19 Dec Mother of God (Rev 12:1) by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. ~ Rev 12:1
Reflection: Our Lady of Guadalupe has the distinction among Marian apparitions of providing us with an image of herself that could have only come about through supernatural means. It’s an image that contains another image – that of the unborn Christ still in her womb as can be seen from the black wrapping around her upper waist, a sign of her pregnancy. While clothed by the sun and with the moon under her feet, Mary presents to us not only all of creation as we know it but also the begotten God who has revealed himself to us in the Person of Jesus Christ. Take a moment and listen what the stars in her shroud sound like when the image is turned on its side and mapped onto a musical sheet. And wrap yourself in the love of a woman whose choice was LIFE!
* Juan Diego presented this image to the bishop as proof that Our Lady revealed herself on the outskirts of Mexico City in 1531. This week we started a Mexico City LIFE Runners chapter!
Challenge: We are called to honor our parents, our father and our mother. Within that is also a call to be honorable fathers and mothers. Our honor comes not only through the honor we bestow upon our earthly fathers and mothers but also through the honor we bestow upon our heavenly Father and Mother. Allow the grace of God to work through you in this way this Advent Season as we await the coming of our Lord!
FOR THE KIDS! Until Dec 20th (tomorrow!) all tax deductible donations will be matched up to $25,000 to provide 5,000 “REMEMBER The Unborn” jerseys for school chapters. Now at $9,114 – please give to prevent abortion, thank you! See Campaign Progress.
Pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.
Inspiration: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” ~ Lk 1:30-31
All In Christ,
* Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is the publisher at En Route Books and Media and president of WCAT Radio that supports LIFE Runners with 10% of the profits from its books. Sebastian and his wife Stephanie have two children and reside in St. Louis. Full introduction.