Nothing Will be Impossible for God
December 12, 2016
I sit down to write this having just returned from Mass at the Missionary of Charity Convent on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Gospel reading for Mass today (one of two choices) was the Annunciation, which was read now for the second time in a few days and will be heard again soon! As I reflect on the Our Lady of Guadalupe, I am struck by one line of the Gospel in particular, that I think speaks volumes about what this Feast truly means: “Nothing will be impossible for God”.
It's only in recent years that I have a deeper appreciation of Our Lady of Guadalupe and what we celebrate on this feast. Really it is only since I began to preach and was forced to learn more about the apparitions at Tepeyac (okay, I forced myself so I wouldn’t sound stupid) that I gained a sense of what all they “hype” was about. This feast is about the fact that NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD! God intervened in human affairs and our attempts to evangelize in sixteenth century Mexico to ensure that the Good News of the Gospel was heard, loud and clear and with the fullness of its message of love and mercy. The friars who came as missionaries to their “New World” brought the Gospel message of God’s love and mercy, but tagging along behind the armies who first sought to conquer, destroy and divide. So, when the Word could not be heard through their lips, God sent his Mother to tell the Good News… but he sent her to Juan Diego as one who looked like him, talked like him, and spoke in words of comfort and peace: “My dear little son, I desire you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, Mother of the true God who gives life and maintains its existence. He created all things. He is in all places. He is Lord of Heaven and Earth.”
The message of God’s love, conveyed through the lips of a Mother, had tremendous effect in the live of the people of Mexico at the time… within a few short years over NINE MILLION people were baptized into the faith, a faith in God who is one with his people. As we celebrate this feast, on the brink of Christmas, let us reflect on the God who calls out to us and to all people as his daughters and sons- filling us with his love, peace, mercy and joy- to be the messengers of Gospel love and boundless mercy to our world today. As Mary chose Juan Diego to bring her message to the bishop, so God chooses us- frail and weak as we are- to be his heralds… and he ensures his message will be heard, loud and clear, because Nothing Will Be Impossible for God!
O God, Father of mercies, who placed your people under the singular protection of your Son's most holy Mother, grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!