Friday, June 07, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 6/7/2013

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Children of God...


June 7, 2013
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Dear Family of Mary!

".... My children, do not forget that my Son redeemed you by His Cross and enabled you, anew, to be children of God; to be able to, anew, call the Heavenly Father: 'Father'..." (June 2, 2013)

It was the sacrifice of Jesus that brought us all back into the family of God. As St. John tells us:

"But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1: 12-13)

If we receive Jesus into our hearts, if we take His yoke and learn from Him, He will lead us to our Father, our true Father in heaven who made us and wants nothing more than to love us.

I like how St. John makes it clear that we do not become children of God by...

1. Blood. We do not become children of God through our parents or ancestors. Truly, God has no grandchildren!
2. The will of the flesh. We can't buy our way into the family of God with our own power or through worldly means.
3. The will of man. We can't be given a place in the family of God by any other man, no matter how holy or powerful he is.
4. But of God! We can only be born into the family of God by God Himself. God does it all for us, in Jesus.

Imagine coming up to a beautiful house, full of people you love, and finding the door shut and locked. You want to enter the house but you are locked out. You have no right to be in that house because you are not family. You are an outsider. Imagine the loneliness of that moment, when you realize you cannot get in. And they cannot open the door for you either. There is nothing you can do.

Then imagine Jesus coming around the corner of the house, embracing you, comforting you, and then showing you to the door. He takes the key from his pocket, and opens the door, and you go in together. You realize at that moment that it was because Jesus died on the Cross that you can enter the house. He alone made it possible for you to become one of the family inside. You owe everything to Him. You turn to thank Him, but He is gone. He has gone to find all the other children.

Then you notice that there is someone waiting for you in the house, someone you have always wanted to draw close to. Someone you have longed to know. It is the Father you always yearned for, the Father you needed so many times but didn't know. It is the Father who loves you so much that He would send His most beloved Son to take your place, to bear your sins, to pay your dues. This Father waits for you to come and embrace Him and call Him "Father".

You are home.

This is what Our Lady wants us to understand, to experience. She wants us to call the Heavenly Father, "Father"!! But only Jesus can make our adoption back into the family a reality.

Today as we adore the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let's thank Him for this great gift, that we are called "Children of God". It is a gift His Sacred Heart won for us.

Here is a short prayer to the Sacred Heart written by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val:

Jesus, reveal Your Sacred Heart to me and show me Its attractions. Unite me to It forever. Grant that all my desires and every beat of my heart, which does not cease even while I sleep, may be a witness to You of my love for You and tell You: Yes Lord, I am Yours! The pledge of my loyalty to You rests ever in my heart and shall never cease to be there. Accept the little good that I do and be pleased to make up for all my wrong-doing so that I may be able to praise You in time and in eternity. Amen.

It is this union of our hearts to Jesus' Heart that brings us into the Family of God, where we call God our "Father"!

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

PS. Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.! Really we pass through Mary's heart to Jesus' heart when we enter the presence of the Heavenly Father. What a beautiful path to take! We love you Mother Mary!!


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