Here is another message from Our Lady at Medjugorje. Like the earlier message, I ask that you read it with an open mind even if you are highly skeptical of the events surrounding Medjugorje. If you don’t think that these messages come from Mary then please think of them as coming from a priest or prayer book. It does not make the message any less truthful.
Dear children! In this time of spring, when everything is awakening from the winter sleep, you also awaken your souls with prayer so that they may be ready to receive the light of the risen Jesus. Little children, may He draw you closer to His Heart so that you may become open to eternal life. I pray for you and intercede before the Most High for your sincere conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.
I like Mary’s call for a renewed effort or “awakening” of prayer. I have to admit, lately it has been difficult for me to pray earnestly. For some reason I feel distracted and my prayer time has felt more burdensome than meditative. This message is a great relief that I’m not alone in feeling weary on my spiritual journey. Jesus knows that for many of us prayer does not come naturally and easily. But he urges us, through His Mother, to dig deep down and make that extra effort to pray and do His will because ultimately it is good for us.
This message reminds me of a doctor telling the patient that, although the recovery from an injury or illness may be difficult, he has to persevere and stay on his regiment to be healed. Similarly, we are prescribed a spiritual regiment of prayer and fasting to bring us into God’s grace. Many of us (myself included) sometimes don’t want to take our spiritual medicine. Maybe we refuse to take it because we do not see immediate results and get discouraged. Or maybe we make our own “adjustments” to our prayer life instead of following the doctor’s orders. I know I skimp on prayers all the time telling myself, “I’ll be extra good about it tomorrow.” Only, tomorrow comes and I fall into the same pattern of putting off prayer, fasting, or acts of charity for another day.
In the remaining days of Lent, let us make an earnest effort to listen to God and what He asks of us. Mary tells us that it is time to wake up from our “winter sleep.” As we all know, waking up in the morning can be difficult but we also know that we can’t stay in bed all day because we have obligations to our family, friends, and jobs. Mary asks us to wake up spiritually because everyone ultimately has an obligation to God. So now is the time to stop hitting that spiritual “snooze” button, wake up, and live our lives for God. Let me be the first to say, “Good morning and have a great day!”