God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016

 

J.M.J.

November 29, 2016

Dear Family of Mary!

I am tickled pink that in this first week of Advent we are presented with this Scripture about being simple, like children. What a way to start off the Season of Waiting for the Lord!

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will…. (Lk 10:21)  

It always amazes me that Jesus would say such a thing! He was a grown man, he knew how society worked, He knew about power and authority and control. And yet, He rejoiced in the Holy Spirit because the wonders of the Father’s love and will were only accessible to children and those whose hearts were childlike. Wisdom was revealed to the childlike. It was a source of great merriment and joy for Jesus!!

We might ask ourselves if we really buy what Jesus is rejoicing about. Do we see the irony? In a world where the clever and cruel seem to be on top, do we actually believe that it is the childlike who see things for what they are? Do we understand that the true power in the world lies in trustful surrender to the One who created us all? Do we live out of that great truth?

Our Lady is trying to help us get back to the childlike spirit that Jesus rejoices over:

“Dear children! Also today, I am calling you to return to prayer. In this time of grace, God has permitted me to lead you towards holiness and a simple life – that in little things you discover God the Creator; that you fall in love with Him; and that your life be a thanksgiving to the Most High for everything He is giving you. Little children, in love, may your life be a gift for others and God will bless you; but you, witness without interest – out of love for God. I am with you and intercede before my Son for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (November 25, 2016)

God is allowing Our Lady to lead us towards holiness and a simple life. She wants to help us become childlike. Hurrah!! This is great news. This Advent, we might ask Our Lady to work on us so that we become more simple. If we could grow a little bit each day in simplicity of life, trusting in the Father, thanking Him for everything, enjoying everything He gives us, falling in love with the Father and doing everything for Him, we might find ourselves ready for the Birth of Jesus!!

Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to the childlike. 

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will…. (Lk 10:21)  

Dearest Father, reveal to us everything we need to know through Our Mother!  We want to be your children, completely trusting in your providence and care.  We want to the the childlike!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!

Cathy Nolan

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