Something extraordinary happened on a little hill, Tepeyac, just outside Mexico City between December 9th and December 12th in the year 1531. Up to that point, Christian missionaries had accompanied about 200,000 Native Americans to the waters of baptism and life in Jesus. But, because of what happened during those days in December in the year 1531, in the next seventeen years, 9,000,000 Native Americans repented, believed in the Gospel of Jesus, and were baptized. What in the world happened?

The Holy Words of our Savior from the Cross, “BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER!” were fulfilled for the people of the Americas. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit asked Mother Mary to visit the peoples of the Americas, just like she visited Elizabeth with the Infant Jesus in her womb, beneath her Immaculate Heart, so that they might be filled with the Holy Spirit and joy.

What I would like to do now is to place before you a feast from Heaven: the words that came forth from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, to Saint Juan Diego.

“Do not let your countenance be troubled, your heart be disturbed . . . am I not here who am your Mother . . . are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more?”

Oh, how Mary obeyed those Holy Words of her Son from the Cross! She truly became the Mother of all the living! She truly has the heart of a mother towards all of us. With the heart and eyes of a mother, she sees when we are sad and weighed down by our burdens. But, as a mother, she reminds us: when you were children, was it not enough for you to be able to run into the arms of your mother, and there find all consolation and joy! Remember my Son’s command to become like children and run into your mother’s arms!

“I am truly your merciful mother, yours and all the people . . . my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints, and heal all their sorrows, hardships, and sufferings. . .”

Our Lord and all His saints are not passive in our earthly battles against sin, death, and our enemy, the evil one. In times of hardship, let us cast off the lie that we are alone, that God doesn’t care about our plight, and let us join our hearts to our Mother’s as she intercedes on our behalf before her Divine Son. Let us be confident that our Lord will work our good as He responds to our mother’s plea!

“I want very much to have a little house built here for me, in which I will show HIM, I will exalt HIM, and make HIM manifest!”

Our Mother Mary, in these words, revealed what is her greatest passion: to show all peoples her Divine Son, Jesus; to exalt, to lift Jesus high; and to make Jesus manifest to all. These words of our mother also teach us how to pray and intercede for those of our families and communities that are lost. “Mother, please show your Son, Jesus, to so and so! Mother, please exalt Jesus in the life of . . . ; Mother, please make your Son manifest to so and so!”

Our Mother’s appearances over four days back in December 1531 were the foundation of God’s moving with power to bring 9,000,000 souls to faith in Jesus and the waters of baptism! Can you imagine how the Lord would transform our hearts, our families and our communities, if every day we opened our hearts to do His Holy Will and give glory to His Father! This is precisely Mother Mary’s deepest desire for our lives, that as her children, we would do Her Son’s Holy Will and give glory to our Father!

Lord Jesus, the Magi brought you precious gifts. Help us also give you our very best -- always. As we begin the New Year, let us continue to pray for each other.

Fr. Michael