Commentary on Our Lady's February 25 Message
Dear children! Today I call you to be my extended hands in this world that puts God in the last place. You, little children, put God in the first place in your life. God will bless you and give you strength to witness Him, the God of love and peace. I am with you and intercede for all of you. Little children, do not forget that I love you with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Today also, the Virgin Mary is calling us. She is inviting us to be her
“extended hands in this world”. She has extended, and she continues to
extend her hands and her heart to us. She desires that we take her by
the hand, that we open our heart to her and that we listen to her voice.
The glance that we pose on her with the heart helps us to persevere on
the path, on which we have to go, on the way that God intended for us.
Mary, our Mother, desires to be present in our families, in our human
relations, in our conversations through our life and our deeds. She is
not expecting from us to do extraordinary things. She did not do any
either. She fulfilled her work through simple and ordinary domestic
services, but she was doing simple and insignificant things with an
extraordinary love. The real greatness is not to do something extraordinary, but
to do all that we do with an extraordinary love.
Mary was offering to the Lord small and daily deeds with love. In the
privacy of her life, she wanted to please only the Lord. Her will did
not waver. For her, God was in the first place, and this is why her life
was entirely filled. This is why she is our Mother and our Teacher. As
a Mother, she wants to wake us up, and to teach us that it is not
important what we do, but how we do it.
Through this message also, she is encouraging us to put God in the
first place in our life. When God is in the first place, all the rest finds
its right place. The worst of all, it is that human beings have
forgotten God, and all the rest that happens to us in life, are only the
consequences of this. It is strange that human beings do not notice the
creator and author of their lives. Even stranger is than human beings are
able to turn away from God, and thus destroy themselves and those who
are close to them.
If we put God at the first place, we will certainly find time for
prayer, for the encounter with God. If we seek God sincerely, and if we do
not know where to find Him, we must begin to pray, to pray daily. It
will not always be easy, but it will be salutary. We find time for what we
love. If we love ourselves, we will find prayer, the encounter with God
who heals, who saves and who gives the strength to live and give
witness in favour of God who is love and peace. Without God, we are weak and
helpless, unable to forgive, to love and to give witness in favour of
God who is alive and who languishes for us, his children. To believe in
God means to abandon oneself to Him, to dare to jump into the arms of
God. Then, we will experience that He is carrying us and maintaining
every instant of our life.
Mary leads us to God, and she is promisins us her intercession and her
presence. She offers us the love of her heart, the gentle, tender and
salutary love. Let us ask Mary, not to be for us a remote and unknown
being, but the Mother who is present and who does not refuse anybody who
asks her help and her intercession. Let us listen to her in order to
experience already here on earth, in our life and in our families, the
foretaste of Heaven.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medjugorje, February 26,2005