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Today's Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
On December 12, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This feast commemorates the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, the native Mexican peasant who experienced apparitions of Mary on the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico City.
Juan Diego, a weaver, farmer, and laborer, encountered a beautiful lady who appeared to him, humbling him to his knees. She spoke in the native language of the Aztecs. She identified herself as Mary, the mother of Jesus. "My son, I love you. I desire you to know who I am the ever-Virgin Mary, mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. I desire a church in this place where your people may experience my compassion..."
She told him to gather flowers (castillian roses not grown at that time of year) to bring proof to the bishop that this was real. She arranged them in his cloak to present to the bishop. The flowers tumbled out of his coat (tilma)onto the floor, and in their place was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Today, Juan Diego's cloak is Mexico's most popular religious symbol.
Could any of us poor or wealthy have the faith of Juan Diego? Would you open your heart to the beautiful Mother of Jesus? If we do we could experience the miracle of her compassion!
Dear Jesus, your Mother shows us her miracles in so many ways. I hope when I pray the Rosary she continues to be our intercessory to you and extends her compassion.
Copyright 2022 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor, which inspired her to begin writing.