20 we read, “Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a kid (lamb), and sent them by his son David to Saul.” King David is going to have a royal entry to his palace from where he is going to rule in the future. Now, he is going from his home to the palace. How is he going? By donkey. The future king is riding on a donkey.
First, Saul rode on a donkey. Now, the second king, King David, is going to ride on a donkey. What are the things that he is carrying? Bread, wine and the lamb. In the New Testament, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey. In Jerusalem, He has the sacrifice of the Eucharist. What are the things used? Bread and wine. In the case of David, there was a lamb. Who is the lamb in the case of Jesus? Jesus himself is the Lamb of God. David went to the palace and casts out the evil spirits from Saul (1 Samuel 16:23). We all know Jesus also casts out evil spirits.
Similarities between King Jehu’s Anointing and Jesus
Let us read about King Jehu in 2 Kings 9:13. “Then hurriedly they all took their cloaks and spread them for him (Jehu) on the bare steps and they blew the trumpet and proclaimed, ‘Jehu is King!’” When Jehu was made king, people removed their cloaks and spread them on the road and on the steps, and as Jehu, the king, stood and walked, the people shouted at the top of their voice, “Jehu is King!” In the New Testament, we read in Matthew 21:8 about Jesus sitting on a donkey and entering into Jerusalem, and the people spreading out their cloaks on the road, cutting branches from the trees and shouting, “Hail, Son of David!” as they were praising and glorifying Jesus as the new king. We see a royal connection yet again.
Similarities between King Solomon and Jesus
We discussed Saul, David and Jehu. Let us now read about Solomon, David’s son. The name Solomon means ‘shalom’. Sha-lo-mon, the name, comes from shalom. Shalom means peace. So, he is the king of peace or prince of peace. In 1 Chronicles 22:9, we read, “See, a son shall be born to you; he shall be a man of peace. I will give him peace from all his enemies on every side.” In the days of Solomon, Israel had peace and quiet. He was indeed a king or prince of peace. Jesus is also called Prince of Peace and King of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 is a prophecy about Jesus. “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority shall rest upon his shoulders; and his name is Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Jesus is also addressed as the Prince of Peace. So, the Prince of Peace in the Old Testament was Solomon and the Prince of Peace in the New Testament is Jesus.
In 1 Kings 1:33, when David was about to die, Solomon is to be crowned king. Before the coronation of a Jewish king is a process. The king should be sitting on a donkey. We read, “King David said to them, ‘Take with you the servants of your Lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule (a hybrid between a donkey and a horse) and bring him down to Gihon.’” Gihon is near Kidron Valley. That is exactly the same place where Jesus also started his journey on the donkey. King David said, “Let my son Solomon sit on this donkey and go through the city.” We read verses 38-39, “So the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan and Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David’s mule and led him to Gihon. There the priest Zadok took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” We see a similar incident in the case of Jesus. Jesus is sitting on a donkey and is triumphantly entering Jerusalem and the people are shouting.
We read in 1 Kings 1:39-40, “And all the people went up following him.” All the people followed Solomon, who was sitting on the donkey, and the people are shouting “playing on pipes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth quaked at their noise.” Even the earth was shaking because of the sound of the people. We know that when Jesus was entering Jerusalem, the people shouted at the top of their voice, and some people got offended. They were so angry and said, “Tell them to keep quiet.” Jesus said, “If they keep quiet, this Earth, these stones will shout.” Here you can see there is a mention that the Earth is quaking because of the sound. In Matthew 21:9 we read, “The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest Heaven.’” Everybody shouted at the top of their voice when Jesus was riding on the donkey.
When Solomon was going on the donkey and there was shouting, people asked, “Who is this? Who is this man? What is happening there? What is going on there?” (1 Kings 1:40-41) “All the people went up following him playing on pipes and rejoiced with great joy so that the earth quaked at their noise. Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they finished feasting. When Joab heard the sound of the trumpet, He said, ‘Why is the city in uproar?’” Who is that? In the same way, Jesus and His disciples were going with Jesus on the donkey, and the people were shouting. In Matthew 21:15 we read, “But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the son of David’, they became angry (they too became angry) and questioned, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of the babes, infants and nursing babies, you have prepared praise for yourself?’’” There is a similarity between Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and Solomon’s coronation. After Solomon became the king, all his enemies ran away. King Solomon cleansed Israel and destroyed all his enemies, all the unholy people, he chased them out and some of them were killed. He cleansed the whole of Israel. We know in the New Testament that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, he went into the temple of God and cleansed it. King Solomon cleansed the temple, the palace and the whole of Israel. Jesus cleansed the temple, which is symbolic of Him as well as His Church and the whole world.
In 1 Kings 7:51 we read, “Thus, all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. Solomon brought in the things that his father David had dedicated, the silver, the gold and the vessels and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.” Solomon is the one who built the Jerusalem Temple. We all know what Jesus said in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days, I will raise it up.” When did Jesus build a new temple? In three days. “The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the Temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead on the third day, his disciples remembered that He had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” (John 2:21-22). The Jerusalem Temple has been replaced by Jesus Himself. Therefore, the Jerusalem Temple cannot be rebuilt. Thus, the Jews are struggling and doing their best to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple, their most important temple, for the last 2020 years.
We know Jesus is the new Solomon. We also know He is the New Temple, the connection between the old Solomon and the new Solomon and all the other connections. We also saw how when Solomon became the king, he sat on a donkey, and the people shouted as he entered and some people were not happy with Solomon. They wanted to eliminate him, but the moment he became the king, they all ran away. Solomon cleansed the whole of Jerusalem and all of Israel. In the New Testament, the new Solomon is also sitting on a donkey, is entering Jerusalem, and the people are shouting, just like what happened to Solomon, and here again, some people are not happy and then Jesus entered Jerusalem and cleansed the temple.
Mother Mary, the Queen
We already spoke about the king; the Old Testament kings—all the three kings and the New Testament king, Eternal King, Jesus, The King of the Universe. Now, there is also an essential aspect that is about the role of Mother Mary. Mother Mary is the mother of Jesus. From all these connections, we know that Jesus is the king. If Jesus is the king, then who is Mother Mary? Mother Mary is the Queen Mother. Jesus is the king, so His mother is the queen. According to Jewish understanding, if somebody is a king, the wife is not the queen but the mother is the queen. The wife has no role. The mother enters the court when the king is sitting there. The king is supposed to stand up and honour the mother because she is the queen mother. The Hebrew word for queen mother is ‘Gebirah’. Gebirah also means ‘great lady’. The word that is used in the Bible is ‘great lady’. ‘Queen mother’ means ‘great lady’, which is why we call Mother Mary ‘Our Lady’. Whenever we say ‘Our Lady’, we remember the royal status of Mother Mary.
If a son becomes a king, the mother immediately and automatically becomes the queen. The king does not need to anoint or have any separate coronation for the queen. The moment the son becomes the king, the mother becomes the queen. For example, in Bandra, Mumbai, near the Bandra–Worli Sealink, there is a sculpture with the statement ‘A child gives birth to a mother.’ What does it mean? The moment a child is born, a woman becomes a mother. The child doesn’t select one particular mother. However, the moment a woman gives birth to a child, she becomes a mother automatically. She gets a title. Nobody has to give it to her; it is natural and automatic. She becomes a mother.
In Matthew 1:20-23, we read, “But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: Look the Virgin shall conceive and bear a son and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us.”
Mother Mary was carrying God. The word ‘God Bearer’ is of biblical origin and is not a term used to describe Mother Mary only by the Catholic Church. Many people do not understand the details because they are reading the scriptures in English or in their first language. But if you read the above verses in the Greek Bible, ‘bear’ is equivalent to ‘Tikto’, and ‘God’ is equivalent to ‘Theos’. So, ‘Theotokos’ means ‘God bearer’. Mother Mary is the God bearer. She is the New Ark of the Covenant, and the child which is born of her is Emmanuel. This is why the early Christians called Mother Mary ‘Theotokos’.
Mother Mary, the Intercessor
We read in 1 Kings 1:15-16, “So, Bathsheba went to the king in his room. The king (i.e. David) was very old. Abishag, the Shunammite, was attending the king. So Bathsheba bowed and did obeisance to the king, and the king said, ‘What do you want?’” Bathsheba is bowing down in front of the king. Who is Bathsheba? The wife of King David. She bowed down and did obeisance to the king. The king said, “What do you want?” There is no respect given to Bathsheba. But when Bathsheba goes to Solomon, Solomon respects her and gives her the first seat, on his right.
There is a special throne and a special role for the queen mother in the history of Israel. Every time when the king meets the queen mother, it is the king who bows down in front of the queen. The queen has got the power to intercede. There are some signs of the queen of Israel. The first sign is the queen will have a crown of twelve stars, because twelve symbolises the twelve tribes of Israel. We know Mother Mary has a crown of twelve stars. The second sign of a queen is that she is seated on a throne. We all know in the New Testament that Jesus has given Mother Mary a throne in heaven.
In Luke 1:52, when Mother Mary was singing The Magnificat. There is a special line Mother Mary mentions. She said, “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly.” This means Mother Mary knew that the moment her son becomes the king, or Messiah, she becomes the queen. Because all Jewish women were expecting to be the mother of the Messiah. The Jewish understanding is that nobody lives unmarried. Being unmarried meant that you were against God and did not want the Messiah to be born in your family and be part of your lineage. All women and men should be married. Otherwise, it was considered a curse. Therefore, all the people used to get married. If women didn’t have children, then it was also considered a curse. If they were barren, it is considered a curse because God does not want to be born in their family. This is Jewish understanding. Therefore, Jewish women used to pray, “Lord, make me the mother of the Messiah.” To become the queen and the mother of Almighty God was an expectation of every Jewish woman.
Angel Gabriel told Mother Mary “The throne of his ancestor, David will be given to him.” What does it mean? Jesus is the successor of King David. If he is the king, then the mother is the queen. This is why Mother Mary said, “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones” (not one throne, but thrones) “and lifted up the lowly.” Who are the lowly who are lifted up to the thrones? Mother Mary and Jesus. Jesus born in the manger and Mother Mary, a humble ordinary woman from Israel. Both were lifted up to thrones in heaven. Mother Mary knew it and that is why she sang The Magnificat!
We read in Luke 1:48, “For he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me ‘Blessed’.” Mother Mary never said that from now on all the Catholics or only the good Catholics will call me blessed. Mother Mary said all generations will call her ‘Blessed’. Mother Mary knew that every generation means not just generations but also every human being. All the generations mean all human beings will call her ‘Blessed’. Therefore, it is shocking when many Christians degrade Mother Mary. Many denominations speak against Mother Mary and degrade her to the maximum. They don’t call Mother Mary ‘Blessed’ or say ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you’. They are either ashamed or afraid. But, Angel Gabriel addressed Mother Mary like that and so did the Heavenly Father. Why are we afraid and ashamed? She is the Queen Mother. According to Jewish understanding, the queen mother has three symbols or signs: 1. the crown; 2. the throne; 3. intercessory power.
When Solomon was the king, Bathsheba came interceding before him for Adonijah. In 1 Kings 2:18, we read, “Bathsheba said, ‘Very well, I will speak to the king on your behalf.” Who is the one making this request? Adonijah. King Solomon wanted to kill Adonijah. So, Adonijah came and spoke to the queen mother. He did not approach the king directly but pleaded for help and support from the queen mother. In verse 17, “He said, ‘Please ask King Solomon, because he will not refuse you.” Here it is clearly written that he will not refuse the queen mother. According to Jewish understanding, the people knew that the king will never refuse the queen mother. What was Adonijah’s request? “Please ask King Solomon, because he will not refuse you, to give me Abishag, the Shunammite, as my wife.” (1 Kings 2:17) “Bathsheba said, ‘Very well, I will speak to the king on your behalf.” Bathsheba, the queen mother, says she will speak on behalf of Adonijah.
When Solomon was seated on the throne, Bathsheba, the queen, came inside. “And now I have one request to make of you; do not refuse me.’ she said to him.” (1 Kings 2:16) “So Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. The king rose.” (1 Kings 2:19) The moment Bathsheba came inside, the king rose. He bowed down. The king is honouring the mother. Why? The king honoured his mother according to the Ten Commandments. “Honour your father and mother” is the Fourth Commandment. The Hebrew translation for ‘honour’ is ‘Qissa’, which means ‘to glorify’ your mother and father. So, the original Hebrew word is ‘glorify’. It is not just to honour but to glorify. This is why the king got up the moment he saw his mother; getting up, bowing down and honouring or glorifying her. Then he sat on his throne and had a throne brought for his mother, not just a seat but a throne. She then sat on his right, and Bathsheba, the queen mother, intercedes for somebody in front of the king. “Then she said, ‘I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.’ And the king said to her, ‘Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you.’” (1 Kings 2:20)
There are two thrones. A throne for the king and a throne for the queen mother. Mother Mary spoke about these thrones in The Magnificat. ‘The high and mighty ones are brought down from the thrones and the lowly ones are lifted up.’
Without the Old Testament, we cannot know the New Testament. The Old Testament and the New Testament are well-connected. If you want to know more of the New Testament, you should read the Old Testament. If you want to know more of the Old Testament, you should read the New Testament. Both are connected and cannot be separated. Jesus came not to abolish the law but to complete it, perfect it and fulfil it. Therefore, we need to see the connection between the two Testaments in the Bible. Both scriptures are holy. Many denominations say, “Jesus abolished the Old Testament, and the old is gone and the new has come, then why are you carrying the Old Testament along with you?”
However, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17). Considering all these aspects may be very difficult for all of us to understand. But please read the Bible and you will understand and be able to connect with it. You will see all the connections together and will be so proud of your faith. The faith the Catholic Church has been proclaiming and holding on to for the last two thousand and twenty years and not just 100 or 200 years. This faith is purely biblical. It is not a creation of the Catholic Church but is biblical and founded on the Bible. There is no doubt about it. Therefore, you need not be so defensive about your faith. Just stand on your faith without shaking.
When you have committed a sin against ‘The King’, you may not be worthy to approach Him directly. So, the best way to approach Him is by going to the Queen Mother. She will intercede for you.