Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mary TV Daily Reflection 3/12/2015

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March 12, 2015

Dear Family of Mary!
"...Since He was born He loves and I desire for all of my children to come to know that love. I desire that all those who left Him because of their pain and misunderstanding may return to Him and that all those who have never known Him may come to know Him. That is why you are here, my apostles, and I as a mother am with you..." (March 2, 2015)

Our Lady cares so much for those who have walked away from Jesus, or have never known Him. She sees how very much they suffer in this world without Him. She longs for them to open their eyes and see Jesus' love waiting for them. She tells us that this is why she is here with us in Medjugorje. And she tells us this is why we are coming to Medjugorje. We come because we are called by Our Lady but when we arrive in Medjugorje she quickly introduces us to her Son. She wants us to fall in love with Jesus, and receive His love in return.

I often think that we pilgrims come to Medjugorje because we are weary, tired out by the world and its demands, thirsty for love and peace. We come to find a different way to live. And we are not disappointed. This Scripture comes to mind:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30)

It is true, we are heavy laden. But we find rest in Our Lady and in Jesus. But this rest that we find is not just for us. It is a gift we can offer to others, especially those who have been hurt by the Church, or who are suffering because of disorder and sin in their lives. And even for those who have never known Jesus, we can offer rest. It is the rest of knowing Jesus.

How do we do this? Simply by entering that rest with Jesus and living in that rest when we return home. We can come home from Medjugorje different. We can be filled with peace, with hope, and with the love that Jesus has for us. If we do come home yoked to Jesus, we will look very different. We will be living messages of hope for Our Lady's children who do not have a relationship with her Son.

St. Faustina was given a deep understanding of the love of Jesus, and of the deep peace that He offers to those who come to Him. She wrote:

(1747) God, You could have saved thousands of worlds with one word; a single sigh from Jesus would have satisfied Your justice. But You Yourself, Jesus, purely out of love for us, underwent such a terrible Passion. Your Father's justice would have been propitiated with a single sigh from You, and all Your self-abasement is solely the work of Your mercy and Your inconceivable love. On leaving the earth, O Lord, You wanted to stay with us, and so You left us Yourself in the Sacrament of the Altar, and You opened wide Your mercy to us. There is no misery that could exhaust You; You have called us all to this fountain of love, to this spring of God's compassion. Here is the tabernacle of Your mercy, here is the remedy for all our ills. To You, O living spring of mercy, all souls are drawn; some like deer, thirsting for Your love, others to wash the wound of their sins, and still others, exhausted by life, to draw strength. At the moment of Your death on the Cross, You bestowed upon us eternal life; allowing Your most holy side to be opened, You opened an inexhaustible spring of mercy for us, giving us Your dearest possession, the Blood and Water from Your Heart. Such is the omnipotence of Your mercy. From it all grace flows to us.

When we are drawn to Medjugorje by Our Lady, she shows us Jesus in all His extravagant love for us. She opens the way for us to experience His love, through conversion, confession, adoration, Holy Mass, and deep prayer, especially the prayer of the Rosary. She adheres us to Jesus in this way, and we find our rest. But she wants oh-so-many more of her children to enter into that rest in Jesus. We need to be living messages of that love, that rest, so that they will find their way to Jesus as well.

Let's pray our novena prayer to St. Joseph! 

Novena Prayer to St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus!

Dear St. Joseph, you were given the awesome task of protecting and guiding Jesus and His mother, Mary, through the difficult early years of Jesus' life. The Father asked you to steer the little ship of the family through many troubled waters, from the earliest moment of Jesus' conception, when your gentle heart waited for a word from the Father, to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem where there was no room in the inn, to the escape from Herod's soldiers and the flight into Egypt, to the return to Nazareth where Jesus and Mary lived their hidden life with you, to the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. You protected, guided, and provided for Jesus and Mary while depending on the providence of heaven.

We are so grateful to you for joining us in this little boat on the digital sea - the Daily Rosary. We trust that you will guide, protect and provide for us as you did for Jesus and Mary! We thank you in advance for your loving, fatherly care for us as we strive to respond to Our Lady's call from Medjugorje.

St. Joseph, Husband of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus, pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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