Tuesday, December 10, 2019
THURSDAY, 2ND WEEK IN ADVENT
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Philippines
Zec 2: 14 – 17 / Lk 1: 26 - 38
The image of Our Lady on the tilma (or cloak) of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 – 1548) is miraculously preserved at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines.
1st Reading: Zec 2: 14 – 17
"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you," says Yahweh.
"On that day, many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you. The people of Judah will be for Yahweh as his portion in his holy land. He will choose Jerusalem again.
"Keep still in Yahweh's presence, for he comes, having risen from his holy dwelling."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 26 – 35, 38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean.
But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary; for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus.. He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have no end."
Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin? And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God." . . .
Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.
Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a simple Mexican farmer, asking that a church be built in her honor. The unbelieving bishop was convinced when Juan Diego brought to him roses in full bloom during the winter season which our Lady had provided to him. She also left an image of herself, preserved to this day, on Juan Diego's tilma. Mary appears on the tilma as a native princess, with stars and the crescent moon, symbols of the ancient Aztec religion. In a few years after her apparitions to Juan Diego, six million Aztecs were converted to Christianity.
Pope St. John Paul II praised Juan Diego for his simple faith and humility, "a nobody, a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end of a leaf," but the chosen emissary of our powerful God.
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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