Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Second Thursday of Advent

December 12, 2013


Our Lady of Guadalupe

Below you will find a short reflection for today, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, the 2nd Thursday of Advent. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it. 
Also, we want to share with you an extraordinary witness that has been taking place for the past month on the national mall. A fast was initiated by immigrant families, many of them undocumented and many with a loved one who has been deported, and many local Pax Christi USA members have joined the fast and supported those fasting. Pax Christi USA has endorsed the fast and we are inviting our entire membership, partners and friends to join with these fasters today, Thursday, December 12, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Click here for more information about the fast and how you can support immigration reform.


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12


by Sr. Dianna Ortiz, OSU


Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10b | Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47


Mary: The Revolutionary Promise


"And Mary said, 'My soul proclaims the greatness of God; my spirit rejoices in God my savior" (Luke 1:46-47)


On this day, celebrated especially in the Americas, we remember the Mary who visited the humble peasant, Juan Diego, and ask again just who this woman is and what her message is for us today.


So often Mary is depicted on a throne of gold, looking down upon us. Her radiant glory obliterates even the stars in the sky. But is this truly the Mary who speaks to us today? When the Angel first came to her, she sat on no throne. She was young, poor, and seemed no different from others around her. The Angel's glad message mentioned nothing of her impending homelessness, exile, or how she would bear witness to the torture and execution of her son. She was chosen not only to be the mother of Jesus, but to have a searing understanding of the pain and the sorrow that those who are poorest among us may feel...


In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

P.S. To see more Advent reflections from Pax Christi USA, click here.