In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
What do you do when faced with choices? In one of the Gospel choices for this Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary faced a choice: stay home and get ready for her own baby or go to her kinswoman Elizabeth and lend assistance. Not only did she opt to help, but also traveled in haste. My favorite artistic depiction of this story is Br. Mickey McGrath’s colorful Windsock Visitation. Two women who say “yes” in the face of the unbelievable and their children leap for joy. The Americas rejoice as we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, remembering how she chose a simple peasant, Juan Diego, to carry her message to the bishop. May Mary watch over the “peasants” of our time with tenderness and love. Like Mary, may we say “yes” in the face of the impossible and hasten to show compassion to those in need.
—Susan Kusz, SND serves as Associate Director at the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh, WI.
“No estoy yo aqui que soy tu Madre?” (“Am I not here, I who am your mother?)
—Words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego
Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your apparitions on Mount Tepeyac you promised to show pity and compassion to all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and protection. Accordingly, listen now to our supplications and grant us consolation and relief. We are full of hope that, relying on your help, nothing can trouble or affect us. As you have remained with us through your admirable image, so now obtain for us the graces we need. Amen.
—from the Memorare to Our Lady of GuadalupePlease share the Good Word with your friends!