Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):
(please note this is the Gospel spoken during Mass in the Americas today, in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is a different Gospel passage from the one for the UK today)
‘The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.’
Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And how fitting we should have this Gospel passage! Our Lady of Guadalupe is, after all, Protectress of the Unborn.
Each and every child conceived today is - like Jesus in the passage above - a miracle of God. We are all created by God, for God. Therefore, every child deserves the respect of all mankind. How many little miracles do not see the light of day in our world? Today we must pray, and pray hard, for an end to abortion. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the key to undoing the evil of abortion and we must direct our prayers through her, to God.
Today, in a spare moment, please say at least one Hail Mary through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for an end to abortion. We have already seen numerous abortion clinics close across the United States in the last year or so and we have witnessed an unprecedented show of support for life through the European ‘One of Us’ campaign which amassed 1.8 million signatures across the continent. We also have the recent rejection of the Estrela Report in the European Parliament, providing further evidence that life is winning!
But we must not rest. There are still millions of innocent little miracles dying each and every day throughout the world for no good reason. Please, please, say that Hail Mary today. The miracle of life is so precious. It’s a gift we are all blessed to have received. Why then should we deny it to others….?