Reflection on the Message of February 25, 2003
Dear children! Also today, as never up to now, I call you to open your hearts to my messages. Little children, be those who draw souls to God and not those who distance them. I am with you and love you all with a special love. This is a time of penance and conversion. From the bottom of my heart, I call you to be mine with all your heart and then you will see that your God is great, because He will give you an abundance of blessings and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
BE THOSE WHO DRAW SOULS TO GOD
At the beginning of this time of Lent, Mary - our Heavenly Mother -
invites us and requests from us: “Open your hearts to my messages”, to my
words, to my heart. As a Mother, the Virgin Mary cannot cease calling,
cannot cease loving her children. The desire of the encounter with God
and with his love must be born within us. Our duty is to desire this
encounter more, and it will take place if we desire it seriously, because
God takes seriously our desires and our prayers. Without this desire of
our heart, all the maternal cries and calls are useless. A mother
cannot do otherwise but call, direct, advise what is best for her children.
In one of her messages, she told us: “You, dear children, are not able
by yourselves, therefore I am here to help you.” (Message of December
4, 1986) By ourselves, we are not able; by ourselves, we do not know how
to open our heart nor do we know why it became closed. She opened her
heart to God and gave it to him; this is why she knows best which are
the means that can help us. She can teach us best, because she also
crossed the ways on which we are still walking. She comes to us because she
wants us to be where she is.
Through Mary, Jesus knocks today at the door of our heart: “Behold, I
stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the
door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” (Ap 3,20)
It is necessary to listen to the voice of God and to pray with Saint
Augustin, who asked to hear the Lord knocking on the door of his heart.
In this time of grace of Lent, it is necessary in particular to listen
to the voice of God who speaks to us through his Word in the Scriptures,
through people, events and situations of our life, through small and
simple things that happen to us daily. It is important to open the eyes
of our heart and of our spirit, to ask the Lord to open them. This is
why - in this time - it is necessary to decide to read the Scriptures, to
go more often to Mass, to make a concrete decision, to cut the bonds
that attach us to evil, to hatred, to idleness, to grumbling and any
Through Mary, God calls us and leads us to fasting, to renouncement, to
brotherly love, to prayer, in order to break in us the tendency to
count on human power, and in order to attach us to himself. As long as we
are governed by vice, sin, covetousness, idleness, human attachments,
lack of dignity, it is a sign that we are not yet free, but under the
power of the sin.
Penance always implies a renouncement. The renouncement means not to
take always what we like, to leave what hurts us, not to offend the
other, not to allow to each small desire of our body to be satisfied, not to
procure to oneself every comfort. To give up means to become free. The
Fathers of the Church teach us: “Do what is contrary to your corrupted
human nature”, so that God can make in us his works of peace, of love
and of freedom.
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medjugorje, February 26, 2004