Posted by: fvbcdm | December 12, 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (12 Dec 2012)

Today we have the joy of celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of all the Americas from pole to pole. I hope that all of us know the story of Our Lady’s apparitions to Saint Juan Diego near Mexico City just ten years after the overthrow of the pagan empire of the Aztecs and the planting of the cross of Christ on that blood-stained land.

There is one element of the story that I would like to call to your attention today. When the beautiful lady on the hill of Tepeyac appeared to the Indian man, she instructed him to go to the Bishop of Mexico and tell him that she wanted a chapel built on that spot in her honor. She added, “Go and put all your efforts into this.” It was obviously very important to her, and for some reason, she had chosen HIM to accomplish her purpose. As was to be expected, the busy Bishop gave him the brush-off. Every bishop has had experience with strange people approaching them with strange ideas of all sorts. When a simple Indian man comes in, talking about a beautiful lady on a hillside wanting a chapel built, but not providing any money for its construction, the Bishop is understandably less than enthusiastic about the project. Poor Juan Diego returns dejected to the spot and says to Our Lady, “I don’t think he believed me.” And then he added, “I beg you to entrust your message to someone more illustrious who might convey it … for I am only an insignificant man.”

The Mother of God has chosen him to do her bidding, and he says “I am only an insignificant man.” The most holy Virgin does not agree with that at all. She sends him to gather flowers in this land and at this time when no flowers bloom. She arranges them in his cloak with her own hands, and then says to him, “This is the sign and the proof which you will bring to the Bishop so that he will see my will in it. You are my ambassador, very worthy of trust.” Beautiful words! Beautiful graciousness on the part of the Mother of the Lord! Juan Diego says of himself, “I am an insignificant man;” Our Lady says, “You are my ambassador, very worthy of trust.”

God has created each of us; he has brought us into his kingdom through faith, baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist. He is in effect saying to each of us, “You are my ambassador, very worthy of trust!” He knows what he is doing. He knows whom and what he has created and redeemed. And he gives us a vocation to sanctity. It is not for us to say “I am insignificant.” We might not be capable of some jobs, but for what God wants us to do, we are perfectly capable. We are NOT insignificant. Let the words of Our Lady to Blessed Juan Diego always remind us of that. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message in the past.



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