This is Mary’s message from Medjugorje on October 2, 2009. Unlike the messages on the 25th, these messages focus on those who have drifted far from God’s love. The tone is a little harsher, almost like one of a mother scolding a misbehaving child. However, even if you do try to live a life free of sin, you should listen to these messages since we all have moments of sin which separate us from God’s grace. Furthermore, even if your soul is as clean as one fresh out of the sacrament of Confession, you probably know someone who is separated from God’s love. You need to read them to understand the danger people are in when they sin and pray extra hard for their conversion towards our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I also want to reiterate that even if you do not believe in the events at Medjugorje this is still an important message. Mary offers nothing different or contrary to what the Catholic Church already teaches so this message could easily have come from a priest’s Sunday homily, the commentary from a Bible study, or the teachings of a saint.
Dear Children, As I look at you, my heart seizes with pain. Where are you going my children? Have you sunk so deeply into sin that you do not know how to stop yourselves? You justify yourselves with sin and live according to it. Kneel down beneath the Cross and look at my Son. He conquered sin and died so that you, my children, may live. Permit me to help you not to die but to live with my Son forever. Thank you!
Mary’s message sounds very much like a mother who sees all the ignorant and dangerous things her children do and wonders what could possibly be going through their young minds. She has the benefit of seeing the splendor and glory of God’s kingdom and she tells us that all the sins that we commit are not worth losing the gift of Heaven for all eternity. She wants us to take a hard look at our lives and ask ourselves why we sin. Sure, certain sins may make us a little happier temporarily, make our lives a little easier, make us a little more popular, or richer. But all those small gains in this world will cost us much more in the next. In the best case we will serve more time in Purgatory for those sins. At worst, we lose the gift of Heaven forever. Mary does not want any of us to miss out on what awaits us in Heaven and that is why it pains her so much to see people living only for this world without regard for the next.
We should listen to Mary and turn away from sin. Jesus taught that all are welcome into His kingdom as long as we have the courage and strength to turn away from sin. We should lay all our worries and weaknesses before the Cross and ask for greater faith in God’s loving mercy.