On July 8, Archbishop Gomez celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City for more than 200 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and for the prayer intentions of the whole family of God in Los Angeles. The following is adapted from his homily.
What a privilege to be here in this holy place, in the presence of this sacred tilma. I am so happy to see so many of you come to make this pilgrimage to pay homage to our Blessed Mother.
Ever since I was a young boy and we would come here as a family, I have always felt a profound sense of peace here.
The virgin is our mother, and she loves us so much that she wanted us to have a “portrait” of her face. She wanted us to be able to look into her eyes and to know how much she loves us.