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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Zechariah 2:14-17
Judith 13:18-19
Luke 1:39-47

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"Blest is she who trusted that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled." —Luke 1:45

If we would just obey God's commandments, Christmas would be fantastic, our prosperity like a river, and our vindication like the waves of the sea (Is 48:18). Our descendants would be as numerous as the grains of sand and our name never cut off (Is 48:19). There'd be no stopping us.

The Lord says: "If only My people would hear Me, and Israel walk in My ways, quickly would I humble their enemies" (Ps 81:14-15). However, we act "like children squatting in the town squares" (Mt 11:16). We disobey others but want others to obey us. We need someone to teach us obedience. The ideal people for this job are parents. Parents both call for and develop obedience in their children.

When Jesus from the cross told Mary to adopt us and be our mother (Jn 19:26), He was giving us someone to teach us obedience. Mary was perfectly obedient, always doing the Father's will. She is both a parent and the expert in obedience. She can certainly teach us to rely on the Lord's grace and obey. She will constantly exhort us to obey Jesus and "do whatever He tells" us (Jn 2:5). With Mary, we can say and live: "I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say" (Lk 1:38).

Prayer:  Father, thank You for parents and pastors, brothers and sisters, and especially Mary, who teaches us to obey You.

Promise:  "See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord." —Zec 2:14

Praise:  Our Lady of Guadalupe chose to work through a poor man and his bishop to change the world.

Reference:  (Presentation Ministries offers the opportunity to stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit at the weekend retreat, Beyond the Life in the Spirit Seminar, Feb. 11-12, 2006 in Cincinnati, OH at St. Leo's Church. For information on this or other retreats, call 937-205-0128 or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005

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