On December 12, the church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a national symbol of Mexico. According to tradition, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, who was an Aztec convert to Christianity, on December 9 and again on December 12, 1531. She requested that a shrine to her be built on the spot where she appeared, Tepeyac Hill (now in a suburb of Mexico City). The bishop demanded a sign before he would approve construction of a church, however. Mary appeared a second time to Juan Diego and ordered him to collect roses. In a second audience with the bishop, Juan Diego opened his cloak, letting dozens of roses fall to the floor and revealing the image of Mary imprinted on the inside of the cloak—the image that is now venerated in the Basilica of Guadalupe. (source)
As we continue on our Advent journey, I encourage us to keep an eye out for Jesus in disguise—for surely, God loves showing up in the most unlikely of places. And the Christmas story is perhaps the best example of this.
While sometimes we’re on the lookout for Jesus, we also have the opportunity to be Jesus to one another. As we make our holiday plans, please consider bringing in donations for our Arm in Arm food drive which will continue through Tuesday, December 18. You can bring nonperishable food items to church on Sunday or during the week at the Welcome Desk.
I pray this Advent may be full of opportunities to find God in unexpected places and to be the face of Christ to people in need.
Br. Christopher Mcnabb