Friday, December 08, 2017


SATURDAY, 1ST Week of Advent

December 9, 2017 – SATURDAY, 1ST Week of Advent

St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

Memorial, White


Is 30: 19-21, 23-26/ Mt 9: 35 -- 10: 1, 5a, 6- 8


     Our Lady appeared a few times to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 -1548), a simple Mexican farmer, and gave him a miraculous image of herself on his tilma, preserved until today at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and of the Philippines.


FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 30: 19- 21

     O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. When you cry, he will listen; when he hears, he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of anguish and the water of distress, he, your Teacher, will hide no longer. Your own eyes will see him, and your ear will listen to his words behind you: "This is the way, walk in it."


GOSPEL READING:           Mt 9: 35 -10: 1, 5a, 6- 8

     Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and he cured every sickness and disease. When he saw the crowds he was moved with pity, for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.


     Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the workers are only few. Ask the master of the harvest to send workers to gather his harvest."


     Then he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.


     Jesus sent these twelve on mission with the instruction, "Go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift."



     In the first reading the Prophet Isaiah speaks of the Messiah to teach us. In the Gospel reading we see Jesus, the Messiah, teaching and healing the sick and possessed and giving authority to his disciples to help him teach and heal.


     Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a simple Mexican farmer whom God chose to help bring the Americas to God and the Church through devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.


     Our blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City to have a church built in her honor. The unbelieving bishop was convinced when Juan Diego brought him beautiful roses in full bloom in the winter season. To this date the miraculous image of our Lady on Juan Diego's tilma is preserved at the Basilica of

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.


     Through the ordinary life of St. Juan Diego we glorify God's amazing deeds in his mysterious ways.


     Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines.








Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 


Have a good day!



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