A few years ago we went to Our Lady of Snows Shrine. We visited the church, as we got there early. As we were walking around, I pointed out the “Mary” to Abby (Abby loves Mary). I was explaining to her that in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s mid section was Baby Jesus. My mom, pointed out she had never heard such a thing, but it is semi common knowledge, especially if one is deep in the readings today.
Below, Ill point out each Section, with sections of the Image as well. It is truly amazing, among all the other appearances of Our Lady, how deep in The Revelation account this image is.
The Short Story – Juan Diego Sees Mary…dressed as a Spanish Maiden/Princess. The Bishop asks for a Sign. Our Lady tells Juan Diego to Gather flowers in his Tilma, or cloak. Upon opening his cloak, we end up with the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe,,, which one can see to this day in Guadalupe Mexico.
God’s temple in heaven was
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
We Can see in the full image..our Lady is clearly in the heavens. Often, she appears in the Heavens. Jesus is the Word Made Flesh. The Old Covenant was kept in the Ark. The new Ark, is Mary (Why its silly to go all Raiders and try to find the ark, I digress)
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Again, we see more imagery – The Lady is Standing on the Moon – This happened, and the Sun behind her for two reasons. The people she appeared to, native Mexicans, were Aztec, Mayan, etc… In other words, they worshiped the Sun and Moon. Here she shows she is greater, even then the Pagan gods they worshiped
was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Look Closely at the midsection in the image. There are a couple things occurring here that are particular to Mexican Tradition.
First, the most obvious, the cloak. She is dressed in the garb of someone Betrothed, yet also a virgin, by the design and color of the dress, and the presence of a veil. The Veil includes stars…which also references revelation
However, if we look even more closely, we see the black lace..which is a belt. Notice the HEIGHT of the Belt..and the Protruding Stomach. She is with child.
A sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.”
Finally, we see the rest of the imagery in revelation. If you dint know… Guadalupe… is very much Desert area. Its most fascinating Our Lady..in the Imagery that she presents…appears in a desert area.. thus fully showing that the Lady in Revelation is Mary (and not as some evangelicals will insist..is the church. I digress)
I’m not here to convince you..only to present facts. Like
Juandiego, and the Bishop..it comes down to whether you want to believe or not.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas…and the unborn. Sadly… We Americans are no different then the Aztec of the day. We sacrifice children under the guise of Choice. We make war and conquest. We very much have a caste system.. where people are heavily segmented often based off their roots.
We need her intercession more then ever, this New Ark of the Covenant. Its fitting we celebrate Her during advent.. and at a Half way point between now and Christmas. She points us to Christmas…and the birth. Many will begin a Los Posadas tonight..the night journey… where for 12 days there will be visits to houses… searching for a place. We too can do our own journey.. and with any luck.. well find Him at the end of the Advent Journey.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.