The Gospel Today
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):
As we celebrate today the “fiesta” of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are reminded once again in our Gospel the foretelling of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive in Her womb a Son to be called Jesus, at first, she was very much perplexed or troubled for she had no relation with any man. However, she was told by the angel that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and that the power of the Most High will overshadow her and telling her about her cousin St. Elizabeth. In the end, Our Lady simply answered er “fiat”. This “fiat” of the Blessed Mother according to the saints, paved the way for the salvation of the whole world.
I recalled when I was in the lay mission, every time we brought the pilgrim statue of the Blessed Mother to a jam-packed crowd in the dioceses, parishes, schools, hospital, government offices and even prisons and homes, She would always bring calmness and serenity not only to the people being visited but also to us (who were in-charge of the pilgrimage). I remembered when a lady approached me and told “I thought brother, I was already in heaven!” and many other feedback that would eventually encourage us more to this untiring apostolate especially to the families.
Today’s Gospel once again reminds us of our constant “yes” to God like what the Blessed Mother did, though bothered at first but entrusting everything to God, “Be it done unto me according to your word.”. Let this be a constant guide for us as we navigate in journey of faith to really give more ourselves to God, not only doing things for God, but also evading the things that would bring us far from God like committing sin.
May the Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Philippines, guide even closer to Jesus Christ our Lord and Master.