Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today is the feast day of our Lady of Guadalupe. On this day we are remembering the miraculous apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a simple and very humble peasant man, Juan Diego. Our Lady first appeared to the now St. Juan Diego in the year 1531 just outside of Mexico City. When she appeared to him, Our Lady asked that he go to the Bishop and request that a Church be built on the hill where she repeatedly appeared. The Bishop was skeptical, so he asked Juan Diego to show him some kind of sign to prove this was authentic. Our Lady filled Juan Diego’s cloak with fresh roses, which would have been impossible to find because it was winter. When the saint went back to the Bishop, he dropped the roses on the ground before him, only to reveal that on his cloak Our Lady left an image of herself. That image is still on the cloak today, even though, scientifically speaking, it should have been faded away and decomposed many years ago. One of the many unique things about our Lady of Guadalupe is that when she appeared to Juan Diego, she was pregnant with Christ and this is one of the reasons we celebrate this feast during Advent; because like our Lady of Guadalupe, we are awaiting the coming of Christ.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is greatly and most frequently celebrated by many Hispanic cultures, and rightfully so. She is directly responsible for the conversion of all of Mexico. However, did you know that St. John Paul II called her our Lady of the Americas? All of us living in North, South and Central America have been blessed by her appearing to us and she came as an example of peace and love for all people. So as you wait along with Our Lady for the coming of Christ this Advent, take some time today and pray specifically to our Lady of Guadalupe and ask for her intercession to help you prepare for the coming of her son this Christmas.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
If Jesus returned to earth right now, would you be spiritually ready to see Him? In what ways do you need to continue to grow, specifically during this Advent season, to prepare your heart for Jesus?
How can you look to Our Lady today as your model of anticipation and readiness for Christ? In what ways do you need her help and intercession?
How can Our Lady of Guadalupe specifically help you have a deeper conversion to her Son?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Lord, I need you."
"Thank you for your love."
"Have mercy on me."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today, spend time with Our Lady of Guadalupe. Open your heart to her in prayer and ask for her help and intercession. She wants to visit you in prayer today, like she visits Elizabeth in today's Gospel and St. Juan Diego in Mexico. Let her example of openness and closeness to God be your example and model this Advent season; let her help you prepare for the coming of her Son.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Liuzzi, a middle school religion teacher at St. John the Evangelist School in St John, IN.
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