June 2, 2017 – “My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel…”
The first two sentences of this part of Our Lady’s message hold much weight and significance. It is both a reminder and a warning.
It’s easy to get caught up in the ups and downs of life, and all the developments that can sometimes consume us completely. But even then, with all that’s going on in our lives, we’re still called to live according to God’s will.
Faith is not some uniform you wear on specific occasions and then leave it home, forgetting about it as go along with the world. Faith is life; 24 hours, 7 days a week. We are not called to obedience to God sometimes, but at all times!
For over 30 years in Medjugorje—even longer if you add in other apparitions—Our Lady has been teaching and preparing us to live for God, to be united with Him, and to carry out His will in our lives. She doesn’t want us to become lukewarm, lazy, and live without hope. She wants us live and conduct ourselves as children of God. And in times in life when we might fall down, she doesn’t want us to give up, but to get right back up and keep on going.
When Our Lady asks us to be ready I feel like she us telling us to be prepared for more than one reason. Firstly, this is not the first time she has asked us to to be ready.
April 02, 2013 – “Dear children, I am calling you to be one with my Son in spirit. I am calling you, through prayer, and the Holy Mass when my Son unites Himself with you in a special way, to try to be like Him; that, like Him, you may always be ready to carry out God’s will and not seek the fulfillment of your own. Because, my children, it is according to God’s will that you are and that you exist, and without God’s will you are nothing. As a mother I am asking you to speak about the glory of God with your life because, in that way, you will also glorify yourself in accordance to His will. Show humility and love for your neighbour to everyone. Through such humility and love, my Son saved you and opened the way for you to the Heavenly Father. I implore you to keep opening the way to the Heavenly Father for all those who have not come to know Him and have not opened their hearts to His love. By your life, open the way to all those who still wander in search of the truth. My children, be my apostles who have not lived in vain. Do not forget that you will come before the Heavenly Father and tell Him about yourself. Be ready! Again I am warning you, pray for those whom my Son called, whose hands He blessed and whom He gave as a gift to you. Pray, pray, pray for your shepherds. Thank you.”
I feel this 2013 message is a great explanation of what Our Lady recently meant by “be ready.” We are called to unity with God, our Creator. Therefore, in order to be able to live and carry out His will in our own lives, we must follow the path that has been laid out for us by Jesus. We live not to exclusively serve ourselves, but to serve Him first. And by serving others, we are also serving Him as well.
When we decide to put the Lord first, which is what Our Lady has been helping us to do all these years, we will better understand what is expected of us and better prepared to execute those duties in life.
Another important thing she wants us to remember, and be prepared for, is the sobering reality of our mortality. Life on earth isn’t forever. One day it will come to an end, and we will come before the Father. This is why Our Lady has been teaching us to live a better life now while we still have time so that we can come before the Father with love, humility, and faith, and with Jesus and Mary beside us interceding for us.
One other important thing we must be ready for, which I find most in the Church have forgotten, is the Second Coming of Christ. One day, as prophesied in Scripture, Jesus will come again, and the new Heaven and Earth will be established as promised. We do not know the hour or day, but we were told to pay attention to the signs of times, and be ready.
“See that you have your belts down up and your lamps lit. Be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth, I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down and wait on them. It may be in the second watch that he comes, or in the third, but blessed are those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what times the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?” The Lord replied, “Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward home the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food? Blessed that servant if his master’s arrival finds him doing exactly that. I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns. But if the servants says to himself, ‘My master is taking his time coming,’ and sets about beating the manservants and the servant-girls, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. [Luke 12:35-46]
You can take this Gospel passage, and also the parable of the ten virgins [Matthew 25:1-13], and see from the words of Jesus what He meant by being ready. I’ve come to find sometimes in the Church that many take the assumption of the bad servant who thought the master was taking too long to arrive. Some believe these parables are only talking about death, and not the Second Coming. And some believe the Second Coming just isn’t going to happen. It’s a sad sight to be held by some in the Church.
The bottom line is this: none of us know when our time on earth is up, or when the Second Coming will take place. Either way, isn’t it better to heed the words of Jesus and Mary, and be ready for both anyway?! I’m reminded of that old saying, “it’s better to be safe then sorry.”
You don’t know whether or not you will find yourself in a car accident, but you still wear your seatbelt and try to have good insurance just in case, right?
You don’t know whether or not a thief will one day break into your home and steal from you, but you still lock your doors or set your alarm before leaving just in case, right?
You don’t know whether or not one day a fire might break out in your home, but you keep your smoke detectors and extinguisher ready just in case, right?
So, if we go out of our way to try to prevent or be prepared for whatever bad instances that may or may not occur at any given time, then why should we not do the same for our souls? The soul is worth more than all our possessions and prizes. It is irreplaceable, and a gift from God. Shouldn’t we strive to prepare our souls for Him, Who is our Father and the source of all life and goodness?
That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel…”
Our Lady does not contradict the Holy Trinity. Whatever she tell us is in the name of God. Her wishes are His wishes. Her words echo the words of her Son Jesus. The way of faith, hope and love she has been revealing to us all these years is the path of Jesus from the Gospel.
These times we are living are not normal ones, to say the least. A great spiritual battle is in front of us with each day containing some new revelation for those who have eyes that can see. This battle has spread to every corner of the world. It’s getting more and more difficult to not see the growing heresies and apostasies taking place in the world, and sadly, even Mother Church. This why when the Mother of the Church tells us, “this time is a turning point,” it’s easy to see why and how it is so.
We must be fortified and armed in this battle for souls. We must fortify ourselves with faith and truth, and arm ourselves with prayer. Jesus and Mary have shown us the way, and it is paramount that we take it to heart. The words of Scripture and the words of the Blessed Mother do not have a time limit or expiration date; they are eternal.
Let us resolve to take refuge in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and allow them to guide us along the path that’s been paved for us. Let us strive to be those good, valiant servants of the Lord who strive to adhere to His wishes, so that no matter the hour, day, or circumstances we can be ready for Him alone.