On December 2nd, 2015 visionary Mirjana of Medjugorje was given a message by Mary, the mother of God. I’ve been following the messages of Medjugorje for a very long time, and I have never heard a message like this one. I have been fortunate to have been to Medjugorje twice and present during apparitions, at least, four times that I can recall although possibly more, but this message seems special to me.
In one part of her message, she speaks about Jesus desire for unity between heaven and earth, God and me, you and His church. For this to come to pass, she says that we need to pray much and love the church that we belong. When I hear this, it confirms for me God’s hand working through Pope Francis to give us the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is a very special time where Graces and blessings are in abundance. I was speaking to a priest this afternoon who shared with me how during the Jubilee Year of Mercy they are offering confession four times a week, and to his surprise, there are lines every time. In addition, to this people are coming back to church after being away for many years. He is a witness to the Mercy working and grateful to be the bridge of Salvation that Mary is speaking of in her message. To receive a plenary indulgence during the Jubilee, we must go to confession, receive communion during mass and pray the profession of faith and one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the Pope’s intentions within 20 days of walking through the designated church’s holy doors.
Wow!! What a dynamic time in history! She also said the Church is suffering and in need, that is no surprise to us is it? She says the church needs apostles who by loving unity, witnessing and giving show others the way to God. There it is again the word “unity” she says it more than once so it must be significant. She is calling apostles to live the Eucharist with the heart to do great works being apostles of love. She calls on each and every one of us to be apostles not just priests and religious. She openly says the church needs us.
Now here comes my favorite part of the message. She said, “My children, from the very beginning the church was persecuted and betrayed, but day by day it grew. It is indestructible because my Son gave it a heart – the Eucharist,
and the light of His Resurrection shone and will continue to shine upon it. Therefore, do not be afraid. Pray for your shepherds that they may have the strength and the love to be bridges of salvation. Thank you.”
How beautiful is that? For me, her December message is extra special and in this fourth week of Advent let us ponder as Mary has done the incredible gift of Jesus who has given the church His heart so that we could become His apostles birthing him repeatedly into the world through works of love.