Reflection on the Message of September 25, 2003
Dear children! Also today I call you to come closer to my heart. Only in this way, will you comprehend the gift of my presence here among you. I desire, little children, to lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus; but you resist and do not desire to open your hearts to prayer. Again, little children, I call you not to be deaf but to comprehend my call, which is salvation for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Mary, our Mother, invites also today her children who have ears to hear her call. She isn't calling us yesterday or tomorrow, but today, at this moment, which is the most important moment of our life. We can stop neither life nor time. Time goes towards its end, or rather towards its new beginning. Our Mother wants that we start to prepare ourselves for our eternity. Our future and our eternity depend on our decision today. The "today" of God resounds in the whole Bible until our days, until our "today" here through Marie.
Our Mother draws us to her immaculate, holy and maternal Heart. It is the heart that loved Jesus, which believed in Jesus, and with this same heart she loves each one of us. How many times, as today, she already said: "I desire, little children, to lead you to the heart of my Son Jesus". The path that leads to Jesus is the path of faith and of prayer, to which Mary invites us.
Mary knows well the desires and the aspirations of the human heart. We cannot mislead our heart while proposing to it dead things, food and drink, comfort and pleasure. We need another food, the food that God offers to us. We need God's love and His word. Today still, human beings are hungry for God, hungry for true and pure love, seek them more than things. Nothing less than God can satisfy human beings or fill their vacuum, release them from restlessness, slavery, fear and sin.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us: "The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for: The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator." (CCC 27)
It is not only man who desires God; today, in a very special way through Marie in this very place, God desires man. God wants to make man happy, content, filled, but he won't do it by force or with a stick, but with love, to which we are invited to open our doors in full freedom.
The heart of God was pierced. The sword of pain pierced the heart and the soul of Mary. The heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary do not cease bleeding and suffering because of our sins: our blasphemy, our deafness, our blindness, our resistances and our refusal to receive them. Despite everything, God calls, because he cannot keep silent seeing his creature - human being - going astray.
God did not withdraw himself from man; let us not withdraw from God, because thus, we would withdraw from ourselves and from life.
May the desire of Mary, expressed in one of her messages: "I wish that my heart, the heart of Jesus and your heart one heart of love!" (July 25, 1999) be carried out in the world and in our families in us and through us.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medjugorje, September 26, 2003