Readings for Today
When I think of celebrations like Our Lady of Guadalupe, which we celebrate today, I cannot help but think of the preferences of God for the vulnerable. I think this is because I am more attentive to my faith when things are not going so well. While I am not happy that I do not seem to be as attentive to God when things are going well, I am not sure my experience is that much different than others. For example, I remember a prayer that asked for balance in life. “In times of adversity, let me not forget prosperity, O Lord, and in times of prosperity let me not forget adversity.” The point of the prayer is to make sure that we understand both adversity and prosperity as invitations from God for our faith to grow.
The celebration of the Blessed Mother, today under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, reminds us that regardless of whether or not we are high and mighty or lowly, we can become the means God uses to invite others to faith. The lesson of today is clear. Clergy or lay, woman or man, rich or poor, we see how God uses everyone, regardless, because of the action and love of God for all people. Whether it is Juan Diego or the Blessed Mother, or you or me, everyone has a part to play in God’s plan of salvation.
This second chance to recognize how much it is that God loves and cares for us through the faith of Mary is a special gift during the season of Advent. The Blessed Mother made literal room for the body of Jesus within her, but that was because her heart was already so full of God’s presence. Certainly her life was filled both with prosperity and adversity. But through it all she was faithful. Such is what we must do as well. In good times and in bad times, when things are going well and not so well, we must remember that God is always present in our lives, always loving us, always seeking to bring us the eternal benefit of a deeper relationship with Jesus.