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Monday, September 21, 2015
Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/21/2015
Fr. Leon at English Mass, 09/21/15
September 21, 2015
Dear Family of Mary!
children! Also today I am with you in a special way contemplating and
living the passion of Jesus in my heart. Little children, open your
hearts and give me everything that is in them: joys, sorrows and each,
even the smallest pain, that I may offer them to Jesus; so that with His
immeasurable love, He may burn and transform your sorrows into the joy
of His resurrection. That is why, I now call you in a special way,
little children, for your hearts to open to prayer, so that through
prayer you may become friends of Jesus. Thank you for having responded
to my call." (February 25, 1999)
Fr. Leon has come
to Medjugorje, to be the Shepherd of the English speaking pilgrims.
Welcome, Fr. Leon!! We are so grateful for your presence in
transcribed his homily for Sunday, September 20, 2015. It has valuable
insights into how to pray, how to ask, and how to receive!
Fr. Leon- September 20, 2015, English Mass;
night at Adoration - I think most of you might have been there- and it
started to rain about half way through. We, the priests, were all
safely inside the pavilion, sheltered. And it wasn't just a feeling of
guilt, but seeing everyone being rained upon, I was praying that the
rain would cease. And I said to the Lord, "Look, you want all these
people here to adore you, why are you raining on them! Why are you
scattering them?" And it rained harder! (Laughter!) Then I thought,
this is so typical of my prayer life, so I decided to try Our Lady. And
I said, "You intercede, Blessed Mother." And it stopped raining, or
rather it slowed down to that sort of drizzle that in England we call a
good summer. (More Laughter!) So that was an answer to my prayer.
I certainly don't believe that God is not to be disturbed and then Our
Lady sort of twists His arm, because she is His mother. Not at all.
God wants us to ask Our Lady. He wants us to expand our hearts. He
wants us to expand our prayer. He wants us to ask each other for
prayers. Now isn't that peculiar, because He knows already what we
want, and He is more than willing to answer it. But He still waits for
us to expand our hearts and our lives to our brothers and sisters, and
also to our brothers and sisters and our Heavenly Mother, in heaven.
this isn't exactly what we always want. We just want a quick answer to
our prayers. Think about what you heard about in the Gospel just now.
(Mk 9:30-37) Jesus tells His disciples of His impending death and they
don't like it. They don't understand, nor do they ask "What do you
mean, Lord?" They don't ask Him that at all. And St. James tells us
(James 3:16-4:3) "You do not have because you do not ask." And Jesus
gives them the opportunity to ask but they don't.
this is a wasted opportunity, much like our prayer lives. We do not
receive because we do not ask, and prayer is about being honest with
God. Now you might think, "How can you say that, Father?" How can you
say that I haven't asked? Well I will say it to you in another way. Do
you have distractions in prayer? Yes? Anyone without distractions in
prayer? No, oh, there is one person! Marvelous! I'm delighted. Well
you and me both, then!
we are distracted by in prayer...what are we thinking about, what sorts
of things? All kinds of things, trivial, important, distracting?
Those are the things that we should be praying about. And we don't. We
want to tell God some nice words. And the really important stuff,
important to us, we keep hidden from Him. Because we don't want to
bother Him. Oh no, we don't want to tell God, "I can't remember if I
locked the house before I left for Mass." "Why should I tell God that I
am worried about having to call my sister this afternoon, because the
last conversation with her was so awful that I am really dreading
talking to her again?" Why should I tell God things like this? "Why
should I tell God I can't wait till Mass is over so I can go and have my
gin and tonic?" Why should I tell God things like this?
if they matter to me, they matter to God. They matter, we have to tell
Him. He already knows, so why are we deceiving Him? When we try to
deceive Him we end up deceiving ourselves.
does not need our nice words, He wants our truth. Because that is what
He is, Truth. And only in this way is our prayer purified. When we
see what we really want. What are we really after when we drown our
sorrows in drink or gambling, or in an illicit affair? What do we want
when we think, "I would be better off dead than endure my life as it is
now?" What are we after when we think like that?
the heart of all of these thing, all of these bad things is something
we perceive as good. Otherwise we wouldn't do all these things. St.
Thomas Aquinas tells us when we repent of our sins, we only repent of
the fact of our sins. Not of the pleasure we took in them. Otherwise
we would never have done them. So when we do these things, what are we
after? In that extra drink, or in that affair, or thinking, "Well I
might as well be dead." We are thinking there is something good to be
had in this. Some kind of peace and escape from ourselves.
that is a good thing, the good thing that we want. But the means we
use are evil. They damage us and they limit us and they make us less
than what we are and what we are meant to be. So it is to this real
good thing, the true good thing, the good thing that God always says
"Yes" to. You know, people always say that God always hears our prayers
but He sometimes says "No." But I don't think that is true. God
always hears our prayers, and He always says "Yes". He always says
"Yes" to every single prayer. To the true good hidden in that prayer.
And that true good is what you and I must find.
What is it that we are after when we pray?
was a young boy, when I was a new priest, a few years ago, less than
ten years ago. And he had cancer, and I think we knew that he was
dying. His dad was London Irish. (I shouldn't give away many details to
protect their anonymity.) So an Irish Catholic family. But his mother
was very much opposed to the Roman Catholic Church. She refused to have
him baptized. And while he was in hospital - he was about 10 years old
at the time - she summoned some kind of Protestant minister who
belonged to a church I had never heard of. And this woman came and
grandmother was upset, and she wondered if it was even a valid
baptism. And I said, "Actually I agree with her. So we managed to
persuade them. I talked to the boy for ages, not just about baptism,
about Star Wars, actually. And about Confirmation. And he decided he
wanted to be confirmed. And so I conditionally baptized him, and
confirmed him, and gave him his first Holy Communion.
all along we had been praying for that boy to be healed and saved. And
shortly after he received those sacraments, he very quickly faded and
died. And I wondered how this was an answer to my prayers. But I had
asked the Lord to save this boy, and God did. He gave him the
sacraments, He made him His child without any doubt, and He confirmed
him, made him a soldier of Christ. And He gave him with His Body and
Blood, He fed him with the food of eternal life. And He saved him. Of
course he didn't stay much longer in this life, but these things are not
given to us. We don't know how people turn out. We don't know what
they grow up to be. That is not given to us. But what is given to us
is the choice for Jesus. And if we choose that, and we make a good
death...that is a life well lived. That is a great blessing, if we can
said that God says "Yes" to the true good. The reason I said that is
that St. Augustine said something very shocking which I am going to
repeat. I want you to be shocked, if you are shockable. He said, "The
young man knocking at the door of the brothel is looking for God." He
said, "Caritas" the divine love, so he is looking for God. Does that
shock you? Well if it shocks you, never mind! That is true. But
notice, he said the young man knocking at the door of the brothel. I
wonder if he would say that the old man knocking is a sad old guy...
(Laughter). But he says the young man doing this is looking for God,
not just for love, but for God. This is what I mean by the truth hidden
in the things we do. And through prayer it must be purified and come
to the surface so we can see what it is that we are actually asking
for. What is it that we are asking for when we ask for the rain to stop
during Adoration? Or when we ask for a young boy who is dying to be
healed. What it is that we ask for in our misery and pain? What do we
really want from God? Unless it is God Himself, that He will certainly
give to us.
also in the Gospel what Jesus did today. God's "Yes" always includes
the Cross. Because that is the way to life. Unbounded life, the life
of God's "yes" to us! (Available in "English Mass - Past 7 days" at www.marytv.tv )
Our Lady desires
that we give her our slightest pain, our smallest distraction, so that
she can lead us to Jesus, where it will be changed into joy! She wants
us to find the truth in all those things that pre-occupy us. She wants
us to find out the real truth we seek, the real good. She will help us
do what Fr. Leon tells us to do! Let's not hesitate to pray in this
way. It will transform us!