November 2, 2016 – “Dear children, to come to you and to make myself known to you is a great joy for my motherly heart. It is a gift from my Son for you and for others who are coming. As a mother I am calling you: love my Son above everything. In order to love Him with all your heart, you need to come to know Him. You will come to know Him through prayer. Pray with the heart and with your feelings. To pray means to think of His love and sacrifice. To pray means to love, to give, to suffer and to offer. I am calling you, my children, to be apostles of prayer and love. My children, it is a time of vigilance. In this vigil I am calling you to prayer, love and trust. As my Son will be looking in your hearts, my motherly heart desires for Him to see unconditional trust and love in them. The united love of my apostles will live, will conquer and will expose evil. My children, I was a chalice of the God-man; I was God’s instrument. That is why I am calling you, my apostles, to be a chalice of the true and pure love of my Son. I am calling you to be an instrument through which all those who have not come to know the love of God – who have never loved – may comprehend, accept and be saved. Thank you, my children.”
The reason I didn’t cover Our Lady’s recent message in last Saturday’s Reflection is because I really wanted some time to digest it and meditate on her words. Her message seems to touch on a number of important things, which has me asking myself whenever I sit down to write about it, Where do I start?
I find this to be a good thing, though, because it means we’ll be taking a little more time to meditate on what our Heavenly Mother is trying to teach us. By doing this we’re only brought closer to our Blessed Lord Jesus, for Our Lady is the echo of God. Her monthly messages to visionary Mirjana also seem to be getting longer as well. Again, this is good. It means our Mother desires to share more with her children. And, boy, do we need it!
A few days ago I read a wonderful report from Sister Emmanuel where she gives an excellent assessment of Our Lady’s recent message. It really helped expand my thinking on this beautiful message, which is why today I decided to share it with you. I figured it’d be a good starting point on our meditating over Our Lady’s recent message.
Sr. Emmanuel has been involved in the village of Medjugorje since 1989, and holds a special devotion to the Blessed Mother while traveling around the world doing missionary work. You can visit her website HERE if you’d like to learn more.
Here’s what she had to say about Our Lady’s message:
For the first time in 35 years of apparitions, the Blessed Mother told us that she is “the chalice of the God-man,” and today, she invites us also to become chalices. Many wonder what she means by this! We need to pray very deeply to understand this invitation because it must be considered as a revelation on the part of our Heavenly Mother. She clearly wants to lead us on a path which we do not expect.
There is no Mass without a chalice. During the Offertory the wine is poured into the chalice. At the consecration and therefore the transubstantiation, the wine is changed into blood through the words of the priest who, at that moment, is another Christ (persona Christi). “This is my Blood”, he says, “shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins.” The chalice becomes the receptacle of the Blood of Jesus which will be offered to the Father. A chalice is therefore a sacred vessel that is strictly reserved for the celebration of the Mass, and it is sacred specifically because of its divine content.
From the moment of the Anunciation, Mary became the living tabernacle of the God-man during the 9 months she was carrying Jesus in her womb. But not only in her womb; she bore Him in her entire being! The special union of hearts and soul between the God-Child and His Mother was such that Mary resonated with everything her Son was going through inside her womb, in particular His mad love for humanity which already poured from His Divine Heart like a river. And after the birth of her Child, she continued to bear Him with increasing intensity.
The chalice is the place of overflowing love. In fact, when the Jews perform the Kiddush, in other words the blessing of bread and wine during the Shabbat meal, they pour the wine into the cup until it’s overflowing, as a sign of the superabundance of God’s gifts to man.
In the Gospel, Luke 22: 42, the chalice is also what Jesus sees coming to Him when He prays for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. That chalice is a chalice of great suffering. Jesus even says, “Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me!” Always adding, however, “Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
In this message, let us not forget the above: “My children”, Mary told us. “This is a time of vigilance. In this vigil, I call you to pray, to love and to trust.”
Now, a vigil is a period of waiting, where we are poised for what comes next. We prepare ourselves. It is a time where we increase our vigilance, because something very important is going to follow soon. It is also a way of not being surprised by the enemy, should he attack us. So we are like the watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem (IS 62:6-7) that Our Lady saw repeatedly at their stations during her pilgrimages in the Holy City.
The Gospa is preparing us through her messages, without saying clearly what awaits us. She does not need to tell us, because if we are prepared through her care, that is enough. But she specifies that, when her Son will look into our hearts, “her motherly heart would like Him to see in them an unconditional trust and love.”
Why did she suddenly use the future tense when in fact Jesus is constantly looking into our hearts? It is because she sees the future! She wants to reassure us: Jesus will be there, He will look at us, He will not abandon us, we have nothing to fear. That is why, more than ever, we are invited to give ourselves over to unconditional trust and love. I believe that we must learn this message by heart.
Let us ask for the grace to become, as Mary did, a living chalice in which Jesus can pour out his love until it is overflowing! A purified chalice containing the divine Blood and enabling this Blood to be lifted up to the Father for the Eucharistic offering. This chalice is offered to some who may be called to martyrdom, enabling them to participate in a special way in the offering of Jesus to the Father for the forgiveness of sins and the salvation of humanity.
James and John asked Jesus to sit with Him at His right and His left side in His glory. They actually dared to do that! But Jesus answered them by saying, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” (MT 20:22)
It was the most effective way to answer their request, but not at all as they themselves would have wanted or expected. You do not obtain a seat in the glory of God by a wave of a magic wand, but rather by identifying with Christ in his death and resurrection.
Sharing the chalice of Jesus and becoming a chalice ourselves, like Mary, enables us to extend salvation much further, especially to those who do not yet know the love of God or to those who refuse it. Then, as disciples intimately united with Jesus, following Mary’s example, we see our Christian life becoming a continual mass celebrated with joy in this world that is struggling in great darkness.