30th Anniversary Crowd
courtesy of Mary Matasso 2011, used with permission
June 27, 2011Dear Family of Mary!"Dear children! Give thanks with me to the Most High for my presence with you. My heart is joyful watching the love and joy in the living of my messages. Many of you have responded, but I wait for, and seek, all the hearts that have fallen asleep to awaken from the sleep of unbelief. Little children, draw even closer to my Immaculate Heart so that I can lead all of you toward eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call." (June 25, 2011) Praise be to God for Medjugorje! On Saturday, June 25th, many thousands of people joined together to praise God for Medjugorje, to thank Him for the gift of 30 years of apparitions, for 30 years of Our Lady's presence with us in this special way, for 30 years of this oasis of peace. The huge plaza behind St. James Church was completely filled with people, shoulder to shoulder, gathered around the altar to celebrate Holy Mass, to receive their Lord in the Eucharist, to worship the Son of Mary, and to give thanks to the Father for the salvation which was given to us through Mary's 'yes' so many years ago.
Later that same crowd of people became silent, adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and then sang songs of love to Him, opening their hearts to His love outpoured so freely upon Him. Then, in an outburst of joy, fireworks went off! The whole village was awake to the sound of joyful thanksgiving. I am sure that this awesome gathering of love and joy made Our Lady's heart fill with joy!Through her messages, Our Lady has been schooling us on the way of love and peace. She has been teaching us the joy of living only for Jesus. How many stories have I heard this week alone, stories of resurrection, restoration, healing and regeneration! Our Lady has rescued heart after heart from the brokenness of unbelief and sin. By encountering her love, countless pilgrims have learned to know the love of God, their source and destiny. And countless lives have been transformed. This is the incredible gift of Medjugorje. The raising up of souls to God! I have to pack and catch a plane, so this reflection will be short. So much to share! More to come when I get home.
God bless you!