Today we celebrated our last Mass in Mexico at the Parroquia of the Indios. This is the oldest church at the Basilica. The hermitage where Juan Diego lived out the rest of his life after the apparition is located off the altar in this church. What a fitting place for the pilgrimage of St. Juan Diego Parish to celebrate Mass. Fr. Kerns reminded us in his homily that “God loved us first”. As pilgrims, we have spent these last 8 days seeking a deeper relationship with God but we also need to know that God loved us before we even began to seek God. We sang one more round of “Alabare” then headed to Tepozotlan. Tepozotlan is located 41 km from Mexico. Tepozotlan is famous because of its National Museum of El Virreinato, which is installed in a building of the XVII century. The Churrigueresque-style Church houses valuable treasures of Colonial art including golden ornaments of the main altar. Tomorrow we head home to Portland.
O good St. Juan Diego, help us to have the willpower to do our part, the part God asks of us in the continuing work of creation, so that we too can expect a happy conclusion to each mission the Lord or his mother may give us in this world.