What Does Your Mother Look Like?

La-Virgen-de-Guadalupe-3-370x610Have you ever noticed that the Virgin Mary always looks like the mother of the people to whom she is appearing?

For some reason, I was thinking about this all day on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe a couple of weeks ago. I have seen her grace radiate from her picture on the tilma, but part of me feels that it does not do her justice. I think Mary, a mom to all of us, is more enchanting than any picture can capture. I kept imaging Our Lady as she appeared to Juan Diego and the more I thought about it, the more I felt her motherly love. I bet she was beautiful: tan skin with perfect long, dark hair, brown eyes filled with love as she looked at Juan.

The simple detail of relating to her children by looking like their mothers reminds me that Mary is my mother in the truest way. She has a soft spot for her children just like any mother does, but she also reprimands when necessary. There is something so comforting in the thought that God would give us poor sinners a perfect mother such a the Virgin Mary.

When it’s too hard to talk directly to Jesus, entrust your worries to Our Mother and have confidence that she will make your request known to her Son. Her role in salvation began with her “yes” to God and continued throughout her life. Being the flawless mother that she is, Mary must have made countless sacrifices and offerings of love that we don’t know about. Yet, her quiet way undoubtedly made a great impact.

As Blessed Mother Teresa used to pray, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.”

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