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QUEEN OF PEACE
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Mary TV: October 19, 2016 Reflection - The Risen Christ Statue and Divine Mercy
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
J.M.J. October 19, 2016 Sts. John De Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues and Companions Dear Family of Mary!
March 25, 2004 "Dear
children! Also today, I call you to open yourselves to prayer.
Especially now, in this time of grace, open your hearts, little
children, and express your love to the Crucified. Only in this way, will
you discover peace, and prayer will begin to flow from your heart into
the world. Be an example, little children, and an incentive for the
good. I am close to you and I love you all. Thank you for having
responded to my call."
the Rosary recently we had a discussion about the "Risen Christ" Statue
behind St. James Church. Denis and I were both amazed at the way
pilgrims in Medjugorje are drawn to that statue. At first I think they
are curious about the mysterious fluid that exudes from it. But when
they find themselves close to it, they are enraptured. They hug the legs
of Jesus, kiss Him over and over again, and remain in a restful
embrace, hugging His legs like a child would hug an adult.
Denis and I were touched by this show of affection for a cold, bronze
figure of the Crucified. But I must admit that I feel the same
attraction to just hug Jesus and hold on to His leg with childlike
Here are some facts about this statue:
is a replica of a 277 cm. silver image of "The Resurrection", sculpted
by Andrej Ajdic and presented to Pope John Paul II on the occasion of
his Papal Visit to Slovenia in 1996. The mystery of Christ's
resurrection is expressed by the image of an elongated, slender Christ,
arms outstretched as if still nailed to the cross but at the same time
globally embracing redeemed mankind, while triumphantly rising from a
cross which is laid flat on the ground, overcast by the silhouette of
Christ or God's presence on earth. Another unique feature of the
sculpture is that Christ is not wrapped by a loincloth but by a
newspaper, signifying the ephemeral event of the crucifixion, in
contrast to Christ's everlasting and infinite nature.
commemorate the 20th anniversary of the apparition of "Gospa, Kraljice
Mira" ("Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace" in the native Croatian
language), a 30-foot bronze replica of Ajdic's "The Resurrection" was
erected behind St. James Church. A day or two after the anniversary,
around June 25-26, 2001, pilgrims started noticing that the statue was
visibly oozing clear fluid. (http://asianjournalusa.com/the-weeping-christ-at-medjugorje-p3548-144.htm )
statue is now visited by pilgrims every day. They line up to approach
the legs of Jesus, where many find a "mysterious" fluid exuding from the
statue. I haven't seen any scientific analysis of the fluid but some
say that it is the tears of Mary. Our Lady may have been able to reach
Jesus' knees while He hung on the Cross, and so anointed them with her
tears as He died for our sins. Those precious tears may be flowing
still, for us.
is a sign of the Great Mercy of Jesus, that we are drawn to hug the
very knees and legs that were so tortured for our sins. For it seems
that the people who approach the statue are overwhelmed with a sense of
being loved, of being wrapped in peace, of being blessed by Jesus. This
is the best explanation for their behavior I can come up with. Very
often, for our Hour of Mercy prayer time which is live in Medjugore, we
are present at the Risen Christ Statue for that prayer time. And we
watch pilgrim after pilgrim venerating Christ, kissing Him, hugging Him,
and just leaning on Him in quiet prayer. It is healing just to watch
them. Our Lady calls us: "Especially now, in this time of grace, open your hearts, little children, and express your love to the Crucified."
I believe that is exactly what is going on at the Risen Christ Statue.
In the Year of Mercy, I believe the Risen Christ Statue is a sign of Mercy for the world.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Mary TV 2016
PS. Apparition Hill
is showing in theaters across the nation this week. Please make the
effort to go see it, and tell others about it. It is a gift for Our
Lady. She wants to reach her children, and this movie will help her very