Monday, June 10, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 6/10/2013

Jesus looking down from the cross
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He who has seen me has seen the Father...


June 10, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"...To be worthy of the Father, love and forgive, because your Father is love and forgiveness. Pray and fast, because that is the way to your purification, it is the way of coming to know and becoming cognizant of the Heavenly Father. When you become cognizant of the Father, you will comprehend that He is all you need..." (June 2, 2013)

Our Lady speaks to us quite often of our Heavenly Father. She seems to think that we don't really know the Father well enough, that we don't think of Him often enough and that we are not aware of His love. This reminds me of the question that Philip asked Jesus in John's Gospel:

Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? (John 14:8-10)

We all want to say to Philip, "Dah...." But really, it is quite true that if we are not praying regularly, if we are not reading Scripture and silently listening to Jesus, we will not be aware that the Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. We may not be aware of the Father at all because we haven't gone deep enough into Jesus!

The Father is full of love. He is full of fatherly concern for us. There is not one hair on our head that He is not aware of, concerned for, delighted with. He made us because He loves us so much, and is so excited that we live with Him forever in Heaven. The Father is just like Jesus, and Jesus is just like the Father. They both love us to the end!!!

A very common wound is the "Father" wound. Very often, when we experience inner healing we will become aware that at some level we have experienced rejection or loss or abuse from our fathers. Many times it is just the absence of our earthly father that has wounded us. No father is perfect. But we have built into us a need for the perfect father. And anything less can be very painful. That is why Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied."

So, Jesus came to reveal our Perfect Father to us. He came to connect us back to our real Father who made us and who loves us intensely. This Father is the one we yearn for. Jesus in his earthly life also yearned for the Father. That is why he spent hours in prayer, often all night long. He was in prayer, connecting with His Father. We need our Father!!

Our Lady wants us to realize that we need the Father. Then she wants us to be aware of Him, be cognizant of Him, think about Him, pray to Him, depend upon Him, just as we do Jesus. We need our Father. She knows that we will be satisfied only when we are connected to the Father through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus wants the very same thing!! How can we forget the prayer Jesus taught the disciples? It is a prayer that focuses completely on the Father! It is the "Our Father". Jesus came so that we could be cognizant of the Father, and understand that in Him all our needs are met!

Let's pray with Jesus, the prayer He taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

May we truly become cognizant of the Heavenly Father's love for us. Our Lady will help us if we respond to her call to prayer, fasting, love and forgiveness!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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