Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19A; 12:1-6A, 10AB
In 1531, Our Lady appeared to a simple Aztec Indian who had converted to the Catholic faith, Juan Diego. Three days later, at Juan Diego’s request, Mary provided a sign in the form of roses and an image on his cloak so that all would believe that what he claimed to have seen was true. Today, Christians revere Our Lady of Guadalupe all throughout the world.
Some will believe without seeing, but many will need some evidence before they take a leap of faith. In stewardship, we are called to cultivate our gifts and grow them to an increase. Many people will claim that they are living a stewardship way of life, but it will be through the abundance of fruits in their lives that people will come to believe. Evidence of generosity, compassion, love, and gratitude will sway others. Some will seek to live their lives in a similar fashion.
During this Advent season, we have the opportunity to provide evidence of our commitment to Christ by our actions. We must not let this season become about commercialism and material gifts. This season is about preparing our hearts to allow Jesus to touch us more profoundly in the experience of Christmas. Maybe our acts of kindness and generosity will help someone else’s heart soften for Jesus. That is when real miracles can occur, just like roses growing in the winter.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Advent Challenge:
Pray at least one decade of the rosary, asking for assistance in living a stewardship way of life.