Monday of the Third Week

Readings

Zec 2:14-17
Jdt 13:18BCDE, 19
Lk 1:26-38

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Mary sets out to visit her cousin Elizabeth in the town of Judah. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, the child in Elizabeth's womb leaps at which point Elizabeth says,“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
This gospel is so fitting on the this feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Like Elizabeth’s excitement over Mary’s visit, Juan Diego, to whom Our Lady appears on the hill of Tepeyac, is awestruck by Our Lady’s apparition. Several times, however, he questions why the mother of Our Lord and Savior reveals herself to him. He deems himself unworthy in completing the tasks Our Lady asks of him for he is but a poor indigenous man with no status in society. But Our Lady, La Virgen, insistently reminds Juan Diego that he too forms part of the Kingdom of God, that he is worthy, that he belongs.
As human beings, we are often wary of accepting God’s invitation to form part of his Kingdom. In part, we deem ourselves unworthy because we are imperfect. Additionally, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to tell one another where we do and don’t belong. We’ve created certain molds and specific standards, we’ve shunned and shamed each other, leaving no room for the grace of God to enter into our lives, for genuine excitement like the one we experience in today’s Gospel.

On this feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe and as we prepare for the arrival of Our Lord Jesus Christ, may we recognize that the Kingdom of God is for all. May we work to tear down the barriers that leave so many out, may we break the standards and expectations, and may we work for justice. Let us all be excited like Elizabeth and her unborn child with Mary’s visit, and let us accept the invitation into the Kingdom as Juan Diego so humbly did.

-Keily Becerra ‘17