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QUEEN OF PEACE
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Mary TV: Archbishop Hoser giving his homily on April 1, 2017 - St. James Church
Archbishop Hoser giving his homily on April 1, 2017 - St. James Church
Dear Mary TV Family,
need a heavenly intervention. And the presence of the Blessed Mother
is one of these interventions. It is God's initiative. Therefore, I
would like to encourage and fortify all of you on behalf of the Pope, as
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Pope Francis' Envoy to Medjugorje
April 1, 2017 Homily in Medjugorje
Here is the transcript of Archbishop Hoser's homily: (Onsite translation to English by the Parish)
Brothers and Sister! I will speak in French. Excuse me, I haven't yet
learned the beautiful Croatian language. We have gathered around the
altar on the 5th week of Lent. There are two more weeks dividing us from
Easter. In one week it is already Palm Sunday. And in two weeks we are
going to celebrate at the end of Holy Week the greatest Christian feast
day, the Feast of the Resurrection.
The Word of
God that we have heard today, speaks of resurrection. And shows us three
perspectives of resurrection, three views. The first one is historic.
We know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man lived on
this planet in the Holy Land of Palestine. We also know that it was
announced by prophets that He was going to be born. Just like the
Prophet Ezekiel who we heard today. He brings the words of God who is
telling us "I am going to open your graves, and I will lift you up, and
he repeats, I will raise you up from your graves. That is a prophecy. He
already sees the arrival of the Messiah. We know that Jesus died and
rose from the dead. That is the foundation of our faith. Without that
foundations of resurrection, our faith would be empty.
second point of view is liturgical. It is the path of Lent. During 40
days we are going to pray and we continue to pray. We fasted and we
shall continue to fast. We have become more generous towards other and
we will continue to do more in the future. The spirituality of Lent is
very well known here. You know it very well. Therefore, the Liturgical
path that is preparing us to reach the third perspective, is the
perspective of our life.
A life of each one of us.
We live for resurrection. We march toward resurrection. We shall go
through death in order to resurrect. The final goal of our earthly life
is resurrection. During this path we are to resurrect. Already on a way
on that final perspective our conversion is part of resurrection. Jesus
says and repeats about the death of the body, but He also speaks of the
death of soul. The death of the soul is far more serious, a far greater
threat, because in that case we might die for the whole of eternity.
each time when we could continue to convert ourselves, we are turning
ourselves towards God who is the truth, who is life, who is the path. He
is the source of eternal life. It is directing us towards love, because
God is love. It's love that makes us alive. It is merciful love that
brings us inner peace and the joy of life. But there are two conditions.
The first is faith. Jesus, before performing miracles demanded faith,
faith in Him that He could do it. "Lord, I believe in You! I truly
believe!" And that faith opens our heart for conversion, and opens our
heart through the Sacramental Confession that is mercy itself. Our
hearts are opened up through confession, they are purified, and opened
up to the Holy Spirit and they are filled by it by the Holy Trinity.
confirms to us in the Book of Revelations, He says that He is standing
at the door of our heart, knocking on it. And if the Most Holy Trinity
dwells in us we become the temple of God.
like to return to the historic perspective of resurrection. In the days
ahead of us we are going to read in the gospel, we are going to see that
Jesus' enemies are throwing their nets around Jesus, threatening Jesus
more every day. He knows it, He is aware of it, He knows that which the
disciples don't know. There is someone who follows Him on that path of
suffering, that Passion. It is the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is always
near. She suffers with Him. She feels her helplessness. Saint John Paul
II said it was her faith. Often we call Blessed Mother, "Our Lady of
Sorrows'. Throughout her life she suffered so much pain. And her
suffering grows together with Jesus' Passion all the way to the foot of
His Cross, on the Way of the Cross. At the 4th station, we meditate
Jesus carrying His cross and encountering His mother. And the gospel
tells us that she was the witness of His horrifying death on the Cross.
In her own arms she received the massacred body of her Son. The
Christian tradition says that before Mary of Magdalene, Mary, the Mother
of Christ, encountered the risen Christ.
perspective of the life of each one of us, the perspective of
resurrection, of course the Blessed Mother is there as well. She
accompanies us, she follows us, she participates in our suffering and
our pain. If we live in the perspective of God, she is helping us to be
saved. She is helping us on our path of conversion. And we have to
experience that spiritual presence of hers. We call her especially here,
the Queen of Peace. In the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, there are
some twelve titles in which we call her Queen. And Queen of Peace is
Mary is Queen. When we contemplate the
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, we speak of her as Queen of Heaven and
Earth. We meditate upon her Assumption as well as her Crowning as Queen
of Heaven and Earth. She participates in all the characteristics of the
Kingship of her Son, the one who is the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
His Kingdom is universal. She is everywhere and we are allowed to praise
her and revere her everywhere. We thank her for her constant presence
in the life of each one of us, she is by each one of us always present.
Queen of Peace, it is the fruit of conversion. She brings peace into our
hearts and thus we become peaceful people, peaceful with our families,
with our environment, our governments, our societies.
in the world is threatened. Pope Francis, Holy Father, says that the
Third World War is partially already here. And the most terrible are the
civil wars, those that take place among people who live in the same
country. Dear brothers and sisters, I lived for 21 years in Rwanda.
Africa. In 1982 Our Lady was appearing there. And she predicted the
genocide in Rwanda, 10 years before it actually happened. When she gave
that message, no one understood it. In this genocide, in three months,
one million people were slaughtered. The apparitions of Blessed Mother
in Rwanda were already recognized. She introduced herself as the Mother
of the Eternal Word. Also in the perspective of the lack of peace,
therefore that cult that is so intense here, is so important for the
whole world!! We pray for peace, because destructive forces are
tremendous throughout the world. It is tragic that families, societies,
marriages, countries, are in conflict. We need a heavenly intervention.
And the presence of the Blessed Mother is one of these interventions. It
is God's initiative. Therefore, I would like to encourage and fortify
all of you on behalf of the Pope, as his emissary. (translator weeps and
thanks Jesus and applause in church)
throughout the world, peace, through the conversion of hearts. The
greatest miracle of Medjugorje are the confessions here. The Sacrament
of Reconciliation and Mercy, forgiveness. It is the Sacrament of
Resurrection. And I want to thank all the priests who come here to hear
confessions of the faithful. I have seen today over 60 priests available
for confession, serving the people of God. I have spent many years in
Western Countries, France, Belgium...and I would say that Confession,
individual confession, practically has disappeared in the Western world
with the exception of here and there. Therefore, the heart of man is
closed. The world is becoming dry. Evil is strengthening. Conflicts are
multiplied. Therefore, let us all be the apostles of the Good News,
Conversion and Peace in the world.
As I have
learned here, I have heard these words: Non-believers are those who have
not yet experienced the love of God. When love and mercy of God touches
you, you cannot resist it. Therefore, we are going to participate
together with those who save lives, we are witnesses of those who are
saving lives. As the Franciscans said, there are pilgrims coming from at
least 80 different countries throughout the world. This calling has
been spread to the ends of the world, just as Jesus said to the
Apostles, sending them to the ends of the world. You are witnesses of
the love of Christ, and the love of His Mother, and love of the Church.
May God fortify you in faith and bless you! (Standing ovation!) Archbishop Henryk Hoser, April 1, 2017, Medjugorje,
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