Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Malvern Minute

 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Revelation 11:191, 12:1-6a, 10ab

Psalm – Judith 13

Luke 1:26-38

In today’s Gospel we read the story of the Annunciation, of an angel appearing to a young woman who is troubled and frightened by the request from God before her – and she says YES.  Humility can be so difficult and yet we are invited to watch as Mary realizes there will be awkward questions to answer. Her family will be disgraced, and certainly she must have felt pangs of fear at the task of being mother of the Savior of the world.  And still she says, YES!

Today in North America, we also celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  In the year 1531, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, a humble man in Mexico.  She asked him to go to the place of the Bishop of Mexico and request that the Bishop build a church on the site where she stood.  Juan Diego knew he would not have credibility with the Bishop, but he did what she asked.  When he returned without having success with the Bishop, he begged Mary to pick someone else as her messenger, “someone of importance, well known and respected, and esteemed, so that they may believe in him; because I am a nobody.”  Mary sent him back to the Bishop again, a task he accepted.  Eventually he was believed and the church was built. 

How many times in our lives are we called to do something…but are sure someone else could do it better?   “Please God, don’t ask me to stand up for this injustice.  It needs someone with more stature to fight this battle.”   But I am being asked to stand up for the poor.  How will I respond?  This is how:

“Please, Lord, don’t ask me to do this.  I’m not good at being ignored or mocked and that’s what will happen if I really search my heart and listen to what you ask.”

YES! YES! And, YES!

Sisters and brothers, Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything we aren’t capable of doing.  He asks us to follow Him in the humility and poverty that was His life.  He asks us to stand on the side of the poor and to accept everything that goes with that.  Only if we realize that our YES brings us closer to our Lord with every humiliation, can we do it with courage and faith. 

Question of the Day:  Do you have the faith, loyalty, and persistence of Saint Juan Diego?

Prayer:  Saint Juan Diego, our first saint from the Americas, pray for us. 

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