Reflection on the Message of January 25, 2006
Dear children! Also today I call you to be carriers of the Gospel in your families. Do not forget, little children, to read Sacred Scripture. Put it in a visible place and witness with your life that you believe and live the Word of God. I am close to you with my love and intercede before my Son for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Mary, Mother of God and our mother, begins her every message with these
words: "Dear children!" She knows to whom she is coming and speaking.
She is coming to us who are her beloved children. Many a time she said:
"Dear children, I am telling you this with love; I am calling you with
my maternal love; I am close to you in my love.“ She speaks to us with
love, as Jesus spoke to that rich youth in the Gospel: Jesus looked at
him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said, "Go, sell everything
you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me." (Mark 10:21). Jesus did not have success with the
rich youth despite the love with which he spoke to him. Jesus' call did
not reach the youth's heart.
The Blessed Virgin Mary knows that not everybody will embrace her
motherly word. Despite that, she has faith, she hopes and loves her
children. She loves us even when we, as children, are indifferent, weak and
sinful. She remains perseverant and patient even when we do not have faith
in her and accept her superficially. Her love does not change because
it comes from God's heart, since she herself is all in God's heart.
She calls upon us with this message to be carriers of the Gospel in our
families. Being a carrier of the Gospel means to be a carrier of joy
since the Gospel is a good, joyful news. The Gospel is Jesus Christ. As
our mother, Our Lady constantly bestows us with this ideal of the Gospel
attained by the saints during their life. This is why St. Paul can say:
" I no longer live, but Christ lives in me“ (Gal 2:20). We need prayer
in order to achieve this ideal and to identify ourselves with Jesus
In her message of 25 December 1992 Our Lady spoke to us and taught us
the following: "Dear children! ... Do not forget that your life does
not belong to you, but is a gift with which you must bring joy to others
and lead them to eternal life." We all know that we can be a burden and
a cross to others, as well as others can be the same to us.
Nobody is heavy or dull to Mother Mary because she loves us. Listen to
a story that supports these words. There was once an 8-year-old girl
carrying her little 2-year-old brother on her back. While passing by
people asked her: "Isn’t it heavy for you to carry such a burden?" She
replied: "This is not a burden, this is my little brother. " Only love can
make us carry others with joy, and not just tolerate them.
Mother Mary carries everyone of us with her love. She was the first to
carry the Gospel, to carry God in her mother's lap and in her heart.
God gave her this mission through Angel Gabriel. She was not scared off
by this task and by numerous offspring entrusted to her by the Heavenly
In a lot of her previous messages she encouraged us to read the
Scriptures, as she still does today. Mary is a woman-gospel. That is why she
calls us to read the Scriptures, which are divinely inspired, permeated
with God’s character and His spirit. She has been here since her first
appearance 25 years ago. However, she has not come to unveil new truths
or to add something new to the Gospels. She has been coming as the
Mother desiring us to take God's word seriously so that we do not think of
the Gospels as something abstract, detached from life. And the gospel
is not something that happened in the past and finished. The gospel
happens and renews in life of every Christian. St. Jerome said: "Who does
not know the Scriptures, does not know Christ" In the Bible we find
Jesus Christ himself, his love, his grace and omnipotence. God's word is
not man's word. God resides in his words. Just like the author of the
Epistle to the Hebrews says: "For the word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing
soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes
of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must
give account." (Heb 4:12).
Through faith in the Bible I touch God Himself. Reading the Scriptures
means listening to the words spoken by God to me, receiving the word of
the Bible as a gift. Exactly that is the attitude Mary took after
having heard the words conveyed to her by the messenger of God, the words
that she kept, cherished and thought upon in her heart. I am talking
about hearing, listening attentively to and cherishing the words through
worship, obedience and admiration. We are not masters of God's word, we
are its slaves. When we are reading the Bible while in prayer and full
of faith, we must not search for something that might satisfy our
curiosity or a story we could tell to others. We should let God speak to us
in peace and silence.
Mary promises us to be close, to provide support and guidance. Let us
not be indifferent to her calls.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medugorje, 26 January 2006