Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

December 12, 2018 / By: Bishop A. Cozzens

Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47

This month we remember the great gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization and Patroness of the Americas.  Her message is as important for us today as it was in the 16th century.  She brings a message of love, revealing Jesus Christ, who wants to establish a civilization of love in our hearts and in the world. 

Our Lady reveals herself into the Aztec culture of death, where abortion and human sacrifice were frequently practiced.  In her miraculous image on the tilma, she is pregnant, reverencing and welcoming the child in her womb.  She is clothed in the stars of the sky, standing before the sun, with her feet upon the moon, fulfilling the prophesy of Revelation 12 and revealing that she is greater than the things the Aztec people worshiped.  She has her head bowed in prayer and her hands folded, not as another god, but pointing to the true God whom she worships and reveals.  The simple cactus-thread tilma, which was a symbol of rank, reveals her as welcoming the poorest of the Aztec people to be her children.

For the people of Mexico, this miraculous image became a sign that Jesus was with them.  The Aztec people were converted from believing in a god who was fed by human sacrifice and ate his people, to a God who gave Himself as sacrifice and as food for His people.  It was the largest conversion in history.

Today, amid a culture also filled with death and the rejection of God, Our Lady continues to proclaim a civilization of love.  Those who listen to her message will build families of love that reveal Christ to the world.

“Let nothing disturb your face, your heart; do not fear this sickness or any other sickness, nor any sharp or hurtful thing.  Am I not here, I who have the honor to be your Mother?  Are you not in my shadow and under my protection?  Am I not the source of your joy?  Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?  Do you need something more?”

Most Rev. Andrew H. Cozzens
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis