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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mary TV: January 17, 2018 Reflection - The present moment is ours!


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

J.M.J.
January 17, 2018
St. Anthony

Dear Family of Mary!

Today we will begin with a word from St. Faustina. She was the Apostle of Mercy, given the task of spreading devotion to Jesus as the Merciful Savior.
Oh, if only the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God, it would die of joy and an excess of happiness! Someday we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours. (963 - Diary)
The present moment is ours! This is so very true. No matter what God is asking of us, the present moment is ours, the past is over, and the future is not in our hands. The present moment is ours, to give to the Lord with love and trust, knowing that He will use the gift in amazing ways!

Here are several messages in which Our Lady talks about suffering, encouraging us to give our sufferings to God, for Him to use as He sees fit. We might meditate on them in our rosaries today, letting the wisdom of Our Lady form us:
September 11, 1986 "Dear children! For these days while you are joyfully celebrating the Cross, I desire that your cross also would be a joy for you. Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness and suffering with love the way Jesus accepted them. Only that way shall I be able with joy to give out to you the graces and healings which Jesus is permitting me. Thank you for having responded to my call." 
Tuesday, November 29, 1983 To Jelena:   "I am your mother full of goodness, and Jesus is your great friend. Do not fear anything in His presence. Give Him your heart, from the bottom of your heart. Tell Him your sufferings, thus you will be invigorated in prayer, with a free heart, in a peace without fear."
March 25, 2006 "Courage, little children! I decided to lead you on the way of holiness. Renounce sin and set out on the way of salvation, the way which my Son has chosen. Through each of your tribulations and sufferings God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. Thank you for having responded to my call."
March 25, 2013 "Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you to take the cross of my beloved Son Jesus in your hands and to meditate on His passion and death. May your suffering be united in His suffering and love will win, because He who is love gave Himself out of love to save each of you. Pray, pray, pray until love and peace begin to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."
May 02, 2015 "Dear children, open your hearts and try to feel how much I love you and how much I desire for you to love my Son. I desire for you to come to know Him all the better, because it is impossible to know Him and not to love Him - because He is love. I, my children, know you. I know your pain and suffering because I lived through them. I laugh with you in your joy and I cry with you in your pain. I will never leave you. I will always speak to you with motherly tenderness. And I, as a mother, need your open hearts to spread the love of my Son with wisdom and simplicity. I need you to be open and sensitive to the good and mercy. I need you to be united with my Son, because I desire for you to be happy and to help me to bring happiness to all of my children. My apostles, I need you to show everyone the truth of God, so that my heart, which suffered and today suffers so much pain, can win in love. Pray for the holiness of your shepherds, so that in the name of my Son they can work miracles, because holiness works miracles. Thank you."
September 02, 2017 "Dear children, who could speak to you about the love and the pain of my Son better than I? I lived with Him; I suffered with Him. Living the earthly life, I felt pain because I was a mother. My Son loved the thoughts and the works of the Heavenly Father, the true God. And, as He said to me, He came to redeem you. I hid my pain through love, but you, my children, you have numerous questions. You do not comprehend pain. You do not comprehend that through the love of God you need to accept pain and endure it. Every human being will experience it to a lesser or greater measure. But with peace in the soul and in a state of grace, hope exists; this is my Son, God, born of God. His words are the seed of eternal life. Sown in good souls they bring numerous fruits. My Son bore the pain because He took your sins upon Himself. Therefore, you, my children, apostles of my love, you who suffer, know that your pain will become light and glory. My children, while you are enduring pain, while you are suffering, Heaven enters in you and you give a piece of Heaven and much hope to all those around you. Thank you."

The present moment is ours! May we entrust our sufferings to the Lord so that He may use them to save souls. May we endure our suffering, knowing that heaven will enter into us as we trust Jesus and pray. May we allow Him to work through us for all those around us in great need of His salvation.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

 

 
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mary TV: January 16, 2018 Reflection - May your crosses be your means in the battle...


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

J.M.J.
January 16, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
 
"...May your crosses be your means in the battle against the sins of the present time..." (October 2, 2010)
 
I have always considered crosses something to be avoided, something to set aside as quickly as possible. And so the October 2, 2010 message was a revelation for me. To believe that the crosses in my life can be opportunities to turn the tide of evil, the sins of the present time, is to change the way I think about so much! As I was praying about it, I came across this message from 1996:
September 25, 1996 "Dear children! Today I invite you to offer your crosses and suffering for my intentions. Little children, I am your mother and I wish to help you by seeking for you the grace from God. Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so they become a most beautiful flower of joy. That is why, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy and the cross the way of joy. Thank you for having for responded to my call."
 
Our Lady has been praying for us to receive the grace from God that will enable us to offer our crosses and suffering for her intentions! She has needed our cooperation in her battle for souls all along. Without our willing sacrifices and sufferings, she cannot achieve her plan to bring about an era of peace. Our crosses are the means in the battle!!
 
But she assures us that if we give our sufferings and crosses to God as a gift, they will be transformed into joy! We might wonder how this can be. And indeed, every person has their own path to this joy. St. John Paul II wrote an Apostolic Letter, Salvifici doloris, in 1984, in which he explored our call to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. He was still recovering from the assassination attempt in 1981, and his pontificate was shaped by his own suffering from that point on. He writes about the joy that comes from offering suffering to Christ in this way:


(26)...Christ through his own salvific suffering is very much present in every human suffering, and can act from within that suffering by the powers of his Spirit of truth, his consoling Spirit.
This is not all: The Divine Redeemer wishes to penetrate the soul of every sufferer through the heart of his holy Mother, the first and the most exalted of all the redeemed. As though by a continuation of that motherhood which by the power of the Holy Spirit had given him life, the dying Christ conferred upon the ever Virgin Mary a new kind of motherhood-spiritual and universal-towards all human beings, so that every individual, during the pilgrimage of faith, might remain, together with her, closely united to him unto the Cross, and so that every form of suffering, given fresh life by the power of this Cross, should become no longer the weakness of man but the power of God.

However, this interior process does not always follow the same pattern. It often begins and is set in motion with great difficulty. Even the very point of departure differs: people react to suffering in different ways. But in general it can be said that almost always the individual enters suffering with a typically human protest and with the question "why". He asks the meaning of his suffering and seeks an answer to this question on the human level. Certainly he often puts this question to God, and to Christ. Furthermore, he cannot help noticing that the one to whom he puts the question is himself suffering and wishes to answer him from the Cross, from the heart of his own suffering. Nevertheless, it often takes time, even a long time, for this answer to begin to be interiorly perceived. For Christ does not answer directly and he does not answer in the abstract this human questioning about the meaning of suffering. Man hears Christ's saving answer as he himself gradually becomes a sharer in the sufferings of Christ.

The answer which comes through this sharing, by way of the interior encounter with the Master, is in itself something more than the mere abstract answer to the question about the meaning of suffering. For it is above all a call. It is a vocation. Christ does not explain in the abstract the reasons for suffering, but before all else he says: "Follow me!". Come! Take part through your suffering in this work of saving the world, a salvation achieved through my suffering! Through my Cross. Gradually, as the individual takes up his cross, spiritually uniting himself to the Cross of Christ, the salvific meaning of suffering is revealed before him. He does not discover this meaning at his own human level, but at the level of the suffering of Christ. At the same time, however, from this level of Christ the salvific meaning of suffering descends to man's level and becomes, in a sense, the individual's personal response. It is then that man finds in his suffering interior peace and even spiritual joy.

27. Saint Paul speaks of such joy in the Letter to the Colossians: "I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake"(88). A source of joy is found in the overcoming of the sense of the uselessness of suffering, a feeling that is sometimes very strongly rooted in human suffering. This feeling not only consumes the person interiorly, but seems to make him a burden to others. The person feels condemned to receive help and assistance from others, and at the same time seems useless to himself. The discovery of the salvific meaning of suffering in union with Christ transforms this depressing feeling. Faith in sharing in the suffering of Christ brings with it the interior certainty that the suffering person "completes what is lacking in Christ's afflictions"; the certainty that in the spiritual dimension of the work of Redemption he is serving, like Christ, the salvation of his brothers and sisters. Therefore, he is carrying out an irreplaceable service. In the Body of Christ, which is ceaselessly born of the Cross of the Redeemer, it is precisely suffering permeated by the spirit of Christ's sacrifice that is the irreplaceable mediator and author of the good things which are indispensable for the world's salvation. It is suffering, more than anything else, which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls. Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the powers of the Redemption. In that "cosmic" struggle between the spiritual powers of good and evil, spoken of in the Letter to the Ephesians, human sufferings, united to the redemptive suffering of Christ, constitute a special support for the powers of good, and open the way to the victory of these salvific powers. (Salvifici doloris, n 26-27
 
I know this is long. But how can we not listen to Saint John Paul II talk about the process that makes suffering turn into joy? Our Lady told us it is true. Saint John Paul II showed us the way by his own life. He tells us that Mary has been given a new kind of motherhood, one in which she draws us to her Son on the Cross, to help us unite our suffering with His. And he assures us that our suffering can turn to joy, because "human sufferings, united to the redemptive suffering of Christ, constitute a special support for the powers of good, and open the way to the victory of these salvific powers!!" Our suffering, given as a gift to Jesus, can change the world!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV 2018
 

 
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mary TV: January 15, 2018 Reflection - May your weapon be patience and boundless love.


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018

J.M.J.
January 15, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children; Today I call you to a humble, my children, humble devotion. Your hearts need to be just. May your crosses be your means in the battle against the sins of the present time. May your weapon be patience and boundless love, a love that knows to wait and which will make you capable of recognizing God's signs, that your life, by humble love, may show the truth to all those who seek it in the darkness of lies. My children, my apostles, help me to open the paths to my Son. Once again I call you to pray for your shepherds. Alongside them, I will triumph. Thank you." (October 2, 2010)

Our Lady calls us to be humble. To worship God with hearts that are aware of their complete dependence on Him. Humility is very much a matter of truth. God is our creator. We are creatures. We cannot exist without God's constant creative action. What else can we say to this?
 
She wants our hearts to be just. This is to love our neighbor as our very selves. If God has created us all, we can only reverence each other as the work of His hand.
 
She tells us that our crosses are the "means" in the battle against the sins of the present time. What a powerful wisdom this is! There are many sins in our day. They seem to be overwhelming. But it is in our crosses that we can meet the enemy. Our crosses mark the battle field. It is in these sufferings and burdens that we engage the enemy. The enemy is not the people involved in the sins, but the accuser of the brethren who is behind the sins.
 
Now we get the most powerful statement in this message: "May your weapon be patience and boundless love, a love that knows to wait and which will make you capable of recognizing God's signs, that your life, by humble love, may show the truth to all those who seek it in the darkness of lies." Wow!!! Our weapon is not our brilliant arguments or political power. Our weapon is patience and boundless love in the midst of our crosses. Our strategy is to wait in patience with endless and limitless love, and in the waiting we will recognize God's signs, see His guiding hand, and know just what to do or say to help those who are caught in the enemy's lies. Patience when we suffer is the purifying fire that wins the victory! Patience makes our love grow.
 
If we enter the battle field, embracing our crosses with patience and love, waiting for the Lord to lead, we will help Our Lady to open the paths to her Son for others. Graces will be won to deliver souls in darkness!

We all have crosses in our lives. Our Lady wants us to see them for what they are, the means in the battle, the things that enable us to confront the enemy and take territory away from him. Our crosses are gifts, because with the weapons of patience and love, they become powerful opportunities for the victory of the truth.

The Victory is coming, and it will be won through Our Lady and our shepherds, supported in the battle by our patience and love while bearing our crosses.
 
May it be so!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018
 
PS.  Mike Nolan has created a new website where you can purchase and download his new CD's, "Mary TV Soundtrack", and "Oh Jesus, we adore you."


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Mary TV: January 12, 2018 Reflection - Pray for those whom my Son has called to lead you.


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

J.M.J.
January 12, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
"...As a mother I implore you not to forget those whom my Son has called to lead you. Carry them in your heart and pray for them. Thank you..." (January 2, 2018)
 
Here are two prayers that can be prayed for our shepherds, our priests, bishops, deacons, and the Pope. Our Lady calls them "those whom my Son has called to lead you." Indeed, they have a very difficult calling. We owe them our love and prayers, because they have given themselves up completely for us. One prayer is by St. John Paul II, the other by St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
 
Prayer by Blessed John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis

Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
Accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the priesthood of your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God.

Mother of Christ, to the Messiah Priest you gave a body of flesh through the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart; guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Savior.

Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man, the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers; give to the Father for his glory the priests of your Son, O Ark of the Covenant.

Mother of the Church, with the disciples in the Upper Room you prayed to the Spirit for the new People and their shepherds; obtain for the Order of Presbyters a fullness of gifts, O Queen of the Apostles.

Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with Him at the beginning of His life and of His mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside Him when he was lifted up from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice, and you had John close by you, your son; accept from the beginning those who have been called, protect their growth, accompany your sons in their life and in their ministry,
O Mother of Priests. Amen.     


Prayer of St Therese of the Child Jesus

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priests;
For your young priests;
for your dying priests;
for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion;
the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially ...).
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.    
 
Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray with us for our priests!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mary TV: January 11, 2018 Reflection - I am speaking about little and great things


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
January 11, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!
"...I am among you and am speaking about little and great things. I will not grow tired speaking to you about my Son - the true love. Therefore, my children, open your hearts to me. Permit me to lead you as a mother. Be apostles of the love of my Son and of me..." (January 2, 2018)
 
We are so blessed to have Our Lady "among" us! She truly is among us!! She is present in a very real and tangible way in Medjugorje. How do we know? Through the witnesses of the pilgrims! Each one has some story in which Our Lady touched them in a particular and unique way that spoke just to them. Each one has met Our Lady there during the course of their stay. She is truly among us in Medjugorje!
 
And she does speak to us about "little and great things"! The things she teaches us in her messages may seem little, ordinary, small. But they lead to such great things! She comes as one of us, and does not overawe us with her great intellect. She comes rather as a mother who wants to help her children, to give them small bits of wisdom when they are ready for them. She leads us as a mother!
 
And everything she teaches us leads to Jesus, to His love and to His life. This is Our Lady's consuming passion. To lead us to her Son!
 
When I was praying about these lines of the message I was reminded of a similar message from St. Paul to the Corinthians. (1Cor 2: 1-16). See if you can hear a similar kind of loving and parental care in St. Paul's letter:
 
When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
 
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
 
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him," God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.
 
The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. "For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2: 1-16)
 
There is so much in this passage! Certainly Our Lady comes having seen "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of Man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him." She has seen it all, and yet comes so quietly and gently to us in Medjugorje to draw us by our heartstrings to her Son.
 
Certainly she teaches in "words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit..." Our Lady is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, and her thoughts are His thoughts, they are so close.
 
Certainly Our Lady's message is "not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." Miracles happen in Medjugorje, conveying the power of God to the pilgrims. This is how Our Lady helps us to receive faith, just like St. Paul.
 
Certainly she "knows nothing among [us] but Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified"! Our Lady can show us how to put Jesus in the very first place in our lives, because she also does it!
 
Certainly Our Lady has the mind of Christ, and she is a sure guide to His Heart. We are so blessed to have such a teacher with us, such a wise and holy woman in our midst, such a Mother with us to guide us.
 
Thank you dearest Mother for coming to us in these days, these most momentous days!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018
 
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mary TV: January 10, 2018 Reflection - May your soul breathe in His Spirit!


(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017

J.M.J.
January 10, 2018
Dear Family of Mary!
"Many of my children on earth do not know my Son, they do not love Him; but you who do love my Son, you who carry Him in your heart, pray, pray and in praying feel my Son beside you. May your soul breathe in His Spirit..." (January 2, 2018)

What a beautiful invitation Our Lady gives to us! She calls us to pray and pray until in prayer we feel her Son beside us! In fact, we will be so close to Him that our souls will breathe in His Spirit, as if we were close enough to Jesus for His breath to cover us!
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 691) speaks of the Holy Spirit as breath:
 
The term "Spirit" translates the Hebrew word ruah, which, in its primary sense, means breath, air, wind. Jesus indeed uses the sensory image of the wind to suggest to Nicodemus the transcendent newness of him who is personally God's breath, the divine Spirit.
 
The Holy Spirit is the breath of God. When we are close to Jesus we do breathe in His Spirit!! We receive the Holy Spirit from Jesus, even as He breathed upon the Apostles and they received the Holy Spirit! "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'" (Jn: 20:22). The Holy Spirit communicates to us God's love and power. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son to fill us with grace!
 
St. Faustina has described just such a closeness with Jesus and the Holy Spirit (the Breath of God) in her Diary:

I got up how much earlier than usual and went to the chapel, steeping myself in the love of God. Before receiving Holy Communion, I silently renewed my religious vows. After Holy Communion, the infinite love of God swept over me. My soul was in communion with the Holy Spirit, who is the same Lord as the Father and the Son. His breath filled my soul with such delight that it would be useless for me to try to give even a faint idea of what my heart experienced. Throughout the whole day, wherever I was and regardless of with whom I talked, a vivid presence of God accompanied me; my soul was drowned in thanksgiving for these great graces. (Diary, 1781)
 
Our Lady wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, to breathe in the Holy Spirit as we stay close to Jesus. We need the Holy Spirit, who gives us healing graces, conversion graces, and all sorts of gifts, like wisdom, knowledge, fear of the Lord, understanding, and on and on! She tells us many people on earth today do not know her Son and do not love Him. So we need to be those children who are filled with the breath of God, the Holy Spirit, so that we can share with them the truth about His love. We can carry Jesus' love with us into the world that does not know Him.

"Pray, and in praying feel my Son beside you! May your soul breathe in His Spirit!!"

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018




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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mary TV: January 9, 2018 Reflection - My Son said to forgive and to love each other.




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J.M.J.
January 9, 2018
 
Dear Family of Mary!   
"...My Son said to you to forgive and to love each other. I know that this is not always easy. Suffering makes you grow in spirit. For you to spiritually grow all the more, you must sincerely and truly forgive and love..." (January 2, 2018)
 
Here is something else that Jesus said to us about forgiveness. It is a long story, but worth pondering very slowly:
 
Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
 
Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven."

"Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

"But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
 
"When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.

"So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart." (Mt 18: 21-35)
 
Several things strike me as interesting in this parable from Jesus.
 
First, the king had many servants who owed him money. Owing the king was not unusual it seems. I think that if we are honest, we have a King to whom we all owe a great deal, more than we can repay. All of us were lost to sin, original and actual, with no hope of repaying our Lord. Not one of us was in the black on that score. We are all debtors to Jesus!
 
Second, during the reckoning, one servant, who owed a great deal, fell on his knees and asked for mercy. He promised to repay the King, but needed time. Notice how merciful this king was! He forgave the entire debt. Unheard of!! Are we not like that servant when we enter the confessional, admit our debt, and ask for mercy from the Lord? Do we not get it in abundance, more than we could ever hope for?
 
Third, upon receiving forgiveness of his entire debt, the servant shows no real understanding of what has just happened to him. When he meets a fellow servant who owes him a little bit and asks for mercy, he exacts punishment to the last penny, with no mercy. How could there be such a disconnect? I suspect we are similar when we ask to be forgiven for a sin, and in turn we refuse to forgive our neighbor, judging him and rejecting him. Such disconnect is not unusual.
 
Fourth, the King discovers this ungrateful behavior, and withdraws his forgiveness. There will be a day when we will have to face the Lord, and explain our own unforgiveness.
 
What this tells me is that forgiveness is not something unusual in the kingdom that Jesus describes. Forgiveness is part of the fabric of life in that kingdom. The King forgave. The servants expected forgiveness from one another. And when one of them would not forgive, the other servants told the King about it. Forgiveness was part of daily life in that kingdom.
 
I believe it is supposed to be part of the basic fabric of our lives as well. It is not a special gift, but the way that we should relate to one another day in and day out, seventy times seven times a day! Who are we to withhold forgiveness when we have been given so much mercy by our Father in heaven, so much forgiveness through Jesus, our Lord, so much clemency through the Holy Spirit? We live in a Kingdom of love, and love and forgiveness are inseparable.
 
Our Lady is honest with us in this message. She says that she knows it is not easy to forgive, that suffering comes from being treated wrongly, and it causes us pain. But she tells us not to fear that suffering, because God will bless us in that suffering, suffering that comes from forgiving and loving, and we will grow in spirit. We will grow in the joy of holiness. No fear, God will not be outdone in generosity.
 
We must "sincerely and truly forgive and love..."
 
What a good mother we have!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018
 




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