Monday, January 20, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/20/2014

Give me your hearts!

 (c) Mary TV 2014

January 20, 2014,
Saint Fabian and Saint Sebastian

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I call you to give me your heart so I can change it to be like mine. You are wondering, dear children, why you cannot respond to that which I am seeking from you. You are not able to because you have not given me your heart so I can change it. You are talking but you are not doing. I call on you to do everything that I am telling you. That way I will be with you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 15, 1986)

In this early message, Our Lady talks about our consecration, though she doesn't use the word. She describes consecration this way: "I call you to give me your heart so I can change it to be like mine." It helps me to think of consecration this way. Consecration is much more than a simple dedication. Our Lady actually wants to take our hearts and change them to be like hers. That is radical.

What do we give Our Lady when we give her our heart? What is in our heart? Well, our heart is the seat of our person. It is where our soul is experienced. It is in our heart that the faculties of our soul operate. Our intellect and our will and our memory all function in our heart. So all of our desires, hopes, fears, thoughts, intentions, moral decisions, etc. happen in it. Giving our heart to Our Lady is like handing over command central to her. We open ourselves to her counsel and direction, if we give her our heart. She gains access to our wounds, our sad memories, our misguided choices and bondage, our emotions and our desires. She also can participate in our thoughts and hopes, our prayers and our aspirations. What do you suppose she will do with all that?

She will introduce the healing balm of her Immaculate Heart into our wounded and broken hearts. She will administer the blessings and graces of her beautiful heart to our weak hearts, giving them the strength and joy to hope in God and begin to follow Him. She will make our hearts capable of saying "yes" to God and doing His will. She will banish loneliness and despair, giving us the joyful hearts of God's children. She will make us new.

The Gospel for today (Mark 2:18-22) talks about old wine skins. Jesus tells his critics that you cannot put new wine into old wineskins, because they cannot take the strain and will burst. I think our broken hearts are like old wineskins that cannot take the strain of the new life God offers us. Our hearts have to be made new, like new wineskins so that they can respond to the call of God. Our Lady wants to make our hearts into new hearts, new wineskins, so that they can hold the powerful love that God wants to pour into them. Let's give her our hearts so that she can change them!

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