Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/17/2015


(c) Mary TV 2014
September 17, 2015
St. Robert Bellarmine
Dear Family of Mary!
I have heard from so many of you about the Fruit of Medjugorje Episode 182, Regina Collins. So many of us can identify with some part of Regina's story. We all have had struggles in our lives with our faith. Some more than others, but all have gone through darkness. Many of us have gone to Medjugorje, kicking and screaming, like Regina. Some have arrived in Medjugorje and wanted to turn right around. And how many of us have heard a testimony or homily that was like a mirror held before our face, showing us the real state of our soul.
Still more of us have experienced the tiny beginnings of conversion, a moment at Mass, a climb up one of the hills, a talk by a visionary, a visit to Cenacolo, being prayed over, going to Communion, receiving absolution after a deep confession. God reaches down into our hearts of stone in Medjugorje with all His love, and replaces them with flesh. It is astounding!
Many of you have said that you cried like a baby as you listened to Regina share, or read her testimony in my reflection. I have cried too. Denis cries every time he listens to Regina! Regina herself tells us several time that her tears would just flow! There seems to be a gift of tears that is coming to us through Regina's sharing.
Amazingly, today's gospel is about tears flowing as well. It is the story of the "sinful woman" who came to the Pharisee's house to humble herself before Jesus. It is Luke 7: 36-50.
A certain Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feel weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment..."
This woman was filled with gratitude to Jesus. She knew that Jesus had saved her from her terrible life, that Jesus was the answer for her sin-sick soul. Her gratitude welled up in tears which flowed so freely that she could wash Jesus' feet with them. That is a lot of tears.
Jesus tells her that her sins are forgiven, and makes it clear that she loved Him greatly because she had been forgiven of so much. Her debt was paid by Jesus, and she was a free woman. Her gratitude was immense.
I think that our response to Regina's testimony is one of immense gratitude as well. Regina's deep gratitude resonates with us. Her acknowledgment that Jesus and Mary really and truly saved her from a life of darkness rings true! We have all been saved from the darkness by Jesus and Mary. And for us, that truth brings us to tears of gratitude, joy, thanksgiving, and love. We cry because we are loved. We cry because we are saved. We cry because God is with us and He is so good.
So, today, let's not hinder our tears. Our Lady once said through Jelena:

"If you knew how much I love you, you would cry with joy. (June 21, 1984)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2015
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
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