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SATURDAY OF THE TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME, OCTOBER 14, 2023



El Señor del Rebozo

Chapel in Santo Domingo Church




Gospel


While Jesus was speaking,

a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,

"Blessed is the womb that carried you

and the breasts at which you nursed."

He replied, "Rather, blessed are those

who hear the word of God and observe it."





REFLECTION

"Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed."

He replied, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."


Our pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe was a spiritual pilgrimage. We were, of course, physically there, but our hearts and souls were in the presence of God. One of the small chapels at the Santo Domingo Church had a very interesting legend or story to explain the many rebozos or shawls seen.



Santo Domingo Church

Mexico City


There are many miracles attributed to the bloodied, beaten Jesus carrying the wooden

Cross. And for each miracle, a rebozo or shawl is left at the chapel. Every first Friday Mass celebrates El Señor del Rebozo. (The Man with the Shawl)


Legend has it that there was a nun living in the convent next to the church, St Catherine of Siena, where this statue originally was kept. The nun's name was Severa de Gracida and she had a great devotion to this particular image of Jesus. Daily after Mass she would spend hours praying before Him. Every day she would see Him more tired and more sad. However, age caught up with her, and she was not able to visit Him at the Church. She would pray to the image from her cell.


On a cold and rainy night, she yelled out to Jesus to allow her to cover his Body and keep Him warm. She begged for Him to come visit her. There was a knock on the door. With a lot of effort she got out of bed and opened the door to a very cold, sparsely clad thin man who begged for food and a coat. She gave him bread soaked in oil and a wool rebozo or shawl. She died shortly after that. Her body smelled of roses and she had a smile on her face when the other sisters found her.


Such faith from Sister Severa de Gracida! Like the unknown woman in today's Gospel, she was moved by His love, teachings, and example. This was her litany of praise to God. Yes, Mother Mary was blessed for bearing the Son of God, nursing Him and raising Him up to manhood, but she and all of us are much more blessed for having fulfilled and kept the Word of God to perfection.


Maybe one day when we go back to see Our Lady of Guadalupe, I can leave a rebozo for many answered prayers. She always shows us the way to her Son. We all know He listens to His Mother's requests.


Hopefully, one and all can join us for our next spiritual pilgrimage.




God Bless You

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