Friday, March 08, 2013

Mary's Motherly Tenderness

The beautiful story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a vivid, touching reminder of how much Mary cares about us and wants to help us in our needs. While it offers much to reflect on, here are a few points that we can apply to our own lives.

1. Mary called Juan Diego by name

Not only did Mary call him by name, but she used an affectionate term, almost a nickname, “Juanito . . . Juan Dieguito.” This shows us how tender and loving Mary is, that she not only knows each of our names but our nicknames too. This tells us that we can approach her with great confidence and love. 

In the Bible, knowing someone’s name means to really know that person. The Book of Revelation says, “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it” (Rev 2:17).

Isn’t it beautiful to think that God has given each of us a special name, one that no one else knows except God and ourselves? And while this passage doesn’t specifically mention Mary, it is reasonable to think that Mary knows our special name too. This name expresses who we really are, and what we are called to do. In calling us by our special name of grace, Mary will lead us to her Son Jesus, who will fill us with graces and blessings.

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