Monday of the Third Week of Advent - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
At the halfway point of Advent the Church gives us a moment to pause and recollect ourselves as we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mary in the miraculous Tilma of Juan Diego reminds us that she is the woman of Revelation, the great sign in the sky, who “gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations” (Rev. 12:5). The Lord “will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, … and of his Kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:32-3). Mary points us to what is to come. She points us to her son Jesus Christ, our King and our God and in this time of Advent, she invites us to wait and prepare for Him as she did, in prayer.
Mary invites us to imitate her own prayer. She shows us in her encounter with the Angel Gabriel the need to become aware of what we are experiencing, the thoughts, feelings and desires of our heart and mind and relate them to God. She then attentively waits to receive Gabriel’s response. Upon receiving his answer she responds with her total “Yes” to God and conceives by the Holy Spirit. She invites each of us to follow her example and open our hearts to the Lord. So let us take the next 5 minutes and simply notice what is weighing on our hearts and minds. Then trusting that God is present to us, share with Him those thoughts, feelings, and desires and listen for the Lord’s response. It might be a sense of peace or joy, a word or thought, a song or an image. It might come immediately or later in the day. What is necessary is that we listen and wait, for our God always responds and then say “Yes” as Mary did.
Fr. Steve Borello, St. John Vianney College Seminary