They say when you look into a person’s eyes, you can see
into their soul. These eyes in
particular lead into the very soul of Christ, for it was in her own womb that
the son of God made his home. These eyes also show forth two important
characteristics of Mary, characteristics that we who look to her as the first
disciple, can follow her Son more closely.
They are her motherhood, and her virginity.
Mary is Mother
not kid ourselves, there is no more important person than a mother. Not to put
down fathers but the mother does extra duty.
She houses the child in her own body for almost a year, building a strong
relationship with that child. The
laughter, friendships, challenges that she experiences are also experienced by
the child living in her womb. This is the
beginning of what we know as “communion”…relationship with the other. We owe Guadalupe the honor of being the
bearer of Christian community which we are a part of. Not only is she the dark virgin of the native
Aztec people, but she is the mother of us all-in the two American
continents. We are bound to each other
through her communion with her son.
Mary is Virgin
quality all people can strive for. While
we know she was pregnant, as the image shows, but we also believe that she
remained forever a virgin. She offers to us a virginity that is more than a
physical condition but a spiritual state of moral purity. Striving always for the good. And while we
struggle with the great moral questions we face, her purity reminds us that we
can obtain it in our thoughts, words, and actions. For thoughts of seeing others as objects for
gratification and or seeing others as somehow inferior or unworthy are immoral.
Seeing the other as sister, brother,
fellow disciple keep us morally pure and undefiled, untouched by the snares of
the devil and full of God’s life always being born in the places where we
dwell. Let us guard this purity of heart
against those who would seek to divide us, and we know the devil loves
So may we honor her Son by imitating these two qualities as
they are His own teachings. And may we
continue, through the Eucharist we will receive, through the food and
fellowship that will follow, to commit to a real communion with each other
regardless of language or nationality.
And may we treat each other as would Christ, with pure motives and a
clean heart. After all she is the mother
of us all. Viva La Virgin De Guadalupe!