Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe December 12th
…a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child…
This is the image Our Lady left on St. Juan Diego’s tilma or cloak. She is clothed with the sun, standing on the moon, and has a crown of twelve stars. She is pregnant and so Our Lady of Guadalupe is revered as Patroness of the Unborn and also revered as Patroness of the Americas since she appeared in the center of North and South America.
The name of the town she appeared to Juan Diego is very significant and symbolic. Guadalupe comes from the Aztec word means to crush or stamp out the serpent which reminds us of Gen 3:15/
Serpent gods were among the mythological gods worshipped by the Aztecs. Our Lady represented the true God who would replace the pagan gods of the Aztecs. Human sacrifices included one in every five children offered by the Aztecs during ceremonies when drums made of snake skins were beaten.
Just a small number of years after the apparition of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego, millions of the natives had converted to Christianity and twenty million within a decade. So it is true to say that Our Lady is the New Eve who crushes the head of the serpent.
Let us ask our Mother Mary to come and crush the serpents in our culture and the values that direct that culture away from God. Let us ask her to help us replace these false gods with the one, true God, Jesus Christ her Divine Son.
Mother Mary, pray for Now and at the hour of our death, Amen.