LJM Immigration Team Advent Reflection – Week 2

In 1531, according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous Aztec convert.  She requested a shrine be built in her honor. When Juan conveyed her message to the skeptical bishop, he was asked for proof.  Juan Diego returned to Mary and told her she should find someone more important; she insisted that she wanted him for the task.  The next day, when Juan Diego again went to see the bishop, Mary miraculously imprinted her image on Juan’s cloak. The bishop accepted this as a sign, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was built.  To this day inscribed at the entrance of the Basilica is: “¿No estoy yo aquí que soy tu madre?” (“Am I not here, I who am your mother?”).  We see in this event, like so many throughout time, God’s preferential option for the poor and vulnerable to do God’s bidding.

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