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Friday, March 22, 2013

Mary TV daily Reflection 3/22/2013

 
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J.M.J.      

March 22, 2013

Dear Family of Mary,

"Dear children! I call you to, with complete trust and joy, bless the name of the Lord and, day by day, to give Him thanks from the heart for His great love. My Son, through that love which He showed by the Cross, gave you the possibility to be forgiven for everything; so that you do not have to be ashamed or to hide, and out of fear not to open the door of your heart to my Son. To the contrary, my children, reconcile with the Heavenly Father so that you may be able to come to love yourselves as my Son loves you. When you come to love yourselves, you will also love others; in them you will see my Son and recognize the greatness of His love. Live in faith! Through me, my Son is preparing you for the works which He desires to do through you - works through which He desires to be glorified. Give Him thanks. Especially thank Him for the shepherds - for your intercessors in the reconciliation with the Heavenly Father. I am thanking you, my children. Thank you."   (03/18/13 through Mirjana)

Our Lady tells us to "reconcile with the Heavenly Father..." She doesn't want anything to stand between us and our Father in Heaven. Of course, our redemption was won by Jesus on the Cross, and that redemption opens the way for our union with the Father. But, even with all that Jesus has done to return us to the Father's embrace, we can still put up obstacles. We can still hang back, resist the love of the Father, and be shy of Him.

Why do we hang back? For many of us it is our wounded-ness. We have internalized attitudes to the Father derived from our experiences with our own fathers, or with fatherhood in general in our fallen world. Some of us have been disappointed, disheartened, neglected, forgotten, abandoned, mistreated, and frightened by our fathers. Others have just experienced the normal weakness of their fathers and therefore they cannot imagine God as a father. God is God. Fathers are fathers.

And so we have to work at our understanding of God the Father. The best way is to study the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, to see who the Father is. Jesus shows us in so many ways who the Father is and how much He loves us. Jesus IS the revelation of the Father and His love for us. We need to look to Jesus for the healing of this aversion to the Father.

I received an email from Ben yesterday that I would like to share with you. Ben shares a very simple way that he has found to help him to overcome any resistance to the Father:

Cathy,

Maybe, because of the March 18th message to Mirjana, this is the time to share with someone outside of my family a small change I was prompted to make, several years ago, when saying the Our Father prayer. You see many people think of fathers as being very stern and perhaps unloving. So, the Holy Spirit (I hope) moved me to pray the prayer as follows:

"Our LOVING Father, who art in heaven..........."

(a small thing, perhaps, but it does serve as a constant reminder to my wife and me of our God's constant and great love)   
God's Blessings to you, Dennis and all at Mary T.V.
Ben

Thank you, Ben, for sharing this inspiration! It is a nice way to let God's love sink in. It reminds me of the word that Hebrew children use for their father: "Abba". "Abba" means "Daddy" or "Pappa". It is a word of endearment from a little child to its father. I have heard people say that when they go to Israel and hear children calling out to their fathers, "Abba, Abba!", it finally hits them that Jesus wants us to call His Father our Abba as well. God is our Abba, our "loving Father".

Well, this weekend we enter into Holy Week. We will accompany Jesus on the road to Calvary. We will keep vigil with Mother Mary. We will witness the great love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for each one of us. If we ever had any doubt of God's love for us, this next week should dispel it completely.

Thank you for being such great companions with me on the journey we are on together. Our loving, heavenly Father is calling us all to come back. And Jesus is providing the way. We have only to take Our Lady's hand and she will help us on that way back home.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013


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