Today’s readings are joyful. We almost feel like we are already in the Christmas season. The readings bring us a sense of peace and comfort almost to the point of forgetting our greatest struggles, even if just for a moment. 

This peace and comfort can extend out to our daily lives since it comes from the promise of the Lord who will dwell among us (Zechariah 2:15 ), by a woman who is “clothed with the sun” and “gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod” (Revelation 12: 1, 5). This woman, the essence of femininity, seen through her generosity and givenness in her fiat, (Luke 1:39-47) is always looking to bring us to her son by making sure our needs are met.

We see this played out in Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast we celebrate today, in her interactions with Saint Juan Diago. Mary, in her motherly tenderness and care, said to 

Saint Juan Diago as she does to each of us:

“Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing. Do not let your countenance, your heart be disturbed. Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you…” – Our Lady of Guadalupe 

As you go about your day today, your Advent journey, and the pilgrimage of this life, let nothing disturb you. Surrender your greatest struggles and sufferings: disease, pornography addiction, finances, friendships, family, school, etc. Give everything to she who is the cause of our joy as we look forward to the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

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Amanda Zurface is the Catholic Content Specialist for Covenant Eyes. Amanda holds a License and MA in Canon Law and a BA in Catholic Theology and Social Justice. Amanda has served in various roles within the Catholic Church both in the United States and internationally. She is the co-author of Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture and Transformed by Beauty. She resides in Pueblo, Colorado, where she also serves as the Vice-Chancellor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo.






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