Friday, December 12, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration of this Feast recalls the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the hill of Tepeyac (outside of Mexico City) from December 9-12 in 1531, when Our Lady left an image of herself on the tilma worn by the native Aztec con- vert Juan Diego. Less than 20 years later, 9 million of the indigenous people who had professed for centuries a polytheistic and human sacrificing religion, converted to Catholicism.
Almost 500 years later Juan Diego’s tilma with the image of Our Lady, as ‘described’ in the Book of
Today’s readings speak about faithfulness or lack thereof. Are we faithful? Are you faithful to your spouse, your family and your friends? Moreover, are we faithful to our state in life, vocation, and baptism? Today is the first Sunday of Advent – a time to re-examine our faithfulness to the Lord.
Advent is a time of preparation for coming of the Lord - at Xmas, and at his Second Coming or the end of our life. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us to be watchful and alert because we don’t know when he will return.
Sunday, November 30, is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent has a twofold character: as a time to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas when the Son of God’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, the season of Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.
Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope:
• Waiting-memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in our mortal flesh; waiting-supplication for his final, glorious coming as Lord