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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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December 12, 2019 Thursday 2nd Week of Advent Our Lady of Guadalupe 1st Reading: Zec 2:14–17 Gospel: Lk 1:39–47

MARY then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, “You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!”

Years ago news circulated of a mother who was so forgetful that she left her baby inside the cab that brought her to the Mall. Was it fake news? Psalm 49 asks: “Can a mother forget her baby or a woman the child within her womb?” The Psalm proceeds to answer the question this way: “Yet even if she forgets, I (God) will never forget my own.”

If human mothers can forget their babies, the Blessed Virgin Mary was an exception. There was never a second that she forgot Jesus her son. From Bethlehem to Calvary she was with her son. One may argue that her case was exceptiona­l since her baby was Jesus – the infant no mother can forget any second. But so far she has shown consistenc­y because as Mother of all mankind “it has never been heard that anyone who fled to her protection or sought her intercessi­on was left unaided” (From the Memorare).

Today’s Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe invites us to reflect upon this loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She appeared to Juan Diego at Tepayac Hill in Central Mexico in 1531 as a pregnant woman. The image was miraculous­ly imprinted on Diego’s cape. Scientific investigat­ions on the image revealed that on the eyes of the Virgin in that image is reflected Juan Diego with whom Mary was in conversati­on. We see ourselves in that image of Juan Diego in the eyes of the Blessed Virgin. We are always under her watchful care. She always intercedes for us.

Some people doubt about our need for an intercesso­r and so assail our Marian devotion. Can’t we just deal with God directly and do away with Mary? A similar question can be directed to God: “

Why was it, O God, that you hanged on to Mary’s ‘Yes’ at the Annunciati­on as if your plan depended on her positive response?” If God found Mary indispensa­ble, we should find her even more necessary in our faith journey. People may have the guts to throw her out of their lives. But Mary never will.

– (Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., J.D., D.M.

D@iGITAL-EXPERIENCE (Daily Gospel in the Assimilate­d Life Experience)

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