Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 11/18/2015

(c)Mateo Ivankovic

November 18, 2015
The Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter and Paul
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children, With a motherly heart, today I want to remind you, namely, of God's infinite love, and the patience which ensues from it. Your Father sends me and waits. He is waiting for your open hearts, ready for His works. He is waiting for your hearts united in Christian love and mercy in the spirit of my Son. Do not waste time children, because you are not the masters of time. Thank you." (February 2, 2009)

Today I want to share with you the transcript of a beautiful homily given at English mass on November 16, 2015.  Fr. Maximilian teaches us about mercy, and about the eyes of faith.  The Gospel that day was Luke 18:35-43.
Fr. Maximilian - Homily on November 16, 2015, Medjugorje:
"Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" There is no cry that is more evangelical and at the same time more profoundly human. "Jesus, Son of David" is an expression, and exclamation of faith. "Son of David" is a messianic title.
To understand the importance of this moment we have to see it in its historical context. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus was for three years three years preaching in Galilee. And when he reached the point at Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples at this important moment an important question. He asked the disciples, "Who do the people say that the Son of Man is?"
We know the beautiful profession of faith of Peter, "You are the Christ!" which means the anointed, the Messiah. Whereas for the people He was just one of the great prophets. At that time, Jesus strictly ordered the disciples to tell no one that He was the Messiah. But something important happened because from that moment on in the three Synoptic Gospels it is very clear, Jesus made a turn.
Geographically, Jesus made a turn and went straight towards Jerusalem. In the Gospel of Luke there are ten chapters of His journey towards Jerusalem, and towards His Paschal Mystery. Because something was born through the Confession of Faith of Peter. It was a gift of the Father, that the Church would have its foundation. So Jesus could complete His life, and redeem humanity, because now there was something on earth that could last to the end of time, and the gates of hell should not prevail against it.
But now they have reached the lowest point, Jericho, and Jesus just has a short way to go to reach Jerusalem. And it is there at this lowest point that Jesus accepts this blind man, Bartimaeus, as the first to proclaim Him Messiah. Many, the Gospel tells us, drove him off. Probably they were embarrassed, it was annoying that at this solemn moment, walking with Jesus, the great Rabbi, they were disturbed by this poor beggar who cried out for mercy and help.
It can be annoying for many people, even for us, these poor people knocking on our hearts, knocking on our homes, knocking on our countries, asking for help. And yet we can learn very important things from them.
There was an expectation for the Messiah at that time. It was strong in Israel. But to call Jesus was too much for the people. They thought that the Messiah would be a political leader. They had an earthly idea about the Messiah. And therefore they sternly asked him not to shout or cry out anymore. They drove him off.
And yet, Jesus, for the first time, from this poor beggar, accepts that He is publically proclaimed the Messiah. He confirms it by healing Bartimaeus. He confirms his confession of faith by healing him. And so now walking up to Jerusalem, all will cry out, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" As you know we celebrate this together always on Palm Sunday. We all cry out, "Hosanna to the Son of David!"
And at this moment the Pharisees get furious at the gates of Jerusalem, and they call upon Jesus to tell them to stop. You know, Jesus said, "If they do not cry out, then the stones will shout." The truth has to be proclaimed. If the truth is not proclaimed the stones with shout!
And you know the stones have loudly cried out in these days. At the doors of Rome, Civitavecchia, a city, a little statue of Medjugorje cried tears. Tears of blood. Can there be a more eloquent, distressing, tremendous cry than the tears of a mother? Tears of blood? Are we listening? Were the Pharisees listening?
Still, here in Medjugorje, the stones, walking up Podbrdo and Krizevac are worn down by the feet of millions of people. They are crying the faith and hope of so many people. Do we listen? Are the Pharisees listening?
It was said that Bartimaeus was blind. But he had wide open eyes of faith. He, the beggar of light, gave the light of faith to the crowd. In fact those who are truly healed in this Gospel account are the crowds who finally recognize Jesus the Messiah.
You know we have the two forms of sight, the eyes of our body and the eyes of faith. But the strongest and most important eyes are the eyes of faith (though they are both important, there is a hierarchy). And so we should always see our lives with the eyes of faith. Our lives, our family, our history, humanity - see with the eyes of faith.
Obviously, this first proclamation of Jesus as the Messiah to the crowds is the beginning of faith. But we need perseverance. They need to cry out, "Hosanna to the Son of David," but soon, influenced by the Pharisees, they would cry out "Crucify Him!" And so it can happen to us, as we come to Medjugorje, you may have a strong experience of faith, but going back home, this has to become a journey. If not, you will fall away. So you have to persevere in prayer.
For the Eastern Church, there is an expression, "Son of David, have pity on me." That is their Rosary. They repeat it, not mechanically, not as a technique, but as a cry of love. And in this coming Year of Mercy, the Father needs many of His children who will cry upon His mercy. We need it. Humanity needs it. If our prayer is not a cry, we still have not understood the situation we are in, which I believe we can all testify is worse than the time of the Maccabees (the first reading) which was terrible. Today it is worse.
But our blindness is that we don't know about God, and we think we see. That makes us blind. Our prayer has to become a cry. Even Jesus Himself, when He prayed, the letter to the Hebrews tells us, His prayer was a cry. He cried out loud, with prayer and supplication, with tears. "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear." (Heb 5:7) Now Jesus wants to pray in our flesh, to continue His prayer in us. And if He prays in us the Father will hear and pour out His mercy.
As we receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, let us say with love, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me." Let us ask Jesus, "Jesus, pray in me to the Father. Pray for mercy for humanity. Pray for the out pouring of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, pray in me and through me for a new Pentecost. Amen."

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

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Saint John Paul II 
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