Second Saturday of Advent Reflection

Categories: Advent Reflections

“Nothing will be impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)

Mary gave this same assurance to the Aztec Christian
convert Juan Diego when she appeared to him at
Tepeyac in 1531. The woman seemed to be an indigenous
woman; she spoke the native language but called herself the
Virgin of Guadalupe. He was to take the roses Mary placed in
his tilma to the Bishop’s residence and insist that the Bishop
build Mary’s shrine on her mountaintop. An impossible
request! Yes, but nothing will be impossible for God.

Today we celebrate the miracle of the roses and of Mary’s
image imprinted on that tilma. They still serve as beacons of
hope and compassion for the oppressed, everywhere seeking
to be heard, seeking justice from the powerful.

As we face the issues of our time that oppress us, we need to
take to heart the words Mary spoke to Juan Diego:

Listen, put it into your heart… that the thing that
frightens you, the thing the afflicts you, is nothing:
Do not let it disturb you. Am I not here, I who am your
mother?”

Ruth Platte, SLW
Holiday, Florida