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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 12/29/2015



(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2015 

J.M.J. 
December 29, 2015
St. Thomas Becket
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Dear children! All these years that God permits me to be with you are a sign of the immeasurable love which God has for each one of you and a sign of how much God loves you. Little children, how many graces the Most High has given to you and how many graces He desires to give to you. But, little children, your hearts are closed and live in fear and [you] do not permit Jesus to have His love and His peace overcome your hearts and to begin to reign in your lives. To live without God means to live in darkness and never to come to know the Father's love and His care for each of you. Therefore, little children, today in a special way pray to Jesus that, as of today, your life may experience a new birth in God and become a light which will radiate from within you, and thus that you may become witnesses of God's presence in the world to every person who lives in darkness. Little children, I love you and daily intercede before the Most High for you. Thank you for having responded to my call. (December 25, 2015 - Jakov)
 
Our Lady speaks to us about two impediments to living in the light and joy of God in this message. They are two very bad habits that we can develop in our lives, habits to slowly choke the life of God out of us.
 
The first impediment is ingratitude. Our Lady tells us over and over again that God has permitted her to be with us as a sign of His love for us. He has allowed Mary to come to Medjugorje each day for 34 years now. But do we actually understand the magnitude of this blessing? Do we live in a state of gratitude for such a great gift? Does Our Lady's presence with us fill us with the deepest thanksgiving to God? If it does not, it is because our hearts are hard as rock. We should be pinching ourselves every day, so full of wonder that she is with us!
 
The second impediment is fear. Fear is not of God. Fear comes from a lack of faith in God's love for us. Fear is produced out of our own desire to control our lives and the lives of those around us. We fear when we don't get our way, and we feel that God is not strong in His decisions and is not thinking of us. Fear is the opposite of gratitude. If we don't appreciate Our Lady's presence, and we don't understand what it means for us that she is with us, we will instead feel the entire weight of our lives on our own shoulders, and we will fear! That fear closes us to the loving interventions of our gentle and oh so generous God. Fear blinds us to the light God sheds upon us, and isolates us in our own imaginings. Fear is the opposite of love.
 
When we live in ingratitude and fear we live without God. And that is a terrible place to live. It is dark and cold and hopeless.
 
But Our Lady shows us the way out of that place. And it is very simple: "Little children, today in a special way pray to Jesus that, as of today, your life may experience a new birth in God and become a light which will radiate from within you...." We can be transformed right now, today! We can renounce fear and ingratitude, and simply pray to Jesus to fill us with new life, new birth, new light, now joy! Jesus will do it. He will fill our hearts with wonder at the love we are being shown through Our Lady, and He will fill our souls with courage based on a deep faith that God is love, and God's plan for us is good and filled with hope. Simple as that, all will be completely different for us from that moment on!
 
"Therefore, little children, today in a special way pray to Jesus that, as of today, your life may experience a new birth in God and become a light which will radiate from within you, and thus that you may become witnesses of God's presence in the world to every person who lives in darkness."
 
Amen, amen!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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