Daily homily thoughts, 12/12

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the only pregnant Madonna. She is pregnant with Jesus, with the Light.  And that is what she brings – LIGHT, Christ the Light.

  • She came to Juan Diego when he was in the midst of a family crisis with a terribly sick uncle.  She brought the Light into that personal darkness and said, “Do not be afraid, am I not your mother?”
  • She came to the Aztec people who had just been conquered by Spain, who wondered what the future held for them. She brought the Light into that national darkness and said, “Do not be afraid, am I not your mother?”
  • She came to the broken Church, which had just been fractured by Martin Luther and Henry VIII. She brought the Light into that national darkness and said, “Do not be afraid, am I not your mother?”

Still today there are personal problems, national problems, and church problems. Into all of it the Pregnant Mary — Our Lady of Guadalupe — comes, and she brings that LIGHT within her!

She lights up our lives!

We echo the words of Juan Diego, who echoed the words of Elizabeth: “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”