Dear friends, I want to remind you before reflecting on the recent message given by our Lady on 11/2/11 and also on 10/25/11. From the beginning of this year, the Blessed Mother has been reminding us of our familial bond as God’s family. But what comes to mind for me in all of this as I reflect upon her words of how we are the prodigal children of God. We’ve strayed far from the Father and squandered the inheritance.
I sat with the Lord before the Most Blessed Sacrament as I always do with the message, seeking light on how this message speaks to me and how I must put it to live personally. God in His graciousness gave a beautiful teaching.
This section will be a reflection on the first part of 11/2/11 Message, and the rest will be in part II and III. To remind you what she said…
“Dear children! The Father has not left you to yourselves. Immeasurable is His love, the love that is bringing me to you, to help you to come to know Him, so that through my Son, all of you can call him ‘Father’ with the fullness of heart, that you can be one people in God’s family…”
From the beginning she affirms to us….“The Father has not left you to yourselves…” God the Father has not abandoned you as many so often think that there is no God. He has not left us orphans!
Look at the love the Father has for us! He has sent Blessed Mother to us — not just for a short time but for almost a full generation; that is 30 years to date!
Our Lady reminds us so often, that we do not comprehend the greatness of this gift.
Our Lady used the word “immeasurable” to describe the love of the Father. IMMEASURABLE is His love!
Mirjana asked the pilgrims and to the world last month, “Do we deserve this?” Look around and see the sin that surrounds us and then ask again, “do we deserve this love?” Clearly NOT.
Think about this for a moment….
Over 2000 years ago God sent His only begotten Son to the world, not to condemn the world but to bring it to salvation; John 3:16.
Jesus says in the gospel that NO ONE can come to the Father except through HIM. Jesus is the way to the Father. We need to passover if you will through Jesus to get to the Father.
Jesus is the only perfect sacrifice, pleasing to the Father. That is; where ever the Father sees Jesus it brings Him great delight and great joy.
What does this mean for us?
If we want to please the Father we need to look like Jesus. That is, the Father needs to see Jesus in us this way. The Word incarnate must be; so to say ‘enfleshed’ in us in such a way that we are transformed into empty vessels void of sin for Jesus to dwell and possess our hearts. Then Jesus in us will lead us to the Father, which is the way to the promise land.
We have to live, breath, and eat the Word made flesh and die to ourselves. We have to live through Jesus, with Jesus and in Jesus, by way of carrying our daily cross to be worthy of Him, by way of His suffering, death and resurrection. If we die to our self with Him in this way, then He promises that we rise with him.
Now with this in mind; let’s look at Our Lady. In her life, she was consecrated from birth through her whole life, from beginning to end to the service of God. This is who she is, not what she did.
She was so immersed into God she dwelt in perfect union with Him always of one mind and heart. She grew up in the temple and lived a life of prayer and sacrifice, with holy devotion. She was found to be ‘highly favored’ by the Lord, so much so an angel of God Hailed her as one of royalty.
Through this the Holy Spirit consumed her, and overshadowed her, and then the Word which comes from the Spirit began to grow in her in living Flesh.
What does the Father see when He looks at the Blessed Virgin Mary? He sees the living tabernacle that carried His most beloved Son; as one who is spotless and without blemish, having no sin in her.
Consider the Ark of the Covenant in the old Testament, the dwelling place of God where the people worshiped. No ordinary man could come into the presence of the Ark, only the high priest dedicated to the Lord could come into the presence of the Ark.
If the Lord sees Our Lady as this sacred vessel as it was for the Ark of the Covenant, the most holy dwelling place of God, then how much more should we give honor to the Mother of God in her bodily form. The beauty and the grace in this, as Our Lady comes to us today as one of us. She comes as the handmaid of the Lord. That is, her Majesty the Queen of Heaven is lowering herself to we peasants, who are most undeserving of her presence among us.
She comes as Mother, the Queen of Peace in a most tender and loving way. She is looking at us beyond the sin in our hearts with great compassion as one who has been lost forever and desires us to just come home and be in heaven with her.
I had an experience with Our Lady just last week after Mass. I made a visit to her at the Lourdes grotto in our parish, to just pray with her. As I sat with her, I felt her in a special way just gazing at my heart. Then I realized that I had the presence of Jesus within me, from Holy Mass. I felt her adoring her Son in my heart, and as she was adoring Him, I felt a warmth of love burning in my heart, and interiorly saw the light of God glowing all the more, as if He wanted to shine from within to the outside. It was a most incredible experience, but the message I received from this was greater.
Jesus wants to be born into the world from our hearts. Our Lady desires that we adore Him the way she adored Him. If we want to love Him the way He should be loved, then we need to ask her to love Him in us. We have imperfect love, but the Mother’s love for Her Son is most perfect.
So what do we take from this? As the Lord once said to me in my heart, “Let your light shine!” Let the One Who is in you shine forth, and repeat the words in your heart, “I must decrease, so that He may increase in me.”
“Jesus said to them, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will know the Father.” (John 14:6-7)