Monday, May 16, 2016

Mary TV May 16, 2016 Reflection - Day 19 - We are Called!

We are called!
  (c) Mateo Ivankovic 2016

Consecration Day 19
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is the last day of Week One, the week we have spent seeking self-knowledge. We are given very beautiful scriptures to meditate on today. These words of Jesus speak to us of our call. We are called to be like a child, to live the commandments, and further, to give up everything, including home and family for the sake of Jesus. Every human being is called. God made us free so that we could learn to know Him and be called by Him into a life of total love for Him! We are called. But we may not have ever heard that call. Or we may have run away from the call. Or we may have tried to follow only to fall behind. But each of us is called, and the Lord will not stop calling us, because He loves us totally.
Here are our scriptures:
Luke 18:15-30
(Jesus and the Children)
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
(The Rich Aristocrat)
And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.
(The Danger of Riches)
Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
(The Reward of Renunciation)
And Peter said, "Lo, we have left our homes and followed you." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there is no man who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive manifold more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life."
Like St. Peter, we are responding to Jesus' call in this consecration. We are asking Our Lady to take us into her Heart, and help us to answer the call of Jesus. St. Louis de Montfort tells us that this is the surest way to respond perfectly to God's call. By putting our entire lives in Mary's hands, we will most easily find ourselves living our call. We will be children of God, because we are her children!
Our Lady speaks to us of her call in this message:
October 02, 2012
"Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God's love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you."
Our Lady expresses her call to us, her need for our response, her desire that we help her in these days. Like Peter, we are needed and called. Through this consecration, may we respond to that call with all our hearts, and through our "yes" help to bring the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart!
Let us pray:

(Totally Yours)
Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother, Live in me, Act in me, Speak in me and through me, Think your thoughts in my mind, Love through my heart, Give me your dispositions and feelings, Teach, lead me and guide me to Jesus, Correct, enlighten and expand my thoughts and behavior, Possess my soul, Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with Yourself, Incline me to constant adoration, Pray in me and through me, Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.  © 1956, Mother Immaculata, OCD

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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