Commentary on Our Lady's August 25, 2004 Message
Dear children! I call you all to conversion of heart. Decide, as in
the first days of my coming here, for a complete change of your life. In
this way, little children, you will have the strength to kneel and to
open your hearts before God. God will hear your prayers and answer them.
Before God, I intercede for each of you. Thank you for having responded
to my call.
Mary, our Mother, invites her children to the conversion of heart. Each
one of us is important for her; each one of us is her child. As our
Mother, she cares for us and for our heart. She is calling to conversion,
just like John the Baptist did it at his time. Matthew the Evangelist
is writing: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at
hand”." (Mt 3,1-2) It is not accidental that Mary came here, to us,
precisely on the feast day of St John the Baptist, on June 24, 1981. Like
him, she is calling and preparing the ways of the Lord in human hearts,
at our time, during all these years. It is the voice of from Heaven
that, through Mary, is resounding today through our world. It is the voice
of the Mother who calls her children. This voice is resounding and
renewing the lives of all those who are far from God, living in the desert
and in the desolation of this world. This voice does not want to
intimidate us. This is a voice that does not threaten, but says to us what
God wants of us today.
The messages of Mary are neither comfortable nor light, but demanding.
This voice can appear hard to the ears of this world. Mary, our Mother,
is perseverant and patient with us. Her love is pressing her on to
speak to us and to return us from evil and from sin. Our Mother wants to
give us a new freshness, a new fervor and the breath of Heaven.
To convert one’s heart to God means to turn to Him Who alone can
satisfy our hunger and quench our thirst for what is more necessary to us
than bread and things of this world, which can neither fill nor set free.
To convert one’s heart means to believe in God and to decide for Him.
God made himself helpless in front of our freedom. Without our decision,
He is almost unable to do anything in our heart, this heart that He
Himself has created. This shows us at which point He loves us, without
ever forcing us to love Him in return.
Our heavenly Mother knows well the enthusiasm of the first days of her
apparitions, the enthusiasm that lived in the hearts because of her
presence. The Virgin Mary and her maternal heart have not changed since
the first days of the apparitions. It is not she who needs to change; we
need it. We are filled with enthusiasm very easily, but this enthusiasm
can also very easily be lost. We always need food to live. We also
always need the contact with God in the prayer of the heart, in trust.
The Virgin Mary calls us to a life of integrity, to a radical change of
our life. God does not want from us shallow words of our prayers, or a
bit of our time. God asks us all, because He has given to us
everything; He has given Himself to us, and He wants that we give Him all. We
need a radical decision, which will make us fall on our knees. On our
knees in front of God, we will know the heart of God. Then, God won’t be
any more a foreigner for us, but a friend. He will become somebody for
whom languish our heart and our soul, because in Him alone our heart can
find peace, this peace that nobody and nothing can give us. Only on our
knees, our heart can open to the Creator our lives. In front of Him, we
are just creatures, but creatures that He loves. I believe that we are
not conscious of this gift of Heaven which is offered to us today
through Mary, our Mother, who is speaking to us and opening to us her
maternal heart full of love, a heart that wants us to consecrate ourselves to
Her. It reveals to us the immensity of the love of God and His
perseverance, in spite of our blindness and our deafness. Only on our knees and
in prayer, we will be able to know the heart of the Mother, this heart
full of love for each one of us, but also the pain that lives in it
because of each heart that is blind and deaf.
Mary, our Mother, we thank you for your intercession, for the prayer
that you are addressing to God for each one of us. Thank you, because you
are not abandoning me, you are not abandoning us.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medjugorje, August 26, 2004