"Dear children! Today I call you to approach prayer actively. You wish to live everything I am telling you, but you are not succeeding because you are not praying. Dear children, I beseech you to open yourselves and begin to pray. Prayer will be your joy. If you make a start, it won't be boring to you because you will be praying out of joy. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 20, 1986)
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Mary TV Daily Reflection 2/5/2014
(Fr. Stanko Cosic)
(c)Mary TV 2013
February 5, 2014
Dear Family of Mary!
Fruit of Medjugorje, Episode 101 featured Fr. Stanko Cosic. Fr. Stanko is the youngest Franciscan stationed at Medjugorje right now. He is 28. He was not even born when the apparitions began!! He has lived his whole life with Our Lady of Medjugorje! And you can see the fruit of it in his peaceful and joyful countenance.
I have begun to transcribe his talk, because it is a so beautiful! His theme is Joy! Here is the first installment:
Fr. Stanko Cosic
Talk given in the John Paul II building in Medjugorje in 2014:
I would like to greet all of you. My name is Fr. Stanko Cosic. For the time being, I am the youngest Franciscan Priest here in Medjugorje. (Applause) To be honest with you, this morning I wanted to prepare myself with prayer and meditation for this encounter with you. But of course you know you can't plan everything. Things don't go every time the way you plan. I had to go to Mostar this morning to do some errands and I just arrived 15 minutes ago!
These are the situations when I actually say to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she has to take over.
I would like to start with this, to give you the first line of this conversation today, because the topic will be joy! Joy is actually the opportunity to be who I am and to give myself time to be built up into the person she wants me to be. Also, we need to be joyful because things don't always happen the way we schedule them to happen. Joy that I am able to accept myself and everybody around me just the way they are.
When we look at Jesus we see that His point of view is very specific. The first time He met Simon, He told him, "You are Simon Peter." He didn't tell Peter only who he was. He also told Peter who he was going to become. He didn't tell Simon what he was in his past, but he told him what he was at that moment, and what he would become later on, what he was going to be. This is nice, because then I can see that I can do more in my own preparation and in my own giving, and I can give to Jesus all the things I haven't given to him yet. Also the old things, I can give them to him, because he knows what I will become. This is difficult for me, because many times I am actually facing obstacles and misunderstanding, but I know very well that Jesus knows what I will become one day. That is a source of joy within myself.
When we are reflecting upon the messages that Our Lady has given here in Medjugorje...and as you know the apparitions started here on the 24th of June, back in 1981...she finishes them with one sentence. As you know, every message ends with one sentence, "Thank you for having responded to my call." She is not saying, "Thank you that you will respond to my call." No, she says, "Thank you for having responded to my call." Then I always think of this meeting of Jesus with Simon Peter, because Our Lady sees what we are going to do in the future. She sees in us what we are going to become.
The 24th of June is the day connected with the last prophet. Our Lady, Queen of Peace, didn't pick that day by accident. Of course we do not know all her reasons. But there is one really nice story that I would love to share with you.
When Our Lady appeared to one man, she said to him, "I have something very important to share with you." And she told him to wait a little bit. Then she finally told him that thing after 50 years! So I can tell you that it is going to take a long time to accept and to understand.
But let's go back to the 24th of June which is connected with John the Baptist. He was the one who was invited to prepare the way for Jesus. Now we may ask ourselves, what does this mean in our life? Is it [Jesus' return] only connected to our death? Or maybe it [Jesus' return] is connected with our life. Jesus said, "When the Son of God comes to earth, will he find any faith?" I don't think He is only thinking of His second coming. But every time that two people come together in His name, He is within us. And when we connect with the role of John the Baptist, then we can say that it connects to our everyday life. That is why we have the invitation from Our Lady, to prepare our path towards Jesus. [We have to get ready for the coming of Jesus.] In order to do that we have to know Jesus. How can we talk about someone we don't know?
Imagine that you live in your family, spending your whole life with a person you don't know. How can you do that? It is literally hell. But if we are called to get to know each other on a daily basis, every day to know ourselves better, how can we do these things without knowing God? As much as we know God, we actually know ourselves in a better way. As much as we know God, we also know the people around us in a better way. We will learn to understand how Jesus was looking upon Simon Peter. [Jesus shows us] that people have opportunities to grow to perfection. That is the source of joy within ourselves. (Fr. Stanko Cosic)
"Joy is actually the opportunity to be who I am and to give myself time to be built up into the person she wants me to be." I love this statement. Joy is the opportunity to be...it is the moment when we feel life is ok, we are ok, God loves us, life is good, there is hope for good to come. Joy is the moment when we can entrust ourselves to God and to Mary, because fear has left us and faith reigns! Joy is the sign that God knows who I will become, and He is happy with me! Just as Jesus could see into Simon's future and knew he would become Peter, so also Jesus looks into our lives and sees that we will be His beloved children, His dearest family in heaven. And so we can rest in that certainty. Jesus loves us and will love us into holiness. Isn't that wonderful!!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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