This blog was started on July 21st, 2015, after my Mary, Our Mother blog had mysteriously disappeared. I will post only Marian items, especially regarding Medjugorje and other Marian apparitions. Thank you for reading this blog. May it give great glory to God through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
QUEEN OF PEACE
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Mary TV Daily Reflection 9/30/2015
(c)Mary TV 2015
September 30, 2015
Dear Family of Mary!
Mary TV was able to stream "An Evening of Prayer for Peace at St.
Stephen's Cathedral". It was a beautiful evening of prayer. There were
testimonies about the fruits of Medjugorje. Marija Pavlovic Lunetti
shared about her experiences of Our Lady. The Rosary was prayed. And
during that prayer, Our Lady appeared to Marija and blessed everyone.
Then Cardinal Schoenborn and over 50 priests, concelebrated Holy Mass
and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The music was beautiful, with
Melinda and Roland from Medjugorje! It was so prayerful and peaceful,
and holy !
The homily was given by Cardinal
Schoenborn, and I cannot resist transcribing it for you. It was simple
but very insightful. (Thanks to our translator for working so hard to
translate into English for us. It is never easy. But I believe we have a
good translation of the Cardinal's words.) The Gospel yesterday was
John 1:47-51, when Jesus calls Nathaniel.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, Homily for Holy Mass, September 29, 2015, St. Stephen's Cathedral:
Archbishop Andre, Fr. Marinko, dear Marija and brothers and sisters:
do you know me?" This is the question of Nathaniel, the question that
made him later on an apostle. Each one of us can ask Jesus, "Rabbi, how
do you know me?"
If I look now around the
Cathedral, it is not usually as packed as it is now! Can each one of you
here ask Jesus this question? "How do you know me?"
knows us. He knows me as no one else does. You who are married
here...your husband or wife does not know you as well as Jesus does.
Those who are not married, the old ones, the children can ask, "How do
you know me?"
Jesus answered Nathaniel, "Before
Philip called you I saw you under the fig tree." What was that? We do
not know what kind of a moment that was. Only two people know that,
Jesus and Nathaniel. And that is their mystery. It is their individual
mystery. What did Nathaniel do under the fig tree? What was he doing
under that tree? We do not know. But he (Nathaniel) knew immediately.
"How do you know me? You do know me!"
Each one of
us has such a mystery with Jesus. He knows me. Rabbi how do you know me?
It is not so comfortable if someone knows someone this well. There are
sides of us that we do not like to show to others, and it is
uncomfortable when someone sees those sides of us. But with Jesus it is
different. If He knows us, we do not need to be ashamed of anything.
can hurt as it did when Jesus said to a woman, "Call your husband." And
she said she did not have a husband. And Jesus said, "Yes you are
right, you do not now have a husband." Jesus does say the truth about
us, as he said to that woman. She was hurt when Jesus told her that the
man she was living with was not her husband. But when she went home she
told everyone that Jesus told her everything about her. Jesus said it.
And she was liberated. "How do you know me?"
and sisters, I would like to invite you in this night, this prayer for
peace, that we each, individually ask Jesus, 'How do you know me?' And
with joy we will discover "Lord you know me as nobody does. There is
nothing I can hide from you. You know my biggest secrets, my fears, my
needs, my mistakes, my sins, you do know me. You are the one to whom I
can say it all. That is something so big and beautiful, that even in the
inner most secrets of my life, You know me. And I am able to know You."
and sisters, that is not all. It goes further. "Rabbi, it is you, you
are the King of Israel." To know Jesus is the heart of our faith.
Otherwise we are not Christians. Jesus says, "You will see even bigger
and greater things." And that is what He says to all of us. We will see
What does it mean that "you will
see heaven opened"? What does it mean? How is that possible? Have you
ever seen heaven opened? I want to give you a few thoughts, but there
are many experiences that complete that image. How can we see heaven
Let's start with a little sign - what I
received as a little present last Saturday. There was a little party
here for my jubilee as Archbishop. And today is my 24th anniversary of
being Archbishop. Today, twenty four years ago, I was sent here. I was
made a bishop. A friend from Syria gave me a present. He explained it to
me and all the people in the Cathedral. It is a hanging. On the front
is Mary holding the little Child. And on the back is a Cross. This
hanging came from a bishop, who had it always with him. He was martyred
because of his faith. And the mother of that martyr ask that man to
present it to me. (This is a sign of heaven opened for me,)
You will see heaven opened. Can you remember when it was said in Holy Scripture that heaven was opened?
here in front we can see St. Stephen. We can see above him Jesus, at
the right hand of God. The big number of martyrs today make heaven open.
St. Stephen with his lighted face, the face of an angel, looks up and
says he can see heaven open and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
Opening heaven... to give witness to Christ opens heaven.
we do not have enough room for everyone inside the Cathedral for
Adoration tonight. Mary is the one who opens heaven to us. Through her
heaven opens to us. It is unbelievable and wonderful that the Mother of
God is always opening heaven, so we can enter heaven. If I think about
the 60,000 young people who joined her in Medjugorje this year. It was
very hot. But there was no beach. There were no tourist attractions. But
the young people came. Why? Because they experience heaven open there.
Wherever Mary is, heaven is open. Thanks to the Mother of God who brings
us the fresh air from heaven, and as it is said, you will see the
angels ascending and descending on mankind.
when we see the Eucharist, we know that heaven is opened and the angels
are ascending and descending. I cannot see it, maybe you cannot see it,
but maybe someone here can see it. All the angels of heaven are here
and heaven is open over us. Jesus is present. Heaven is open over us.
And heaven opens over us when we are in Jesus' presence.
today we have a big challenge. Yesterday in Afghanistan, there was a
town attacked by Taliban, and there are hundreds of thousands of
refugees headed this way. It is not going to end soon. There is so much
need in this world. And the question is not about statistics, but about
us, individually, who see people in need, parents with their children,
old people, young people, they are all people. Remember, "Whatever you
have done for the least of these you have done it for me." This is a
chance for us to serve our brothers and sisters. It is a great
challenge for Europe. But Europe may see heaven open. If we turn from
egoism, maybe Our Lord wants to open heaven for us through what is
actually going on. Amen.
Let's take time today to ask Jesus,
"How do you know me?" He wants us to know how much He knows us. It
will liberate and heal us to be known by Jesus!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2015
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."