November 02 2010 Message to Mirjana at Medjugorje:
Dear children; With motherly perseverance and love I am bringing you the light of life to destroy the darkness of death in you. Do not reject me, my children. Stop and look within yourselves and see how sinful you are. Be aware of your sins and pray for forgiveness. My children, you do not desire to accept that you are weak and little, but you can be strong and great by doing God’s will. Give me your cleansed hearts that I may illuminate them with the light of life, my Son. Thank you.
Here’s a little news flash for all of us — we are not perfect. We make mistakes. We fall in and out of sin and hence we fall in and out of God’s grace. Many of us would rather ignore this simple reality and believe that everything we do is just fine. Or we think that because we do not suffer any consequences for certain actions in this world that we can continue to do them with impunity. We make excuses like, “it’s legal so it’s moral.” Or, “that’s an old rule that no one follows anymore.” Mary points out that the longer we fool ourselves into thinking we are perfect the weaker we become. And that becomes a vicious cycle because when we are spiritually weak we are more susceptible to Satan’s lies and temptations which only puts us further away from God’s grace.
The Third Luminous Mystery calls us to acknowledge God’s kingdom of Heaven and convert. This rosary mystery echos Mary’s message asking us to take a critical look at our lives and improve in areas where we are spiritually weak. Jesus calls us to constantly examine our thoughts, words, and actions and ask ourself, “Am I living for God’s glory or my own?” We all have a choice. We can choose to live in ignorance of God’s laws and hope that we will never have to answer for our sins. That is an incredibly risky and foolish gamble because the consequence of being wrong is eternal damnation. Or, we can acknowledge our sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In doing so we “accept that we are weak and little” as Mary says but at the same time striving to be “strong and great by doing God’s will.”
November 25, 2010 Message at Medjugorje:
Dear children! I look at you and I see in your heart death without hope, restlessness and hunger. There is no prayer or trust in God, that is why the Most High permits me to bring you hope and joy. Open yourselves. Open your hearts to God’s mercy and He will give you everything you need and will fill your hearts with peace, because He is peace and your hope. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Like many of Her earlier messages, Mary asks us to just slow down and take some time to pray. I find Mary’s observation that our hearts are full of “death without hope, restlessness, and hunger” interesting. I echoed something similar in my post about Jesus’s teachings on the End Times and our final judgment. I observed that without God in our lives we are destined to just stumble pointlessly through life, die, and turn into nothingness. But Mary says that there is so much more to us than what we can experience in this world if we only open ourselves up to God. She promises us peace, joy, and hope.
Let’s look at our options. On one hand we can choose a life of pointlessness, misery, and despair. On the other hand we can choose peace, hope, and joy. We make that choice by deciding that we will consciously acknowledge God’s kingdom of Heaven, pray to Him, and put our trust in Him. What do you choose?
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