Reflection in March 2005
Reflection on the Message of March 25, 2005
OUR LADY IS INVITING US TO LOVE
“Dear children! Today I call you to love. Little children, love each other with God’s love. At every moment, in joy and in sorrow, may love prevail and, in this way, love will begin to reign in your hearts. The risen Jesus will be with you and you will be His witnesses. I will rejoice with you and protect you with my motherly mantle. Especially, little children, I will watch your daily conversion with love. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Message of March 25, 2005
Gospa, our Mother with a heart full of love, begins her message with a call: “Dear children, today I call you to love.” This is what is most necessary and most important that she has to say today, in this estranged world, in which people are more and more locked within themselves. Nobody has time for others. To each one is sufficient his own evil. In this world characterised by individualism and selfishness, Mary calls us to love. She knows it well, and each one of experiences it, that life without love is empty, despairing and meaningless. To be loved and able to love means to find meaning and joy for life. The life of the one who feels loved is filled with meaning. The one who loves fulfils his life to the fullness. The deep experience to know oneself loved and to love is related to all that we experience, and to the way in which we experience it. People of our time are often tired – not only physically, but are often tired of life. This tiredness is deeply related to the lack of love for others and to the lack of security, which comes from the love of the others towards us. People are sick because they do not love and because they do not make the experience of the love of God. The one who loves and who feels loved can be threatened neither by illness nor by health. Those, who feel loved, do not become proud because of success nor discouraged and despaired because of failure. Love is the only home in which human being can dwell. Without a home, human beings are foreigners everywhere. Happy the man who finds his home! We are born to feel protected and to offer protection. We are born to be loved and to love. Remember that you are loved, and your tiredness will disappear. The love with which you are loved is given unconditionally. It does not ask anything from you but to allow it to love you. This love does not wait to love you until you become better, but it loves you so that you can become better and grow until the fullness, towards which your heart aspires. People generally wait until you become such as they want you to be, in order to love you. Our Heavenly Mother is not thus. She is full of grace, she is all in the love of God, and she tells us: “Dear children, if you knew how much I love you, you would cry of joy”.
We can give to others only what we have. The same applies to love. Only the one who feels the love of God, and who knows that God loves him, can give this love to others. Often, when we have to show our love and give our love to others, we have the impression to have failed the exam. We are still far from mutual love, and it is the sign that we are also far from the love of God. The more we approach the love of God, the more easily will we be able to live and to give witness to others. This is the way of the prayer: to make the experience of what is most beautiful and to realize in our life what is most difficult.
The one who knows oneself loved wants to become similar to the one who loves him, and wants to answer to love. Blessed Mother Teresa used to say: “I know how much God loves me, and this is urging me towards the others, so that all can make the experience of it”.
Let us pray for the power of love and for daily conversion, according to the prayer of John Henry Cardinal Newman: “Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine; it will be You shining on others through me.”
Fr. Ljubo Kurtovic
Medjugorje, March 26,2005