Our Lady of Guadalupe

 December 12, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope

Mary appeared to Juan Diego at Guadalupe. She came in a format he could understand, in colors and symbols that resonated with his Indian background and in doing so she united a culture, transformed a country, presenting Christianity in a way that could be understood by all of Mexico. She gave Juan roses in December as proof of her existence.

We have a God who doesn’t hold himself distant from us, who is willing to meet us half-way. God doesn’t insist on just one way of worship, one way of seeing him. God meets us where we are and calls us beyond. God spoke to the people of Mexico through a voice they could understand. God gave them roses in the cold of December to prove God’s great love and God’s presence. God continues to meet us more than half-way and gives us roses in the Decembers of our life.

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.    Zechariah 2:14-15


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