Sing and rejoice, daughter Zion! Now, I am coming to dwell in your midst—oracle of the Lord. Many nations will bind themselves to the Lord on that day. They will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion of the holy land, and the Lord will again choose Jerusalem. Silence, all people, in the presence of the Lord, who stirs forth from his holy dwelling.
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A text from a friend: “Want to grab dinner tonight?”
“Yes!” you reply. “Free all night.”
“Great. Dorothy and Anthony are coming, too.”
Ugh, you think. You can’t stand Dorothy and Anthony. You wanted time alone with your friend.
This isn’t unlike today’s first reading: “I will come and dwell in your midst,” says the Lord. That’s great!
But… “Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day.” Oh man. God’s bringing friends.
It’s easy to think that it’s all about me and my personal relationship with God. But God demands more: God who is community challenges us to live in community. God always brings friends—typically the marginalized and excluded, who we’re least likely to invite to our dinner parties.
Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our shared Mother, reflect on those friends of God we tend to ignore, demonize or exclude. How can we build up God’s global family?
—Eric Clayton is a senior communications manager at the Jesuit Conference.
O God, Father of mercies, who placed your people under the singular protection of your Son’s most holy Mother, grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
—Collect prayer from today’s MassPlease share the Good Word with your friends!