(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
"Dear children! In this time of grace, I am calling all of you to open your hearts to God's mercy, to begin a new life through prayer, penance and a decision for holiness. This time of spring moves you to a new life, to a renewal, in your thoughts and hearts. Therefore, little children, I am with you to help you to say 'yes' to God and to God's commandments with resoluteness. You are not alone; I am with you through the grace which the Most High gives me for you and your descendants. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2017)
Our Lady calls us to begin a new life, to open our hearts to God's mercy! The Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent was about the man born blind, and how Jesus gave him a whole new life when he gave him a new capacity for sight. We need to have such new sight in order to live our new life as well. Fr. Leon explained this process so well in his homily, that I had to transcribe it!
Original sin is a bit like a straw. If you bend it and it has a kink in it, it will always tend to bend in the same place again. And so although our original sin is wiped away, that capacity, that tendency to sin remains in us, in the same place wherever that is for us. And we therefore are more accustomed to darkness then to light. And so each year we come back to this holy and joyful season of Lent when we open ourselves to the healing touch of Jesus, prepare ourselves once more by His grace to see the world anew in the blazing furnace of the Paschal fire. A light lit in a darkened tomb two thousand years ago which will never more be put out. Which cannot be overcome. This is the new life we are given. In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen
"Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world."
Saint John Paul II