Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelations 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 139-47
In December of 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a simple Aztec Indian who had converted to the Catholic faith. Three days later, at Juan Diego’s request, Mary provided a sign so the local bishop would believe that she actually had appeared. Roses grew out of the cold winter soil, and when Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop what he had found, an image of Our Lady appeared on the fabric. These occurrences led to the conversion of most in Mexico and remain today a strong sign of Our Lady’s concern and love for us.
Church-approved Marian apparitions always point to her Son, Jesus. For many of us with a strong Marian devotion, Mary is a pathway into a stronger relationship with our Lord. Her generosity shown to Juan Diego is the same generosity shown to each of us who chooses to ask for her intercession. Families pray for one another, and she is a very prominent member of our family. May the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a sign of warmth for you in the cold of winter and of Advent hope for a Christ Child that has redeemed the world.
Daily advent challenge:
If you do not already do so, begin to carry a rosary with you daily. It serves as a reminder that miracles continue to happen all around us. We are never alone.