“Dear children, Today I call you to be born anew in prayer and through the Holy Spirit, to become a new people with my Son; a people who knows that if they have lost God, they have lost themselves; a people who knows that, with God, despite all sufferings and trials, they are secure and saved.
I call you to gather into God’s family and to be strengthened with the Father’s strength.
As individuals, my children, you cannot stop the evil that wants to begin to rule in this world and to destroy it. But, according to God’s will, all together, with my Son, you can change everything and heal the world.
I call you to pray with all your heart for your shepherds [priests], because my Son chose them. Thank you.” (Queen of Peace message of 8/2/11)
I was able to have the opportunity to reflect on the message of 8/2/11 today at a deeper level. I asked Blessed Mother in my prayer to take me into a deeper understanding of the message not only for myself, but to share with all of you.
In the message her voice spoke very loud through the words of;
“… I call you to gather into God’s family and to be strengthened with the Father’s strength.”
It seems this is the center and focus of the whole message and its content. As I reflected deeper into these words, two images came to my heart as follows:
(1) “The image of a huge ship or a sea vessel came to my heart filled with many people and all were clothed in a great light. This vessel was being tossed about in the waves of a great storm and darkness covered the stormy seas. The ship was being steered by a mighty force of wind and treads through the water with ease through the song and prayer of those who travel in its cargo…”
(2) Then the image shifted to another, which was a large and great army marching together in unity, side by side with rosaries in hand. We are all clothed in a golden armor and the mighty power of God, marching forward with great power and strength. Together nothing can stop or penetrate this battalion of apostles for Jesus that Our Lady is leading. The Holy Trinity is above this great army in the heavens guiding the way, while all are marching forward and in truth. The Battle Hymn of Republic than began to sing in my heart.
There are two common themes in these images, that there is great power and strength in numbers, and the importance of unity; having prayer of one mind and heart for the fulfillment of the plans of God.
The Mother of God makes it clear. This battle we are in will not be won single handedly, but only united as one body, many members as the mystical body of Christ, and with and through Jesus Christ, the head of the whole Church.
Jesus has the victory and the triumph and will conquer with great force through His Church.
Each apostle of this army is positioned, and each member of the body have their unique call which they are armed with to fight this war waged against the Church and her members. But most importantly all her members must be united in faith and in prayer.
The Lord is the one in command. We are in great error if we think otherwise.
The Holy Spirit was leading me into an interesting insight, which I find myself to be a great problem and struggle in the Church today. And this needs to be said.
Many fall into the trap or the deception of possessing for themselves their so-called apostolate as their own, failing to see that the One who has called them to the mission gave the gift in the first place for the Church.
We become very territorial about “my mission.” Isn’t that what most say. “The Lord has called ME!” The big word “I” becomes the focus and the focus is lost on the one who qualified the call in us.
Remember dear apostles what has been freely given and freely received, must also be freely let go so the Holy Spirit is free to move as He pleases. Many are quenching this Holy Spirit, because of their sin of avarice and clinging to what does not belong to them in the first place.
Our Lady once said, “we do not possess and own anything of this world, but only our own sin, which remains with us.“
If you are a Christian, and living the way of Jesus, there is nothing that we own as members of His mystical body. We are called to be working members of the body in order that Jesus Christ the Godhead may be made manifest in this world that does not know Him.
This world and its possessions are transitory. God gives and He takes away. It is the same with the gift of an apostolate that He forms in us. It is not ours to profit from. How many are there operating outside of the confines of the Church and making great profit I may add. Doing good works, yes! But who are they working for? And what Kingdom are they building?
This mindset needs to go. It needs to be rooted out of God’s House, that is…in God’s family home.
Think about heaven…does anyone possess anything in heaven? No. Is anyone more special in heaven than another;except for Jesus and Mary? No. Some have been elevated by the Church for extraordinary lives lived on earth, but all are equally loved in the eyes of God.
Thus it should be so, here on earth in God’s house, for God’s family. There is no “this is my mission, or yours…” or I this or that is my charism and so on.
There is no profit in this way of thinking my friends, for what the Lord gives as gift, He expects a great return in its place, and a chance for us to win merit for our own salvation, and I emphasize the words “chance to win merit“.
This mission you have been given may be the help you need to win salvation for your own soul, and to help you grow more in virtue. The gift however, is meant to serve His living body in the universal Church for the salvation of souls.
We cannot market the Holy Spirit for profit and possess that which is not ours in the first place. I witness this myself by many in the church. And these are now failing the test.
Use the gift of God you have received to help build up, strengthen and renew the universal church, which is the mystical vessel to which salvation comes to the world. We each possess a piece of building material in the gift received, to build up the majestic Ark of salvation for mankind, to be made ready for all God’s family to enter.
Who robs from the construction site to build His own ship or his kingdom? I think we know who is behind this deception. Surely this ship will sink in the final day; for it sails apart into uncharted waters and will be un-seaworthy.
If we are gathered together as one, all working for the same glory of God and not for our own glory, we are adorned with the strength of the Father Himself. There is much to reflect on already here.
I will conclude here as part I of this reflection, and will continue to pick it up in part II. As usual this message from heaven has a great mystery hidden within the simple words spoken by the dear Mother of God.
“According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation…the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose it. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each ones work…” (1 Cor. 3:10-13)
In other words when the test comes, will the work stand? If it is built for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ, it will stand. If it is built for man’s glory, no glory will come to man.