Sunday, December 12, 2004

Even though the Feast is surpressed...

...I had to mention it here.

In the Church's liturgical life, Sunday is the center hub around which the entire structure rotates. In it we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Therefore, this year, unless you are in a parish dedicated to her, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is not celebrated which is fine. Given all of the perogatives and graces God gave to our Lady, she is still the humble servant.

While many folks associate the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mexico, it must be remembered that the various Popes through the last several pontificates, starting, I think, with Benedict XV, that Our Lady is the empress of the AMERICAS. She is the empress of the U.S.A., Canada, Central America, South America, and Mexico. This truth speaks to the fundamental oneness of the human race and the oneness of the Church. I am not allowed to think of my brother or sister of other extractions as "mud people" who are strangers and aliens in my midst. Instead, they are so loved by God that Mary made an appearance to them for their benefit.

So on this Sunday, where we pause to reflect on the joy the presence of Christ brings when he comes in History, in Mystery, and finally in Glory, let us reflect upon this great servant of the most high God, she who is Daughter Zion, Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, Mother of the Church, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

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