Our Lady of Guadalupe

18 Jun

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 17 After Pentecost 09 Oct 2011

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Last week I tripped into one of those holy, ordinary conversations with a friend not realizing it had any significance at the time, but God had other plans.  That conversation stirred up memories of having seen the actual cloak that Juan Diego wore when Mary visited him in Guadalupe, Mexico in 1531.  As I recalled this excursion to see Our Lady of Guadalupe, which at the time was some fourteen or fifteen years before my calling, I now realized that I had had a mystical experience there.  The crowds had disappeared and I had been drawn “into” the images and symbols depicted in the picture on the cloak.  Even though I didn’t have words to describe it, I had “gotten” something in that experience on a cellular level, even though I didn’t know what I had gotten.  All I knew was that I understood something profound and deep.  This was no academic, touristy, exercise.  I had been drawn into a multi-dimensional reality.  Thankfully, at the time I was more curious than concerned.  I said nothing to anyone, but then again whom was I supposed to tell?  I didn’t know this was a mystical experience.  Good Protestants don’t think about these things, let alone talk about them.

So, here I was years later talking about this mystical experience with my dearest friend.  The next day my curiosity led me to the website of Our Lady of Guadalupe,[1] and I saw the picture once again of what Mary had left inside Juan Diego’s cloak.  This time I started to tremble, because now I had more understanding than I had had the first time around.  I trembled when I read the website link caption: “Our Lady of Guadalupe versus the Red Dragon,” and I trembled when I read the title on the webpage itself: “The Image and the Red Dragon.”  I wasn’t trembling out of terror or fear, but out of the magnitude of awe from what I now knew and understood at the cellular level after having been living into my Calling for almost four years.  I “knew” this image and intimately knew the “Red Dragon.” (see Rev 12)  I knew the story and the backstory because I’d been personally living it.  And I knew God’s love for all of us and His plans for victory over this beast.  But knowing doesn’t do squat.

I have shared this journey with the archetypal ‘Seven Churches’ just as Christ has asked me to do.  I have asked each of the ‘Seven Churches’ to follow Him.  I have “shared the journey” (as given to me through my Calling directives) to serve Him in Word and Spirit and deed just as God has asked me to.  And the Church didn’t want to hear it.  The collective conglomerate that makes up the whole Church as Institution has been stepping into the words of today’s Parable of the Wedding Banquet.  And the results have been just as He said they would be. 

Mt 22:8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

Don’t you hate it when Dad’s right?

Truly, He really did say, “everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” (Mt 22:4)  The Red Dragon only has power because we don’t talk about “it.”  The collective Church’s greatest fear is not being able to communicate.  (But God is on the move!)  My greatest fear is lack of intercommunication with the Churches.  (And yet God has “shown” me that reconciliation with the Churches is part of His plan even though we don’t talk about “it.”  Yeah!  Reconciliation!  You go, God!)  Even though my heart treasures the hope of reconciliation, I am still reeling from the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, because this is so personal.  I ran to Christ panting and terribly afraid.  I asked:  “What should I do??!”

He said, “Listen.”

So I listened.

He said, “I told Peter to watch and pray.” [Mk 14:38]  I also said to him, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” [Mt 16:18]  The Church has done exactly as I asked of Peter.  They have watched and prayed.  I told the ‘Church in Ephesus’ to remember their First Love.  They have.  I told the ‘Church in Smyrna’ to be faithful and they have been.  I told the ‘Church in Pergamum’ that I would fight against idolatry with the sword of My mouth.  And I have been.  I told the ‘Church in Thyatira’ to denounce Satan’s so-called deep secrets, and I have confronted them, and Satan.  I told the ‘Church in Sardis’ to repent and wake up.  They are.  You have been witnessing this.  I told the ‘Church in Philadelphia’ to keep My Word and not to deny My Name.  They did, but they did not love you.  They did not care and repeatedly said, “I don’t give a rip.”   The ‘Church in Laodicea’ was too entrapped in their own desires and wills.  They had access, ability, power, and possessions, and succumbed to selfish pride.  Satan then eroded their confidence.  They told you many times, “You pray in the garden and wait, and we’ll be blessed.”  And they were.  The ‘Seven Churches’ that make up the Church as Institution did exactly what I told Peter:

Mt 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And they, too, fell into temptation just as Peter did, even though they watched and prayed.

“Like father like son?  [cf Rev 12:5]  Lord, what should we do?” I asked.

He answered by quoting Revelation 4:10,

They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
   to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things,
   and by Your will they were created
   and have their being
.”

“Excuse me, Lord” I said.

Yes.”

“What about the wedding banquet?” I asked Him.

He answered the same thing He had said to His servants in Matthew 22:8-9

The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.”

 

17 After Pentecost                           09 Oct 2011                           Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

Exodus 32:1-14
32:1 When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

32:2 Aaron said to them, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

32:3 So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron.

32:4 He took the gold from them, formed it in a mold, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”

32:5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a festival to the LORD.”

32:6 They rose early the next day, and offered burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

32:7 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely;

32:8 they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!'”

32:9 The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are.

32:10 Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”

32:11 But Moses implored the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

32:12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.

32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.'”

32:14 And the LORD changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23
106:1 Praise the LORD! O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

106:2 Who can utter the mighty doings of the LORD, or declare all his praise?

106:3 Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.

106:4 Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you deliver them;

106:5 that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory in your heritage.

106:6 Both we and our ancestors have sinned; we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.

106:19 They made a calf at Horeb and worshiped a cast image.

106:20 They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass.

106:21 They forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt,

106:22 wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.

106:23 Therefore he said he would destroy them– had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

Isaiah 25:1-9
25:1 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

25:2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt.

25:3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.

25:4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,

25:5 the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.

25:6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.

25:7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.

25:8 Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

25:9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 23
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Philippians 4:1-9
4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

4:2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

4:3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4:8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

4:9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 22:1-14
22:1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying:

22:2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.

22:3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

22:4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’

22:5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business,

22:6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them.

22:7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.

22:8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

22:9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’

22:10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

22:11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe,

22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.

22:13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

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