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DECEMBER 12, 2011

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reading 1: Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6a, 10 or

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17

Psalm: Judith 13:18-19 or Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Gospel: Luke 1:39-47 (or Matthew 21:23-27)

“Blest are you among women and blest is the Fruit of your womb. But who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” —Luke 1:42-43

The title “Guadalupe” is probably a misunderstanding of the Indian word, “Tecoatlaxope,” meaning: “she will crush the serpent of stone.” This is a prophetic revelation that Mary is “a great sign…a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rv 12:1). Mary leads all Christians in accepting her Son’s power to quickly crush Satan (Rm 16:20; Gn 3:15).

The writer of Song of Songs prophesied and questioned: “Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun, as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?” (Sg 6:10) Mary is the answer to that mysterious question. Mary is a great sign of victory because she is the mother of Jesus, Who is the Commander-in-Chief of the armies of heaven (Rv 19:14). She is the mother of the One called “The Faithful and True” (Rv 19:11), Whose name is the Word of God (Rv 19:13) and the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rv 19:16). She is the conquering queen-mother of the all-conquering King, and she is the adoptive mother of followers of this King, who are more than conquerors in Him (Rm 8:37).

Believe and conquer! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Prayer: Father, this Advent send Mary to teach me how to follow Jesus in victory.