Friday, January 29, 2016

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/29/2016

    (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

January 29, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
March 25, 1990 "Dear children! I am with you even if you are not conscious of it. I want to protect you from everything that satan offers you and through which he wants to destroy you. As I bore Jesus in my womb, so also, dear children, do I wish to bear you into holiness. God wants to save you and sends you messages through men, nature, and so many things which can only help you to understand that you must change the direction of your life. Therefore, little children, understand also the greatness of the gift which God is giving you through me, so that I may protect you with my mantle and lead you to the joy of life. Thank you for having responded to my call."
Fr. Maximilian gave an extraordinary homily of January 27, 2016 for English Mass in Medugorje. I have transcribed it here for you because it explains so much! The Gospel for that day was from Mark 4: 1-20, the parable of the sower and the seed. You will be blessed by what he teaches us:
Fr. Maximilian Dalve - English Mass, January 27, 2016 - Medjugorje:
Who is the sower? The Father is the sower. And the seed is the Word, Christ. He is the Word of God, and He is also the vine keeper. The Father is the sower. And in His goodness He sows plentifully, even on those people who might not receive the Word fruitfully.
Who are those who are on the street? They are people who go to Church, and then they go back out on the street and they save nothing. I go into the Church and I go out as I entered. They never left the street. Their body was in the Church but their body never left the street. That is one big temptation. Jesus says they bear no fruit, the fruit is taken away by the devil. He is afraid of the Word, because He knows that the Word transforms us into new life, and so he has lost his prey.
Who are those on which the seed falls on rocky ground? Mary speaks in certain messages about people who come to Medjugorje and receive the grace of salvation, and they return home and start a new life of praying and fasting, but then they fall away. And Mary says she is sad about them. In another message she says, "If something is good, you have to persevere. You have to go on. And don't think, God doesn't see me, God doesn't hear me."
And those seeds that fall on ground with thorns and thistles? We have all experienced that we go into prayer but there are so many distractions, we are so carried away by worries and earthly labors that we have to do or plan or realize, that we never enter into prayer. And so sometimes our prayer is really unfruitful. Before we go into prayer we have to put aside all these earthly worries. And to be as much as possible free to encounter God in prayer.
But who is the good soil? How can we become good soil? What soil did the Father use to form the new Adam? He formed the first Adam from the soil of the ground. What soil did He use to form the new Adam? You all know it! He used Mary. She is the good soil. She is not "a" good soil, she is "the" good soil. It is like saying she is not immaculately conceived, instead she is The Immaculate Conception. Or like St. Maximilian Kolbe would say, "She is not just white, she is "whiteness"!
It was by the power of the Holy Spirit, because we can see how it was accomplished. By the power of the Holy Spirit the Divine Word was planted in her womb. Her womb was that earth that the Father favored and made fruitful by the power of the Holy Spirit. It bore the tree of life, which is Christ.
So if we want to bear much fruit, we have to become Mary! We have to allow Mary to live in us. It is the deep sense of her purity that there is nothing of self in her. The deeper you search in Mary, the more you look into Mary, you will only find Christ. You find nothing of her.
Jesus said to St. Catherine of Siena, "Remember, I am the one who is, you are the one who is not." Mary lived that in the most perfect way. In her the purity was so great that the Divine Word could take on her flesh to make it His own flesh, which even today He gives us from His altar.
So let's not be afraid. Let's trust the purity of Mary. She says in a message, "I want nothing for myself, but everything for the salvation of your souls." If we give ourselves into the hands of someone we can trust "more or less." But if we give ourselves to Mary we can trust perfectly. And she said, "I would like to carry all of you in my embrace. As I carried Jesus in my womb, I would like to carry you on the way of holiness."
So we can entrust ourselves to her, and if we let her work and act in us, if the Holy Spirit finds Mary in us, He will come. The more He finds Mary in us, the more He will come. Because it was His collaboration with His favorite Bride through which He accomplished the masterpiece of creation, the God-Man. And so that is His way.
She is the Mother. She gave birth to the head. And so now she wants to give birth, and she is called to give birth to the whole body of Christ, the Church. And St. Augustine says, "She carries us all in her womb until we are born into new life unto heaven." So our earthly living is actually living in the heart of Mary. She is the Mother of humanity, the Mother of the new humanity. She is the new Eve.
And we see that the fruits are incredible. Because normally in Palestine at the time of Jesus, from one seed the most you could get out of it was 1 to 10. One seed could produce up to tenfold. But here Jesus speaks of thirtyfold, sixtyfold, hundredfold. That is humanly impossible. That is a miracle of the Holy Spirit. When we let Him work in us. And that is the purity and beauty of Mary, that she was so docile to the Holy Spirit. She was so "earthly" - the true meaning of earth is humility, it is docility, it is readiness. He could do whatever it pleased Him to do. There were no clumps in it, there were no stones in it, no thorns in it, it was pure earth.
And so in the measure that we are pure earth, we are Mary, who is that clay that the Father used to form the new Adam.
Now the fruits, as we know from Galatians 5:22 are the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, goodness and so on. We know that the fruit is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. He makes the fruit. They are not human efforts. If you make by human effort an act of patience, which is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, that patience will not be sweet at all. But fruits are sweet! We might be patient, grinding our teeth. We might be patient, while thinking how good we are. We might be patient, judging the other person. That would not be a patience filled with divine sweetness. Only the Holy Spirit can produce that type of fruit because fruit speaks about sweetness.
Only He can make the fruit that acts sweet. Our love, our joy, our peace, our patience, our goodness, our meekness will be filled with sweetness. That is the sign of the Holy Spirit working and not just our own doing. We always want to do something for God, let's permit God to do something for us! He wants to do it. Thirty, sixty, or hundredfold...it depends on how much we permit Mary to be in us, to live in us, to form in us Christ. It depends on that.
In the beginning we will not be successful because we don't trust her yet enough. When she says, Abandon yourself completely to me, and don't worry about anything. Just pray. Let us listen finally to what she says because she wants to form great deeds in us and through us. That she may have the joy to let us bear a hundredfold, that we bear much fruit, that we may all be for the glory of God and the salvation of the whole world. Amen.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
Mary TV

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Saint John Paul II
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