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QUEEN OF PEACE
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Mary TV August 10, 2016 Reflection - God our loving Father!
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
August 10, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
July 25, 2016
children! I am looking at you and I see you lost; and you do not have
prayer or joy in your heart. Return to prayer, little children, and put
God in the first place and not man. Do not lose the hope which I am
carrying to you. May this time, little children, every day, be a greater
seeking of God in the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until
prayer becomes joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
want to share the Homily from English Mass for Tuesday, August 9. It is
given by a young Irish priest, who had a beautiful, gentle voice, and
who spoke in such a winning way about God the Father and Jesus!! I just
felt his words were important to remember. So here they are! You can
hear him in the English Mass Homily archive on our website, 8/9/2016!
English Mass in Medjugorje - Homily of August 9, 2016:
is God's power and there is worldly power, and the two of them are
very, very different. God's power is not the power of the world. God's
power expresses itself in love, in service, in humility. The fruit of
this type of power leads to joy, leads to happiness, and it leads to
love. Worldly power, the opposite, seeks to dominate, to control, to
take possession, to put yourself first. This doesn't lead to joy, it
leads to selfishness, unhappiness, and a lack of peace.
see the disciples kind of veering towards this worldly power, wanting
to bring this worldly power into God's Kingdom. And Jesus stops them in
their tracks. Jesus says to them that the greatest in God's kingdom is a
little child. Now a little child is a perfect person for an example of
God's power. A perfect person, because a little child has a heart that
is pure, a heart that is loving. A heart that believes. If you tell a
child something with sincerity, that child will believe and not
question. The child is the perfect example of who is the greatest in
the greatest attribute of the child is trust. Trust is so important. A
child knows it can't do things for itself. The child needs its parent to
look after it, to care for it. The child of God needs its Father. It
needs God, its Father. And Jesus is the perfect example of both the
child of God and the loving Father who is God. Jesus shows to us the
loving face of God.
Jesus, His personality, the way He is, His character, His love, His
generosity, all of that says to us: this is your Father. This is who
your Father is. Your Father, in Jesus, says to us, reveals that He loves
us perfectly, as you are now. And we see this most perfectly in the
Cross. That God would go that far to show that He loves you perfectly as
you are now.
of this says to us that this love for us children, this love is worthy
of trust. Again Jesus also shows us that he is the perfect example of a
Son. He is the perfect example of a loving son, a trusting son of the
Father. Jesus, most beautifully, when He says, "Father" ...the
translation we have when He says Father, is "Abba". Jesus was saying
"Abba" ...Daddy, Dada. That is what he was saying. The most intimate,
loving term for His Father. This is how we, as sons and daughters,
communicate with our dad! Because that is what He wants. This loving
communication. And we see an example of what Jesus is, in His trust. No
matter where He was He trusted His Dad.
look, even with his perfect example that we have, there is a part of us
which is broken, the part of us that has the tendency to sin. And
because of this part of us that has a tendency to sin we can believe, we
can actually believe that, no, I won't trust God. I'll trust in me.
I'll take control of myself. And it is a message we hear in the media
and in our world - Trust yourself, put yourself first.
I was out in back of church; I was sitting on the bench. And I saw this
little boy, about 5 years old. And you know the way, when you are
small, that you run away from your parents, and you think you are great
because you are getting away from them. Well I could see this smile...he
thought he was the best thing ever because he was getting away, running
away, and his parent saw him and found him. But if we take that
further, if a child does go further and further away, and if the parent
didn't notice...very shortly the smile that says "oh this is great!"
would turn to fear. It would turn to being afraid, it would turn to
that is the same for us with God. When we follow our own path, very
often we are told that this is going to be great. But it leads to
unhappiness. It leads to misery.
suppose my own story...when I was growing up, I believed this message
that if I took control of my own life (in my teenage years) that I would
be happy. Everything that the world promises I followed. I was
miserable. I was a very sad teenager. And by the grace of God, I ended
up coming out here in 2005. And it took a couple of days to get into it
because I hadn't a clue about anything faith wise, you know.
I remember it was on about the third night, I was at a prayer meeting.
And I just felt this powerful motherly love. It was so powerful. And I
knew it was the Blessed Mother. And I knew that in spite of my
sinfulness and how far I was from God, that she loved me perfectly as
her child. And she saw me as her child, in spite of my weaknesses and
in spite of my sinfulness. And you know, I had a great experience here.
And it changed my life.
really that is the thing, because we can think of our past, because of
the stuff that we have done, and all that. And we hear in the Gospel
that we are called children. But there is a little voice that says, you
are not worthy to be called God's child." And that is the biggest lie
ever!! Because no matter what state we are in, Our Lady says to us, "My
dear children!" My dear children! You are her dear child! You are the
Father's dear child and He loves you perfectly.
the happiness of life is to grow in this love! To grow in this
child-like-ness. A great saint for this is St. Therese. St. Therese was
all about being like a little child. And she suffered an awful lot with
scrupulosity. Scrupulosity is a terrible, terrible thing. It is when
every little thing, every small thing feels like a sin. And she had no
peace over it. But the more she came to know the loving heart of God,
the more she came to know her Father, her Dad, her Abba, the more she
was able to get rid of it.
actually said that if I committed every sin in the entire world, if I
committed every possible sin, I know that like a little child I can
throw myself into my Father's arms, and He will love me, embrace me,
forgive me. And a beautiful thing that she says as well...she struggled
with the spiritual life. She saw all these great saints like St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of
the Cross, doing these great penances and working their way to God. And
she said that I can't do that, I can't work my way to God. I am a
little child. But I know what I can do. Have you ever seen a little
child, and their hands go up! She says that I put my hands up to my
Father, to my Dad, and of course, because He loves me, of course, He is
going to want to pick me up and embrace me.
that is the love of God. It is not in our trying, but in our weakness
as little children, small children, our Dad takes pity on us, picks us
up, and holds us close to Him. That little child yesterday, he didn't
get very far. He was picked up by his dad, embraced by his dad, and I
would say he was very happy. And that is the thing. That really is the
thing, to not try to grasp at God and not try to run away from Him, but
just rest with Him. Rest in the arms of your loving Dad.
this time, little children, every day, be a greater seeking of God in
the silence of your heart; and pray, pray, pray until prayer becomes joy
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c)Mary TV 2016
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