Tuesday, December 12


Zechariah 2:14–17


In the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, imprinted on the tilma of St. Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary stands on a crescent moon with rays of the sun shining behind her. The moon is an important symbol of Mary, who reflects the light of Christ. In this image, standing on the moon reveals Mary’s victory over the Aztec goddess of the moon, who was associated with human sacrifice and death. The rays of the sun point to Jesus Christ, who, in the Guadalupe image, the Virgin Mary carries in her womb. He is the Son of God and the true light of the world. The sun also represents the Eucharist and the Resurrection, which happened on the morning of the third day.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas and Star of the New Evangelization, your message on Tepeyac Hill continues to transform hearts. May your prayers bring back your sons and daughters who have strayed to live in the light of the Gospel of your son. Amen.


Light a candle near a statue of the Virgin Mary, perhaps in your home or in your parish church, as a sign of your devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you tomorrow.