In Mary’s first August message at Medjugorje, she asks us to live for God’s Kingdom of Heaven which is echoed in the rosary meditation on the Third Luminous Mystery. In Her other message, she asks us to pray.
Mary’s message to Mirjana on August 2, 2010:
Dear children! Today I call you, together with me, to begin to build the Kingdom of Heaven in your hearts; that you may forget that what is personal and – led by the example of my Son – think of what is of God. What does He desire of you? Do not permit Satan to open the paths of earthly happiness, the paths without my Son. My children, they are false and last a short while. My Son exists. I offer you eternal happiness and peace and unity with my Son, with God; I offer you the Kingdom of God. Thank you.
Mary’s message echos one of the main themes of the Third Luminous Mystery — The Proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Call to Conversion. She wants us to understand the temporary nature of this life and the permanent nature of God’s kingdom in Heaven. As Christians, we do believe that there is a Heaven where we hope to spend all eternity. But how many of us work in this life for that Kingdom? Mary wants us to take a hard look at ourselves and how we live and ask, “Am I on the path that leads to God’s kingdom or an earthly one?”
“My Son exists.” Mary’s short sentence is very telling. The fact that She has to tell us that shows that many of us forget that Jesus Christ does exist and is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven. As I said in the Second Glorious Mystery — The Ascension, we often forget that we must one day account before God for everything we do in this life. We forget that admission into Heaven is not free. We must earn our spot by genuinely loving God through good works and avoiding sin. God desires all of us to experience the eternal happiness of Heaven, but He doesn’t force it on us. We have to want it and work towards it.
Mary’s message at Medjugorje on August 25, 2010:
Dear children! With great joy, also today, I desire to call you anew: pray, pray, pray. May this time be a time of personal prayer for you. During the day, find a place where you will pray joyfully in a recollected way. I love you and bless you all. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Mary doesn’t get clearer than this. Pray! Before you flip to another web page or email, just take a minute, ONE MINUTE, to say a small prayer. Or pick up a rosary and pray a decade. Who knows, you might even like it.
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