From the Word of the Day
“My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
(Luke 1: 39-47)
Today we celebrate the apparition of Mary at Guadalupe. The image imprinted on the tilma of Juan Diego bespeaks two of the most important dogmas of Mary, her virginity and her divine Motherhood. She carries Jesus, the Son of God within her, and thus Juan Diego is really encountering Jesus present in her womb. Mary’s spirit rejoices because she recognizes that everything comes from God and that God asked her to give human flesh and blood to His Son so that He could take on our human condition and heal us and save us.
We see in this miracle of Guadalupe, the way of divine inculturation to evangelize His people; to proclaim to them the Good News of salvation. And God chooses to intervene in a way adapted to our needs by involving Mary, the chosen woman of the human race. Mary directs all to God and thus her spirit rejoices in what God has done.
We have here new life par excellence for every human being. Our part is to be like Mary, rejoicing in God’s plan and cooperating fully with it.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder this unique apparition of Mary, pregnant with Jesus, clothed in the garb of the people according to their customs, speaking tenderly to Juan. I will relish her love, her closeness, her yearning to bring us to her Son.
Lord, how gracious is Your love to come to be with us as one of us and to do so through the Virgin Mary. Help us to go toward others as You and Your Mother do, with compassion, simplicity, humility.
The voice of Msgr. Eduardo Chavez Sanchez
We are celebrating the sign of unity, harmony, and a new life. With our Lady of Guadalupe, this sign has finally arrived.