Today’s first Mass reading is a word of comfort that God does not overlook our work in the vineyard that may, at times, feel in vain.
God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones. We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of hope until the end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who, through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. (First Mass reading, Heb 6:10-12; January 19th, 2021)
Those words of St. Paul find their echo in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s comforting words to St. Juan Diego… words that Our Lady wishes to speak to you, her Little Rabble, tonight:
Hear me, my son. It is true that I do not lack servants or ambassadors to whom I could entrust my message so that my will could be fulfilled. But it is important that you speak for me in this matter, tired as you are… Hear and let it penetrate your heart, my dear little son: let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also do not fear any illness or trouble, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the fold of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do not be troubled… Is there anything else you need? —December 12th, 1531