Mary of the Month (December 2011)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Advent – the whole world is in expectation of the birth of Mary’s Son, and my favorite expectant Mary is Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom we celebrate on December 12th. When looking for a picture of La Guadalupana, I found this beautiful and very evocative image, connecting Our Lady of Guadalupe with the woman in the Apocaplypse:

And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and with moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another sign appeared in heaven; behold a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne…The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth. – Revelation 12:1-6

Reflecting on Mary’s pregnancy is a reminder that the dignity of the unborn is part of our faith from the very, very beginning. Jesus started His journey through the dangerous life on planet earth the same way we all did…and the dragon has been trying to swallow him up ever since. Welcoming Christ begins in utero. +