December 12, 2020

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

There are two choices for both the first reading as well as the gospel today. Obviously, none can refer directly to Our Lady of Guadalupe, but they do allude to the total commitment Mary had to God’s will in her life. The same is true now of her love for the body of Christ, the church, and especially for the church in the Americas, of which she is the patroness.

If our problem today is how to handle the immigrants who come to our shores, in 1531, Mary appeared not to the Spanish who came to Mexico, but to a poor peasant to whom she showed her concern by speaking is his own language, and giving him an image of herself not as Spanish but as an Aztec princess.

This feast provides us with an incentive to reach out to our Mexican brothers and sisters living in the United States and reconnect with them in a sense of solidarity. It is also a challenge to look with love for our sisters and brothers hoping to come to our country (as well as the many from Central America). Rather than demonizing them, we should recognize them as loved by Christ and his mother. For the most part, we share the same faith. The fact that Mary is the patroness of the Americas provides us with a bond that extends beyond any historically contingent divisions.

Concern for migrants and refugees has a strong foundation in Scripture. It is also grounded in the Eucharist that we celebrate. There Jesus invites us all to share at his table as sisters and brothers. Can we fail to have compassion for those whom Christ loved enough that he sent his mother to them as proof of his concern?

Let Us Pray:

O loving God, you sent Mary to our continent so many years ago. May her love and concern for us inspire us to have the same love and deep concern for our brothers and sisters south of our borders.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.