Friday, May 03, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/3/2013

Mirjana Soldo apparition May 2 2013
(c)Mary TV 2013
Mirjana sees Our Lady, May 2, 2013

May 3, 2013
Saints Philip and James

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Anew, I am calling you to love and not to judge. My Son, according to the will of the Heavenly Father, was among you to show you the way of salvation, to save you and not to judge you. If you desire to follow my Son, you will not judge but love like your Heavenly Father loves you. And when it is the most difficult for you, when you are falling under the weight of the cross do not despair, do not judge, instead remember that you are loved and praise the Heavenly Father because of His love. My children, do not deviate from the way on which I am leading you. Do not recklessly walk into perdition. May prayer and fasting strengthen you so that you can live as the Heavenly Father would desire; that you may be my apostles of faith and love; that your life may bless those whom you meet; that you may be one with the Heavenly Father and my Son. My children, that is the only truth, the truth that leads to your conversion, and then to the conversion of all those whom you meet - those who have not come to know my Son - all those who do not know what it means to love. My children, my Son gave you a gift of the shepherds. Take good care of them. Pray for them. Thank you." (May 2, 2013)

This message through Mirjana is another lesson in the School of Mary. Our Lady has been teaching us how to become more and more like her Son, Jesus, for almost 32 years. Her school is free and open to the public. It is simple enough for the smallest child and yet exquisite enough for the greatest intellect. It contains very practical lessons, centered on the most common concepts, and yet her teachings can produce the most refined souls. Her methods are based on actions, like prayer, love, forgiveness, repentance, peacemaking, etc. But the results reach the deepest interior of the human person. And Our Lady, though the teacher, is not the only educator. She has a partner, a silent yet powerful person, the Holy Spirit. It is because she works in union with the Holy Spirit that her school is such a success!

The main topic for our lesson today from Mary's School, is to love and not to judge. We are asked to do some self-examination. We are asked to uncover something in our relations with others. Do we love? Do we love like Jesus loves? And we are asked to uncover any tendency we may have to judge. Do we judge our neighbor? Do we hold our own opinions about others? Do we react to mistreatment with a judgment?

These questions are related. Our Lady wants us to love as Jesus loves. This means that we view others as Jesus would view them. We want their salvation. We want them to be blessed. We long for them to be united to the Heavenly Father. We desire their freedom from suffering, from sin, and from evil. We place ourselves at their service for these very reasons. This is the love Our Lady wants us to have.

And so we cannot judge. It says in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "
To judge: to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises." (Merriam-Webster) Note that forming such an opinion requires evidence and testing.  Judging requires facts.  Do we really have all the facts? In regards 
to another person, and their life, probably we do not.  Only God knows all about each of our lives.  Even our parents don't know us completely.  How then can we judge another? 

We often put a negative connotation to "judging". If we are judging it is assumed that we are condemning others. And though this is often the case, there is another side to judgment. We can place an inordinate value on others through our judgments. We can idolize or overly trust others because of our judgment. Either way, we are defining others with our judgment. And this is not commensurate with love. To love as Jesus loves, we set aside ourselves, and work for the welfare of the other. We don't let any opinion we may have of that person interfere with our love for them. We simply desire their good. We can make judgments about evil or good actions, but even then we cannot draw a conclusion about the person. We must let God be the judge.

So in Our Lady's School, we are to learn how to regard others with a holy respect and good will. We are to love them for their own sake, and not make judgments about them that would restrict or define them according to our own measurements. This is what Jesus said in Matthew's Gospel: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get."  (Matt 7:1-2) What could Jesus mean by this, but that our own judgments of others place our souls in danger with God. Because if we judge, measure, value according to our own standards, we will be objectifying others and placing ourselves in an exalted position. This will lead us away from God and His plans for us to love. We will be putting ourselves in danger!

This lesson is a very challenging one for us. We probably all have habits of judging that happen within our thought life, almost unnoticed. But Our Lady wants us to clean up our thought life, and make it an avenue of grace for others. May we respond to this lesson with open hearts and learn to love as Jesus loves! Come Holy Spirit!

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

PS. On May 2, Mary TV streamed the apparition to Mirjana at the Blue Cross, live. We had unexpected technical difficulties, but the video was up for any who joined in that moment. We were able to post the video on our home page for subsequent viewing. Also, we were able to view a live camera feed from the top of the Mary TV building during our 10:00 am Rosary. We have had a burst of new possibilities for Mary TV this week, as our technical capacity grows! Thanks to all who join us! Please keep praying! 


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