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.”
Every time I read this message an image of a shiny, golden chalice always comes to mind, and it’s this imagery that’s stuck with me ever since. I also think about Holy Mass, the Blood of Christ inside the chalice, and what it means to be an instrument of God. All of it is connected, which Sr. Emmanuel eloquently pieced together in her report I shared last Saturday. You can check it out HERE in case you missed it; wonderful meditative food for the heart and for thought.
“…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.”
Our Lady was created and chosen specially to be the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She carried Him in her womb for nine months, bore Him, loved, raised and supported Him, and then sacrificed Him for our sake according to God’s will. She was a very important instrument in the life, death, and resurrection of her Son. And even now she is still part of God’s great plan, working to reunite so many of her children with the Heavenly Father, and preparing the way for her Son’s Second Coming.
Today she is inviting us to accept a great mission: to be an instrument of God. To give our yes to the Father, to be a living chalice of the love and mercy of Christ. She is asking us to follow in our Heavenly Mother’s footsteps, and to offer ourselves as a vessel which God can work within and through us for our salvation and the salvation of others!
Now, this may sound a little daunting at first, or seemingly impossible.
Blessed Mother is the Immaculate Conception, Mother of God, Queen of the Universe. How could any of us ever even think about being an instrument of God as she was?! None of us were exempt from the stain of original sin as she was! None of us could ever be good enough!
If you’re on a similar train of thought, I want you to just put it away for a second. In fact, better yet, just throw it away all together and don’t think twice about it. Get the “I’m not good enough” sentiments out of your head right now.
Are we faced with the struggle with sin for all of our earthly life? Yes. Are we perfect like our Holy Mother? No, not even close or in the same league. But if this invitation to accept a calling much bigger than our own will were so impossible you can bet she would’ve never bothered to bring it up in her messages. And that’s because of one simple truth:
This is not about being good enough, or perfect enough. It’s about being chosen. You have been chosen.
The Apostles were not perfect, but they were chosen. Peter was not perfect, but he was chosen. The Saints, all different and imperfect, but chosen. You and I, with all our sins, flaws, and shortcomings, we are chosen
All of us, all God’s children, are created and chosen to be His instruments. He only waits on our yes. And that is what Our Lady, time and time again, is inviting us to do. To accept the mission. To chose to deny our self-will, replace it with God’s, and be living testimonies of His truth and love!
Remember, even though Our Lady was created and chosen to be the Mother of God, He still sent an Angel to ask if she will freely agree to His plan. The Apostles the same. Jesus didn’t grab them by the collar and say “I pick you! Let’s go!” He called them, just like Our Lady is calling us now, and they answered by choosing to follow Him. That goes for the Saints, every priest or nun, and even the visionaries of Fatima, Garabandal and Medjugorje. All chosen, all called, and all given free will. Just like us.
When choosing to be God’s instruments, out of love and obedience, we give up much and the world brings us all kinds of obstacles. But, truthfully, we gain so much more! We are given graces and a kind a peace the world could never replicate. We open our hearts to Jesus and Mary, who are then able to work in us and through us; teaching us love, mercy and virtue; revealing to us the true meaning of our lives, that we are not on this earth to serve only ourselves.
We become active in our conversion. Our desire for holiness increases. Prayer becomes a joy, not a chore. We recognize our littleness, and in turn receive strength from God to move ahead. We become lovers of truth, seeking it, and sharing it with whomever will listen. We morph from carriers of worldliness and death to carriers of true hope and joy. Living the Holy Eucharist, following the Word and the messages of the Mother, and offering everything we’ve got to He who created and redeemed us.
We become these beautiful golden chalices, these instruments of the Lord, shining rays of God’s hope and healing in a suffering world. Amazing what a simple yes from the heart can do, huh?
But what if I fall again? Don’t be afraid of failing. Don’t feed negativity. Negativity to evil spirits is like sugar to insects. Peace and clarity come from God; anxiety and despair come from the enemy of the soul. Just get up and keep going. We’d be giving the enemy of the soul an advantage by giving in to lies and discouragement. Refuse anything standing between you and the Lord.
Remember, God sees our struggles. He knows we are small and weak. We are nothing without Him; we need Him. He is the source of all love, mercy, and greatness. He will always show us the way. If then we have God, what is there to fear? With Jesus and Mary with us, our missions no longer seem impossible.
We are chosen by the Father. Let us today, tomorrow, everyday choose Him!