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Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2013

Reflection: 

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in a time of turmoil for the natives in Mexico.  The Aztecs were in war against the conquistadors trying to defend themselves from becoming slaves.  The Spanish Missioners were trying to help the natives in Mexico learn about Christianity.  The appearance from Our Lady of Guadalupe was important because she came to join two different cultures to become one.  She came to speak about Jesus but also she came in presence of a native called Juan Diego.  In which she did not look like the European Virgins but looked like an Aztec princess talking about Jesus.  She represents in Mexico a motherly figure that not only looks like her people but also speaks of love from Jesus and God. 

 

In my family we pray and ask for help from Our Lady of Guadalupe like you would ask a mother for help.  Not only does she hear our prayers but helps us to live a life full of love.  I follow her way of loving others in the work I do; working with children and families who are in system.  When they feel hopeless we come in to look into their lives and point out what is working right and provide help in those areas that they may want help.  The same is when we pray to God he will help us by providing us with what we need not what we want. 

 

Thought Questions:

 

When have I been able to help those in need without asking for anything in return?

What does a mother’s love mean to me?

Have there been times when I feel the love of God from others?

 

Prayer:

 

Lord help us find your love, like you showed your love in Mary and she has taken us in her embrace like only a mother can, we pray. Amen

 

By Maritza Garcia

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 ZEC 2:14-17

 

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! 
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

 

Responsorial Psalm JDT 13:18BCDE, 19

 

R. You are the highest honor of our race.


Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God, 
the creator of heaven and earth.


R. You are the highest honor of our race.


Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.


R. You are the highest honor of our race.

 

Gospel LK 1:26-38

 

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

 

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Comments

Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 13, 2013  |  1:20 PM

Well, I'm finally conscious, again! Getting up at 4 AM for a 5 AM Mass nearly did this old body in! So, yesterday, I was too groggy to try to comment. Now that I have my wits (such as they are) about me, I would say that the beauty I see in Our Lady of Guadalupe is a gentle reminder to "power" that those under them have immense worth and dignity. She didn't "hit the oppressive power in the face," rather, she painted a portrait from roses. When I get disgusted with authority in my life, I need to think of Guadalupe. I find it easy to remember her message about the immense dignity of those "on the bottom" of life, but it's harder for me to remember her respect for the immense dignity of the oppressors--whom she hoped to bring around though gentleness.


Rosa G. Manriquez, IHM  |  Los Angeles  |  December 12, 2013  |  9:42 PM

“Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low.”

--- Isaiah 40: 4

 

The social structure of Mexico City in 1531 was a rigid caste system. Although the original Franciscan missionaries attempted to preserve some aspects of Aztec life, the civil authorities routinely brutalized the natives. African slaves faced worse treatment. Anything that alluded to the prior Aztec way of life was taboo and was punished severely, even by death. I am sure that my ancestors could relate to Isaiah’s prophecy birthed during the turmoil of the Assyrian conquest. I am sure that they still hoped for the appearance of an anointed one to change their situation.

 

They found Isaiah’s message in the picture of Mary imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma. From the symbolism on the image, the Aztecs could read that Guadalupe carried within her body the One who is the salvation of the downtrodden. The thought that this was communicated in the language and writing that was forbidden by the conquerors leaves me awestruck.

 

I am emboldened by this to imagine the scene in the palace of the bishop. Although he has desperately chastised the Spanish oppressors, Zumarraga is still among the privileged. So Juan Diego kneels before him and remains on his knees. The bishop is sitting or standing. As the roses spill out of Juan Diego’s tilma, the image of Guadalupe appears. In order to see it, the bishop places his hands on Juan Diego and raises him to his feet. And, as he realizes what he is seeing, he kneels. In this scenario, all witness the enactment of Mary’s Magnificat that joyfully proclaims the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore the most oppressed.

 

During this Advent season, I invite you to discern privilege in our lives. Where do we assume that we can stand while others are made to kneel?

 

“You have scattered the proud in their conceit; you have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” --- Luke 1: 51-52

 


Rosa G. Manriquez, IHM  |  Los Angeles  |  December 12, 2013  |  9:41 PM

“Let every valley be filled in, every mountain and hill be laid low.”

--- Isaiah 40: 4

 

The social structure of Mexico City in 1531 was a rigid caste system. Although the original Franciscan missionaries attempted to preserve some aspects of Aztec life, the civil authorities routinely brutalized the natives. African slaves faced worse treatment. Anything that alluded to the prior Aztec way of life was taboo and was punished severely, even by death. I am sure that my ancestors could relate to Isaiah’s prophecy birthed during the turmoil of the Assyrian conquest. I am sure that they still hoped for the appearance of an anointed one to change their situation.

 

They found Isaiah’s message in the picture of Mary imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma. From the symbolism on the image, the Aztecs could read that Guadalupe carried within her body the One who is the salvation of the downtrodden. The thought that this was communicated in the language and writing that was forbidden by the conquerors leaves me awestruck.

 

I am emboldened by this to imagine the scene in the palace of the bishop. Although he has desperately chastised the Spanish oppressors, Zumarraga is still among the privileged. So Juan Diego kneels before him and remains on his knees. The bishop is sitting or standing. As the roses spill out of Juan Diego’s tilma, the image of Guadalupe appears. In order to see it, the bishop places his hands on Juan Diego and raises him to his feet. And, as he realizes what he is seeing, he kneels. In this scenario, all witness the enactment of Mary’s Magnificat that joyfully proclaims the fulfillment of God’s promise to restore the most oppressed.

 

During this Advent season, I invite you to discern privilege in our lives. Where do we assume that we can stand while others are made to kneel?

 

“You have scattered the proud in their conceit; you have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” --- Luke 1: 51-52

 


Linda Trujillo  |  Los Angeles  |  December 12, 2013  |  12:15 PM

Linda Trujillo  |  Los Angeles  |  December 12, 2013  |  12:14 PM

Linda Trujillo  |  Los Angeles  |  December 12, 2013  |  12:14 PM

Mother Mary, please bring us closer to your Son.  Help us to give birth to the light in us, that we may be a symbol of hope for others.  Pray for those who are new mothers this year and guide them in your eternal love, pray for mothers who have passed and comfort their families this Christmas, pray for mothers who have lost children that they may find peace in their hearts this Christmas, pray for those who hope to be mothers one day and bless them with your unending hope, pray for those who are separated from their mothers that they may be rejoined in love, pray for those who have never known their mother that they may know a mother's love through you. In Jesus Name, Amen.


Michelle  |  .  |  December 12, 2013  |  10:02 AM

Sweet Mary, mother to us all. May we face the challenges in life with faith and trust as you did. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint if the Americas continue to pray for us today and always.


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