A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who in 1531 appeared to Saint Juan Diego. The story of Our Lady and Juan Diego is fascinating, yet there is one detail that always speaks to my heart. He was a 57-year-old man, yet Mary called him “my beloved little son.” It is with that same love and tenderness that she calls out to each one of us, her beloved little children, so we may grow closer to her son.
The miraculous image of Our Lady speaks to each person in their own unique language. It captivates the attention of scholars and scientists with inexplicable details, yet it captivates the hearts of believers with her presence. Over 20 million pilgrims visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe every year. What is it about this image that draws so many to it? Perhaps it is what is hidden within the image, hidden deep within her womb.
The sacramentality of the presence of Our Lady’s image makes me think of the Blessed Sacrament. Mary did not want to leave her beloved little children alone; her presence allows the thoughts of many hearts to be revealed, and points them to the fruit of her womb, Jesus. Just like she went around the hill to meet up with Juan Diego, who was avoiding her that day, she will go around any obstacle we place between us and God, to meet us and bring us closer to her Son. “She alone led me by the hand to the priesthood, and then to the most Blessed Sacrament” (St. Peter Julian Eymard).
What grace do I need today?
Let us pray:
Father, we thank you for the gift of Mary, our Mother, and we ask for the grace to be open to her love and docile to her guidance. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)