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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mary TV: July 17, 2018 Reflection - Love the Lord with all your heart...

 

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July 17, 2018
 
Dear Family of Mary!
"And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." (Luke 10:27)
 
These are the words of a lawyer who asked Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him that he was right and if he did this he would live. How many times have we heard these same words, but have not comprehended them? How difficult it is for us to do anything with our whole heart, our entire soul, all our strength and all our mind (will). And yet, Jesus calls us to love Him first and entirely.
Our Lady gave a beautiful message in which she encouraged us to this wholehearted love:
 
November 02, 2016 "Dear children, to come to you and to make myself known to you is a great joy for my motherly heart. It is a gift from my Son for you and for others who are coming.

As a mother I am calling you: love my Son above everything. In order to love Him with all your heart, you need to come to know Him. You will come to know Him through prayer. Pray with the heart and with your feelings. To pray means to think of His love and sacrifice. To pray means to love, to give, to suffer and to offer. I am calling you, my children, to be apostles of prayer and love.

My children, it is a time of vigilance. In this vigil I am calling you to prayer, love and trust. As my Son will be looking in your hearts, my motherly heart desires for Him to see unconditional trust and love in them. The united love of my apostles will live, will conquer and will expose evil.

My children, I was a chalice of the God-man; I was God's instrument. That is why I am calling you, my apostles, to be a chalice of the true and pure love of my Son. I am calling you to be an instrument through which all those who have not come to know the love of God - who have never loved - may comprehend, accept and be saved. Thank you, my children."

Our Lady tells us to love her Son above everything, to love Him with all our heart. And she explains how we can do it. Through coming to know Him. And we come to know Him through prayer with the heart, with our feelings, while thinking of His love for us. We have to spend time with Jesus, lots of time. We have to grow in our understanding of His life, and how He loved us to the end. We need to contemplate the mysteries of His Passion and Death. We need to live the Liturgical Year with the prayers of the Church and become filled with the life of Jesus.

Then we will be able to love Him more and more. And that is when we will become apostles of His love. That is when we will change the world. That is when we will be chalices of the God-man, holding the Eucharistic Jesus in our hearts like living tabernacles. We will contemplate our loving Lord and love Him back.

So let's not allow these words from the lawyer to bounce off of us like water on a rock. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." Amen, may it be so!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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