Friday of the Second Week
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Zechariah 2: 14-17
Today we celebrate the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and last week we celebrated the Immaculate Conception of Mary. How wonderful to celebrate these holy days in the Season of Advent because Mary is the perfect example of what we are called to be which is people of great hope, staying alert, being watchful and waiting.
In our first reading from the prophet Zechariah proclaim what we know to be true of Mary as the prophet says, “Sing and rejoice, O daughter! See, I am coming to dwell among you.” God dwells in us; this should bring us great hope in all we do today.
In our Gospel, the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Mary is afraid and does not understand what the angel is saying, but yet, she stands right there and says, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Her whole life takes on a whole new meaning, and she is our model of faith.
May we take from this feast day, a little joy knowing that God is with us, and all he asks is that we be at peace with all he will ask us to do. Our Eucharist will go a long way in helping us succeed being people of great hope.