“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45)
On This Date…
On December 12, 1531, a Tuesday, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the top of the hill where he found roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered them in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady who sent him to the bishop with the roses as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to be built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That cloak now hangs above the main altar of the church that was built. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas.
Of our Lady, her cousin, Elizabeth, said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, a model for us.
– Father McLaughlin