“Dear children! Also today I desire to call you all to be strong in prayer and in the moments when trials attack you. Live your Christian vocation in joy and humility and witness to everyone. I am with you and I carry you all before my Son Jesus, and He will be your strength and support. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
A Reflection from Fr. Ed Chalmers on Our Lady’s Message of March 25, 2010
“Dear children! Also today I desire to call you all to be strong in prayer and in the moments when trials attack you. Live your Christian vocation in joy and humility and witness to everyone.” As we reflect upon these sentences of Our Lady’s Message of March 25, 2010, I wonder are we strong in prayer? Also, in what way do we react to the trials and tribulations that we experience?
During these days, we are again blessed to be celebrating Holy Week. In the Church’s liturgies for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday the sufferings of Jesus are graphically related to us. During these days, may we spend more time in prayer. Also, with much faith and perseverance we should be accepting our personal suffering and offering it to Jesus for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls.
Through the Paschal Mystery (Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection) the Lord graciously shared His unconditional love for all humanity. In faith, hope and love we must respond to our dear Lord’s love for us. Read the passion accounts in the Gospels and be inspired by Jesus love to become more like Him. We cannot be satisfied with whom we are. We can be better. We must become humble and share God’s love in a joyful way. We can challenge people to believe in God more fervently, but we should not condemn. Let the words of Jesus proclaimed as His cross was up righted, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) be the pledge by which we live our lives. Will we be forgiving people who are filled with the compassion and mercy of Jesus? We must let God do the judging.
In this message of March 25, 2010 Our Lady said, “Live your Christian vocation in joy and humility and witness to everyone.” She did not say live your Christian vocation in criticism and condemnation and witness to whom you wish.
As we contemplate the challenges that we face in our attempt to be faithful to Jesus, the next sentence of Our Lady’s message of March 25, 2010 can be helpful. “I am with you and I carry you all before my Son Jesus, and He will be your strength and support.” On the lonely days when we feel spiritually abandoned, may we believe that Our Lady is showering us with her motherly love and embrace. Through the power of the Holy Spirit she will lead us to Jesus. We are truly blessed. Let us trust in the sacred presence of God while believing in the creative, redeeming and sanctifying love of the Trinity. Again, if we allow Our Lady to be our spiritual Mother, she will bring us to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is there within His loving heart that our dear Lord will prepare our souls for the Eternal Father.
I hope you are well. Give my best to all of your families. Have a wonderful Easter, but we must remember that our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead should not end on Sunday evening. Treasure the liturgies of the Easter Season. Continue the spiritual exercises that you began during Lent. During these days, read and reflect upon Chapter 20 of the Gospel of John. Remember Jesus’ beautiful greeting to his dear friend Mary Magdalene in the garden outside his tomb. (John 20:15) Be inspired by Jesus’ greeting to the unbelieving St. Thomas. “Put your finger here and see my hands and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” (John 20:27) When Thomas responded, “My Lord and my God, Jesus said to him have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:28-29) As believers in our dear Lord, may we accept His beautiful blessing. May the sacredness of the Easter Season help us to become Our Lord’s devoted servants. May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you, forever and ever. Amen.
God’s love and prayers always,