Addressing more than 300 pilgrims who traveled from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to Mexico, Archbishop José Gomez said that just as they had all traveled to another country in search of Mary and Jesus, that journey should continue when they returned home.

“That’s why we are here,” Archbishop Gomez said. “We come to this country as pilgrims seeking Mary, and seeking Jesus. We come to deepen our discipleship, as followers of her Son.

“In his own way, he has said to each one of you and to me: ‘Follow me.’ ”

For the fifth time — and second since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S. — Archbishop Gomez led the faithful from the archdiocese on a pilgrimage to Mexico, culminating in a special Mass on July 6 at the Basilica Of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, the home of the original tilma of St. Juan Diego featuring the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Archbishop Gomez also led a Mass at Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral during the six-day pilgrimage.

At the basilica, standing under the holy tilma, Gomez told the pilgrims that just as Mary tenderly loved and embraced Jesus, she will do the same for us.

“In this sacred image that she left for us, we can see that she is carrying Jesus in her womb, under her praying hands, his heart is beating beneath her heart,” Archbishop Gomez said. “So we come as pilgrims to this place, and we ask the Virgin of Guadalupe to be a mother to us, and to renew us in the love of her Son.”

Also presented during the Mass were the hundreds of prayer intentions collected from locations across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and online that were brought to the basilica to be blessed. At the end of the Mass, the pilgrims were urged to bring their friends, family and loved ones to next year’s pilgrimage.

“Faith is born in the family, so let us first bring the joy of Jesus, his tender love and forgiveness, to our spouses and children, our parents and grandparents, our brothers and sisters, our uncles and aunts,” Archbishop Gomez said. “And from our homes, let us spread the love of Jesus into every corner of our society! May every person we meet know his promise of salvation….”

From Angelus News