By Sr. Esther Pineda, CSJ
Zechariah 2:14-17 (or Revelations 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab) | Judith 13:18bcde, 19 | Luke 1:39-47 (or Luke 1:26-38)
The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe is for the restoration of justice. She highlights the need to be present to those who are poor, to those devastated by war, to those whose voices have been silenced by the pillage of conquest, to those who are rendered invisible by social and political structures. Through Juan Diego, now St. Juan Diego—he was canonized August 2002—she becomes the visible love of God. She is God’s action on behalf of those who are poor. Our Lady of Guadalupe gathers the people and restores their sense of dignity and self-worth, reveals to them that they are both loved and loving and reveals to them the unconditional love of the One God who has not abandoned them.
This is the fundamental imperative of the Gospel.
Her presence becomes a conversion—a call to see the world upside down. . . “The meek shall inherit the earth, the last shall be first,” and so on. She calls on Juan Diego, a poor, uneducated, indigenous peasant and makes him an ambassador with the message for the Bishop of Mexico. The bishop is to build a church on the outskirts of what is now Mexico City . . . among the people who live on the periphery of the city, on the outskirts. Prior to her apparition, the church was located in the heart of the city, in the heart of the commercial and political arena. It was difficult for those living on the outskirts to attend liturgy and avail themselves of God’s word and sacraments. The Church is to be in the midst of the poor. As is often being said, “Option for the poor is not an option, it is a mandate.” It is a mandate from our God, the God who sides with those who are poor, who sides with the anawim of society.
As we continue to contemplate Our Lady of Guadalupe, as we continue to prepare for the coming of her Son, let us be about justice-making.
Sr. Esther Pineda, CSJ is a member of the Pax Christi USA National Council.
6 thoughts on “ADVENT 2012: Reflection for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12”
lovely. thank you.
Our Lady of Guadalupe did indeed give worth to the poor and oppressed, not only in the 16th century but today as well. She is our mother who listens to our pleas for help, for strength, and for commitment to helping others. Thank you for this beautiful Advent resource. Merry Christmas to all as we once again celebrate the birth of our Lord.
Yes, Esther, Option for the poor is a mandate! What a challenging message coming from the loving heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Reminder of those in our midst who cry out to us for support and love. Christine Doman,CSJ
“Her presence becomes a conversion . . . thank you for those words – and all the rest of this thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection.
Marcia Allen, csj
December 12 is an international holiday to celebrate the Virgen of Guadalupe. The millions of people that attend the Mananitas to the mother of Jesus is a testimony of the love that people have for our Lady of Guadalupe; poor and rich walk together to celebrate this grand event.
Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
Thanks for wonderful reflection and reminder of Mary being one with the poor. It is a call to continued conversion of heart on our part.