May 2, 2019 – “…Out of love, the Blood of my Son was shed for you. That Precious Blood is for your salvation, for eternal life. The Heavenly Father created man for eternal happiness. It is not possible-for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him-to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive…”
In this part of her most recent message, Our Lady speaks to us of our destiny. This truth we often forget and even do not fully take in. We are created to live forever with God the Father in Heaven. We were created to live in peace and happiness, but because of the Fall of Man and sin, we now struggle. That’s why even the smallest of sufferings can be so great for us; we simply were not built for it. But the Son, Jesus, became man in order to accomplish our true destiny for us. Jesus came to amend our sins and open the doors to Paradise for us on the last day when we’re raised.
Although Heaven is the first to come to mind upon reading this message, I also can’t help thinking further than that. I’m reminded of the prophecy from Isaiah of the time when all things we become new again; the heavens, the earth and all living things:
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
“Never again will there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred
will be considered accursed.
They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
they and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord. [Isaiah 25:17-25]
And the Blessed Mother once told us:
“…I repeat, the Resurrection of my Son and my Assumption into Heaven is hope and love for you…” (2/2/16)
At the Resurrections, Jesus received His new and glorious body. So did the Blessed Mother at the Assumption. Perhaps this is yet another glimpse of both our destiny and God’s plan.
The Blessed Mother tells us, “it is not possible-for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him-to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive.”
Jesus is the way, the life and truth. He is the Bread of Life! He gives Himself to us as our heavenly food, so that we will rise with Him and to the Father.
Jesus is alive! He resurrected, ascended into heaven, and will come again. He is not dead. He lives and loves us, and is alive, present in the Eucharist. This is our hope and our truth. We have not been abandoned. The Lord is continually giving Himself to us, so that we can live with Him forever! And He even sends His Mother among us to help us!
And so we turn to Scripture again, this time the Gospel, where Our Blessed Lord Himself speaks of this truth and hope. But the crowd did not believe Him. We, on the other hand, have the chance to listen and believe Him, and say Yes:
Jesus said to the crowds, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen me, you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.” [John 6:35-40]
Jesus triumphed over death so that we can live forever at our true home with the Heavenly Father!
P.S. – Happy Mother’s day to all mothers out there! And a very special Happy Mother’s day to Our Blessed Mother, Mary! Wishing you all a wonderful and blessed day! God bless and enjoy your weekend! 🙂