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Sharing the Word for December 12, 2016 – Third Week of Advent – Year 1

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2016

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Luke 1:26-38


The angel’s words to Mary, “Do not be afraid”, are something many people in today’s world need to hear. Given the availability of 24/7 TV news, it is hard to avoid seeing the many places where entire nations and populations are in turmoil–real life and death situations. We are fortunate to live in a nation where for the most part we have a safe environment. Yet, even so, we can see a deteriorating sense of basic right and wrong in our society.

It’s not difficult to understand good people wondering “where is God in all of this turmoil and violence?” Well, the truth is that God is right in the middle of all those helpless people who are struggling to survive in life-threatening conditions. They are indeed HIS people.

It is the story of the sin of humanity throughout history. Evil people thrive while the good and innocent bear the brunt of suffering. As Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary took her place on the side of those who are poor and powerless in this world. And that is why Jesus’ own life and unjust sufferings remind us that the good suffer as Jesus did. More importantly, through Jesus and Mary we are reminded that this life is not the whole story of life. There is an eternity to follow where the righteous and innocent will rejoice.