Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/28/2015

(c)Mary TV 2013
October 28, 2015
Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Also today, my prayer is for all of you, especially for all those who have become hard of heart to my call. You are living in the days of grace and are not conscious of the gifts which God is giving to you through my presence. Little children, decide also today for holiness and take the example of the saints of this time and you will see that holiness is a reality for all of you. Rejoice in the love, little children, that in the eyes of God you are unrepeatable and irreplaceable, because you are God´s joy in this world. Witness peace, prayer and love. Thank you for having responded to my call." (October 25, 2015)

In the homily for English Mass on Monday, October 26, 2015, the celebrant shared about his experience of the love of Our Lady in Medjugorje on his first pilgrimage, four years ago.  The love of Our Lady opened his eyes to something wonderful in Medjugorje.  He shared about that wonderful sight in this homily.  It is a beautiful witness to the gifts which God is giving to us through Our Lady's presence.

Homily from English Mass on October 26, 2015:
Yesterday, Fr. Leon in his homily posed a question: If we experience a miracle in Medjugorje, when we go home are we different? Or do we live the same? Well that spoke to me because on my first pilgrimage in November of 2011 I had an experience of the love of the Mother of God that changed my life and my priestly ministry forever. In fact, I had that same experience two other times in that pilgrimage. And upon reflecting on those experiences when I returned to Chicago, it occurred to me that the love of God that comes to us through Mary is real. And I was prompted, I was driven, to share that with all the people I celebrate the Mass with in the Chicago area. So since then in the four years since that experience, I have shared it about 150 times, in over 50 parishes in the Chicago area, a conference, many groups and individuals, it was on the radio last June, and it is going to be on Mary TV, it is being recorded this Wednesday.
As part of that experience, I recount what happened after the first experience of the love of Mary that morning. When we walked through the vineyards of Medjugorje, the majestic mountain range in the distance...mountains are a privileged place of encounter with God...and we came to St. James Church in Medjugorje, I was amazed at what I saw. This was a Wednesday morning, a weekday. And the whole church was full of people - all the pews were filled, with people sitting in front of the front pew, on the sides, in the back, and everyone was participating in the Mass with all of their heart! We sang four stanzas of Amazing Grace as the entrance hymn. That was the first time in my life I had ever done that!! All the people were participating in the prayers and the songs, listening attentively to the Word of God in the Scripture readings and the homily, and going to Communion reverently. I said to myself, "That is the vision of Liturgical renewal from the Second Vatican Council as expressed in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Full, conscious and active participation in the Liturgy. I say to them in Chicago, "Friends that is not only possible it is happening, every day in Medjugorje at 10 o'clock in the morning!"
And it's for good reason. Because in the Mass, the celebration of the Eucharist, the most important thing in human history occurs. That is the Paschal Mystery. The very purpose of human history, its culmination and fulfillment, when God suffered the most horrible death imaginable. It is the most definitive expression of the love that God has for all of us. When God's mercy was spilled over the world like an immense ocean. And a short time later, He passed over from death to life, conquering sin and death.
That Paschal mystery will be present throughout all the ages of human history until the second coming of Christ. It will be made present through the Catholic Mass, because the Mass is the perpetual memorial of the Paschal Mystery. But it is not just an historic memory like when you go to an historic place like the 15th century castle outside of town, and you say, "Oh, how interesting it is to see how people lived in the 15th Century." That is not what the Mass is. The Mass is a memory that makes that reality present again. When we celebrate the Mass, it doesn't matter if it is in a humble church with 14 people present or a Papal Eucharist with over a million people present. The Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of Jesus, becomes present again, it becomes a living reality in human history at that Mass.
When that happens, the graces of the Paschal Mystery are flooded into the whole world. Not just the church where it is being celebrated, because the Mass is offered for the salvation of the whole world. And not just for the Universal Church, but for all humanity. We join in Christ's work in saving all of humanity. And so in the words of St. Maria Faustina, in her inspiring Diary, "Divine Mercy in my Soul", she says, "I feel like a drop in the ocean of God's mercy. The same outpouring of graces that happens in the Mass, the Paschal Mystery of Christ floods the world with God's love and mercy.
And it gives us the grace to do something of utmost importance. As Paul says in the first reading from Romans today: We are heirs with Christ, of only we suffer with Him, so we may also be glorified with Him. Here we see the Paschal Mystery as present in the Word of God. The Scriptures in many ways make the Paschal Mystery present, just like the Sacrament of the Eucharist does. And it gives us the grace to respond to this exhortation by St. Paul to the Romans, which is an exhortation to Christians down through the ages to follow Christ's example, to share his Paschal Mystery, to willingly suffer so that we may be glorified with him. And it is certainly worth it. As St. Maria Faustina reveals in her diary. The most compelling spiritual literature I have ever read, for many reasons. One reason being, that she tells of many personal experiences of heaven. She tells what it is like to be in heaven.
Here is one stunning statement in that regard. It is a prayer. I think her whole diary is just a prayer. She says, "Lord, I would gladly toil laboriously for my whole life, and bear all the sufferings of the world, for just one moment in eternity with you." Just think of that. She is willing to bear all the labor and suffering of the whole world, for just one moment with the Lord in heaven. What a stunning revelation of the eternal glory in heaven that awaits us. That inspires us to share in the Paschal Mystery of Christ. It inspires us to come to Mass as often as we can. And to bring the children. Even if they can't understand it, which of course they don't. There is such an outpouring of graces from the Paschal Mystery of Christ, that those children are blessed lovingly, and they are given the grace to become great Catholics. That is what we are all called to be.
We turn now to celebrate the Eucharist where the bread and wine are transformed by the grace of Christ, through the Holy Spirit into His Body and Blood, which gives us the grace to imitate Him, responding to the words of St. Paul, "If only we suffer with Him, so that we may be glorified with Him."
What a powerful explosion of faith came to this priest, and comes to all of us through Our Lady.  Medjugorje really is a Eucharistic Village, as Olga told us on Tea with Rosie.  This is the great work God is doing in Medjugorje!! 

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
(c)Mary TV 2015


"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world." 
Saint John Paul II 
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