A few days after celebrating Mary’s Immaculate Conception, we honor her as Our Lady of Guadalupe. The feast of Mary’s being conceived without sin can seem to separate her from us as the sinless one, but today reminds us that this privilege only served to make her close to us. Because she was the mother of Jesus, she is now mother to all God’s children, especially the poor and most abandoned.
When Mary appeared to a poor native convert, Juan Diego, she asked him to go to the bishop and tell him that she wished a chapel be built to which all peoples would come to worship, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, the mighty and the lowly – and know each other as God’s children. She is truly the mother of the Church, of God’s pilgrim people. The Gospel presents Mary’s great song of joy, praising God not only for what God has done for her, having looked with favor on her, but for also what God will do through Jesus: lift up the lowly, cast down the mighty from their thrones, fill the hungry with good things.
What does Mary want to bring together in our day?