Commentary on Our Lady's February 25, 2006 Message
Dear children! In this Lenten time of grace, I call you to open your hearts to the gifts that God desires to give you. Do not be closed, but with prayer and renunciation say ‘yes’ to God and He will give to you in abundance. As in springtime the earth opens to the seed and yields a hundredfold, so also your heavenly Father will give to you in abundance. I am with you and love you, little children, with a tender love. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Today Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church, wishes to prepare
us for Lent with her message. Lent is the season of the church year
that we call the strong time. At the beginning of the Gospel, as well as
at the beginning of Lent we hear Jesus' call: „Convert and believe in
the Gospel“. At the beginning of Lent, particularly on the first day, we
hear the following words: "Remember, man, you are dust, and unto dust
you shall return." As Holy Scripture depicts in great detail, God
created us from the dust of the ground, breathed His breath, His spirit and
His life into us. God has placed Himself in the heart of everyone of us.
If we break the bond, break our relationship with Him, which we can as
we have a free will, then we have no life in us. It means that without
God we are dead, we do not exist. In the best case scenario we can
merely vegetate. If there is no bond between God and us, if we do not reach
out for Him every single day, we are left without His Spirit inside us.
Our Lady is a mother, and a mother cannot remain calm watching her
children walk through this world without God. Her words are simple and
easily comprehensible, but hard when we have to materialize them in our
life. She still speaks today: " Open your hearts". God dwells in the
heart of everyone of us. And we may be out of ourselves, as St Augustine
puts it nicely: "Too late have I love Thee, O Beauty so ancient and so
new, too late have I loved Thee!.“ St Paul says: „He is not far from any
of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being“. If we run away
from God or if we deny Him faith, then it is not us any more, as the
Psalm goes: "Far from Thee, life is life no longer. Not believing in Thee
means being nobody."
Because she is the Mother, Our Lady wants us to live and to have God's
life in us. The path to reach this is an open heart, prayer and
renunciation. Only then can we receive what God desires to give us. And when
it is God who gives, He gives in abundance. Renunciation is not intended
to lose something, but to gain even more. It does not mean holding our
hands tight, but to open them so that God may place in them the gifts
of peace, love, trust, light and hope.
Our Lady makes us see the image of nature: spring, the earth, the seed.
God has placed His own laws in nature and these laws abide by the will
of God. We all know how devastating consequences may be when man tries
to change the laws of nature. Even more devastating are the
consequences when man tries to change the divine laws that God has imprinted in
our consciousness and in our spirit.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and Our Mother, pray for us
in this merciful time of Lent and lead us to the path of prayer and
renunciation so that we can receive gifts from God which He desires to give
us with His infinite love.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic