Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 11/10/2015

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2015
November 10, 2015
St. Leo the Great
Dear Family of Mary!
Yesterday the first reading for Mass was from Ezekiel 47. It is the beautiful passage about the Temple, and the water that would flow from the temple and refresh the land it flowed through. Trees would grow on the banks of this water and fruit would be produced every month. This water would turn the salt water into fresh water. The whole area would be renewed by this water flowing from the Temple.
Here is the passage from Mass:
Then he (the angel) brought me back to the door of the temple; and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me round on the outside to the outer gate, that faces toward the east; and the water was coming out on the south side. And he said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah; and when it enters the stagnant waters of the sea, the water will become fresh. And wherever the river goes every living creature which swarms will live, and there will be very many fish; for this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing." (Ezek 47:1-2, 8-9, 12)
I love this passage. It is so full of hope. I always wondered where this temple could be and what it meant. Well the second reading for yesterday was from 1 Corinthians 3, where St. Paul says, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" I suddenly realized that the temple that Ezekiel was speaking about was the heart of each Christian, each one of us is part of that temple.
Then the Gospel was all about Jesus cleansing the temple, ridding it of money changers. And it became clear to me that Jesus needs to cleanse my heart, because it is the temple now, and any money changers in my heart needed to be removed.
Here is how I said it on the Rosary yesterday:
Today we celebrate the feast of St. John Lateran, the Pope's Basilica. And at the mass I went to today the priest mentioned that the Church is not the buildings, it is us. We are the Church. Jesus, in the Gospel says, "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up." This is now the locus of the Church, in each of our hearts. Yes the Church buildings etc. are hugely important but the Church is only as strong as each of its members. And Our Lady said many times, especially early on, that the Church would be renewed and saved through Confession. Monthly Confession would save the Church in the West, she said.

There is a connection there between our being rectified with the Church, made free of sin and the Church getting stronger. Confession is not just for my life, it is for all the members of the Church, that each stone in the Church gets stronger, more impervious to the fiery darts of the devil. You know, the breastplate of righteousness or the shield of faith. It keeps the devil from being able to get in and do harm when we are holier and renewed. This happens through confession.
May all of us in the Church finally understand the grace of Confession and run to the confessionals. It would be great if our priests could be stuck in the confessionals all day, seven days a week, hearing confessions. That would change everything for the Church.
Going back to the passage about Ezekiel, I was wondering about the water flowing from the Temple, and where it was and when it would happen. Then I read this message:
"Dear children! I am calling you anew: begin the battle against sin as in the first days, go to confession and decide for holiness. The love of God will begin to flow through you into the world, peace will begin to rule in your hearts and God's blessing will fill you. I am with you and intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2015)
I think we are the temples, and the love of God is the water flowing from the temple. And the love of God is going to flow through our hearts as we go to Confession, convert, pray, go to Communion, all the main messages Our Lady is teaching us. That love is going to flow through us and it is going to change salt water into fresh water, it is going to change all the bad environments, the bad and sinful situations, one person at a time. It is going to bring hope and healing and fruit. That is what I think is really happening through Medjugorje. You see it flowing out of Medjugorje, this healing water that is described in Ezekiel 47.  Medjugorje is the confessional of the world!!
It is exciting! But Confession is the beginning, because it opens up the flood waters of grace that God wants to give through us to this wounded and suffering world. May the love of God flow through us into the world. May peace rule in our hearts and God's blessing fill us all!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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Saint John Paul II 
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