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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection - November 20, 2014 - Throwback Thursday







      
Letting God IN!!
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J.M.J
November 20, 2014

Dear Family of Mary!

On Facebook some people post pictures and stories from their past on Thursdays. They call it "Throwback Thursday". Well here is a message from 1989, a blessing from the early days of Medjugorje.

May 25, 1989 "Dear children! I invite you now to be open to God. See, children, how nature is opening herself and is giving life and fruits. In the same way I invite you to live with God and to surrender completely to him. Children, I am with you and I want to introduce you continuously to the joy of life. I desire that everyone may discover the joy and love which can be found only in God and which only God can give. God doesn't want anything from you only your surrender. Therefore, children, decide seriously for God because everything else passes away. Only God doesn't pass away. Pray to be able to discover the greatness and joy of life which God gives you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Who can resist this message? Our Lady offers us such joy and hope! But she points out that we must "open to God" if we are to receive that joy and hope from Him. She compares our souls to nature. Just as nature opens to the sun, to the warmth of spring, so our souls need to open to the Light of God and the warmth of His love, if we are to bear fruit.

"I invite you to open to God." This invitation suggests that somehow we must resist opening to God. Why do we clam up when God comes around? What could possible keep us from wanting to open our souls to Him? There are many reasons. We may not know He is interested in us. We may not understand that He wants to have a relationship with us. He may seem to be the disinterested clock maker who winds us up and stands back to watch us tick.

Or we may be afraid to open up to God. Maybe He is angry with us. Maybe He wants to chastise us, correct us, and punish us? Maybe we distrust Him. Is He really as good and merciful as we are told?

Maybe we have wounds that make us unable to open up to God. Maybe we have been shamed, betrayed, rejected, abused, abandoned, or mocked. We have decided we will never open up to anyone again, including God. We want to stay hidden safely inside, untouched and unharmed.

Maybe we can't forgive ourselves, or others, or even God. Maybe we are holding a grudge that keeps the doors of our soul tightly locked.

Or maybe we just don't want to be bothered. We have control of our life right now, and we don't want to let go of that control.

Our Lady has called us to open to God in many messages, so it must be true that we have trouble doing so. For many reasons we stay locked inside. But if we remain locked within, we will not grow, we will not bear fruit, we will become empty of true life. We cannot give ourselves life. Only God can give us true life that flourishes.

And so Our Lady tells us, "...I invite you to live with God and to surrender completely to him".
She wants us to live with God, and to trust Him so much that we give everything over to Him, to His care and yes, His control! How foreign this is to most of us. We have been hurt too many times by others who have come into our lives and used us poorly. So trusting God is not easy.   


And so she tells us: "Children, I am with you and I want to introduce you continuously to the joy of life. I desire that everyone may discover the joy and love which can be found only in God and which only God can give. God doesn't want anything from you only your surrender. Therefore, children, decide seriously for God because everything else passes away. Only God doesn't pass away. Pray to be able to discover the greatness and joy of life which God gives you."

Our Lady is with us to help us let God into our lives. This is the only life worth living, the life with God. This is the life that will continue into eternity. This is the life that has no limit to joy and love and all that is good. He will not hurt us, He only wants to love us. But we have to trust Him and let Him come in.

May we accept Our Lady's invitation to the continuous joy of living, by letting Our God into our hearts, inviting Him in without fear, and letting Him touch us!! All He needs is our surrender!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014








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