June 2, 2017 – “Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you…”
Our world seems to be getting crazier by the second. It’s enough to get your head spinning whenever you dare yourself to take a gander at the news each day. But it’s only a testament to the fact that our world is spiraling wildly downward because it refuses to look upward to Heaven.
The Blessed Mother knows this, and it’s why she is asking us for our prayer of intercession for this out of control humanity that is thirsting for a peace and joy only God can give.
To raise one’s arms towards Heaven has always been recognized as a gesture of prayer and praise. But it is also a gesture of lament, surrender, and supplication, calling on the Lord for mercy, help or deliverance.
When I think of this particular posture, I’m reminded of Moses in the book of Exodus. During the battle against the Amalekites when Moses stood on top of the hill with his arms raised to God; as long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage, but when his arms grew heavy and began to fall, Israel was losing [Exodus 17:8-16]. I’m also reminded of the various times Moses would pray and plea to God for mercy and forgiveness for the sins of his people, and their disobedience and offenses to God.
The prophets in the Old Testament did this, too. Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel. They were aware of how much the offenses of humanity angered the God of all Creation. And as they transmitted their messages from the Lord to the people to change their ways, they would pray and plea to God for mercy and expiation of their sins.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
I think this is what Our Lady wants us to do. We should take the example of Moses and the prophets, and with our arms and hearts raised to the Lord, join Our Lady in prayer for so many souls who are in such critical need of mercy in these days.
Our humility, dependance on God, and purity of heart is needed not just for ourselves alone, but for others around us both close and far.
“Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better…”
Our Holy Mother is so loving and encouraging! She knows how difficult life can be for us, and that sometimes we may succeed and sometimes fail. But when we find ourselves stuck in a rut we can’t get out off, she wants to remember two of the most monumental things you can take with you in this journey of life:
One: No matter what happens, or how tough things get, trust Jesus.
Two: No matter what you think, or what anyone tells you, God can (and will if you let Him) always make you better.
I think those of us who are engaged in a life of faith, and daily working on our conversion, have experienced this in life.
For me personally, I can say that—with the help of Our Lady—I absolutely have come to find this to be true in my life. God is everything. Without Him, I cannot hope for anything better or do any good. Everything begins and ends with Him. He brings out the best in me, in all of us; the people He created us to truly be. Meanwhile, the enemy of the soul works tirelessly in the world to steal our identities from us, and trick us into living complete lies.
God is good. All things are possible with Him. His love and mercy is greater than all of our sins and mistakes. And He is the only One Who can make us better, because all goodness comes from Him.
Our Lady is here to help us understand this in our lives. She wants us to be united with the Lord, let Him into our hearts, and transform us, revealing and setting free the true beauty that resides within us; the beauty that comes from God.
“My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls…”
So, why is it so important to let God makes us better, trust Him, and let loose that spiritual beauty hiding within us? Because it’s about as bright and radiant as the morning sunlight illuminating a darkened world.
Let God’s light shine forth from within you!
Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” [Matthew 5:13-16]
You are all children of the light and children of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness… [ 1 Thessalonians 5:5]
Let your behavior be free of murmuring and complaining so that you remain faultless and pure, unspoiled children of God surrounded by a deceitful and underhand brood, shining out among them like bright stars in the world, proffering to it the Word of life. [Philippians 2:14-16]
With our arms and hearts raised to Heaven, and our trust in Him, Our Lady wants us to be those living signs of God’s light, of love and great worship for Him. Our lives must be living signs of God’s way for others who lost it or never knew it.
In the same way that salt must be pure, our hearts must be pure and humble also. And the light within us, and love we have for Him must not be hidden away. Others must see our good works and give glory to the Father. We don’t do this by showing off or acting like Pharisees, but by genuinely living the faith. Through prayer, love, sacrifice, good works, and obedience to His will.
We are in the middle of the battle for souls, and our help is required by living truly as children of the light in world consumed by the culture of death and darkness. The Mother of God continues to show us the way of the light, and she will help us to be those little lights of God. Through us, she will help bring more souls to God!