11/12/2020 – La Palabra mundial del día – Viernes de la 2ª semana de Adviento. – BIBLE – The global Word of the day

PRIMERA LECTURA
Si hubieras atendido a mis mandatos.
Lectura del libro de Isaías 48, 17-19

Esto dice el Señor, tu libertador, el Santo de Israel:

«Yo, el Señor, tu Dios, te instruyo por tu bien, te marco el camino a seguir.

Si hubieras atendido a mis mandatos, tu bienestar sería como un río, tu justicia como las olas del mar; tu descendencia como la arena, como sus granos, el fruto de tus entrañas; tu nombre no habría sido aniquilado, ni eliminado de mi presencia».

Palabra de Dios.

Sal 1, l-2.3.4 y 6
R. El que te sigue, Señor, tendrá la luz de la vida.

Dichoso el hombre
que no sigue el consejo de los impíos,
ni entra por la senda de los pecadores,
ni se sienta en la reunión de los cínicos;
sino que su gozo es la ley del Señor,
y medita su ley día y noche. R.

Será como un árbol
plantado al borde de la acequia:
da fruto en su sazón
y no se marchitan sus hojas;
y cuanto emprende tiene buen fin. R.

No así los impíos, no así;
serán paja que arrebata el viento.
Porque el Señor protege el camino de los justos,
pero el camino de los impíos acaba mal. R.

Aleluya
R. Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya.

V. El Señor llega, salid a su encuentro;
él es el Príncipe de la paz. R.

EVANGELIO
No escuchan ni a Juan ni al Hijo del hombre.
Lectura del santo Evangelio según san Mateo 11, 16-19

En aquel tiempo, dijo Jesús a la gente:

«¿A quién se parece esta generación?

Se asemeja a unos niños sentados en la plaza, que gritan diciendo:

“Hemos tocado la flauta, y no habéis bailado; hemos entonado lamentaciones, y no habéis llorado”.

Porque vino Juan, que ni comía ni bebía, y dicen: “Tiene un demonio”. Vino el Hijo del hombre, que come y bebe, y dicen: “Ahí tenéis a un comilón y borracho, amigo de publicanos y pecadores”.

Pero la sabiduría se ha acreditado por sus obras».

Palabra del Señor.

 

WORD OF THE DAY

11/12/2020

READING OF THE DAY

A reading from the Book of Isaiah
IS 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

GOSPEL OF THE DAY

From the Gospel according to Matthew
MT 11:16-19

Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”

WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER

Seeing these children who are afraid to dance, to cry, who are afraid of everything, who want everything to be safe, makes me think of those sad Christians, who are always criticizing preachers of Truth because they are afraid to open the door to the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for them and let us pray for ourselves, that we do not become sad Christians, who rob the Holy Spirit of the freedom of coming among us through the scandal of preaching. (Santa Marta 13 December 2013)

B. MARY VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE

12 December
 
B. Mary Virgin of Guadalupe  (© Vatican Media)

The meeting with Juan Diego

In 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec who converted to Christianity. At that time Mexico was shaken by violence and continuous violations of human rights and dignity. Indigenous people, in particular, suffered serious discrimination.

The Marian apparitions consolidated the encounter between the indigenous peoples and Christ. Mary presented herself as the «Mother of the true God» and she chose Juan Diego to be her messenger. In fact, he reported that Our Lady told him to build a sanctuary at the place he had seen her. The bishop refused to believe him. Then, on December 12th, 1531, in midwinter, Our Lady caused fragrant roses to grow on that spot. Juan Diego collected the flowers in his cloak. When he opened the cloak, the image of Mary on the fabric appeared before the bishop. She is portrayed as a young indigenous woman, which is why the faithful still call her the «Virgen morenita» (the “Brown Virgin”).

The tilma

The tilma, or mantle, is made from coarse fibers of the Manguey cactus, used in Mexico by indigenous people to make clothing. The Virgin has a dark complexion and wears a pink tunic. She is surrounded by rays of the sun and stands on the moon. An angel appears at her feet.

Mary’s gaze

In the image imprinted on the mantle, Mary’s eyes reflect all the characteristics of the human eye. Extraordinary details are reflected in her eyes, images that are so small they have to be magnified up to two thousand times in order to identify them. An indigenous family group appears in the right eye: they are a woman with a child on her shoulder and a man in a hat that looks like a sombrero. In the left eye appears an elderly man with a beard, identified as the bishop. It is as though this is what Mary would have seen through her eyes at the moment Juan Diego opened his cloak in front of the bishop and the Marian image was revealed for the first time.

The Sanctuary

Mary turns her gaze upon the oppressed and suffering, in particular. Every year, millions of pilgrims visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico where the mantle (tilmàtli) is kept. Juan Diego was proclaimed a saint on July 31st, 2002, by Pope Saint John Paul II and the present Basilica was built in 1976.