(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018 J.M.J. January 23, 2018 Saint Vincent, Saint Marianne Cope Dear Family of Mary! “The Mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.’ But he said to them in reply, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’” (Mark 3:31-35) This Gospel is often misunderstood as a rebuke to Our Lady. But we who love her, know that Jesus was making a point that included her. To do the will of God is to become like Mary who always did the will of God in her life. And Jesus was helping us to understand that it is not blood that makes a person close to Him, but the heart! The heart that loves God completely, by doing His will, is a heart that beats with Jesus’ heart, in a unity of love and fidelity to the Father. God’s will is a beautiful gift. He actually has a plan for each one of us. A plan that will bring us into eternal life with Him, a plan that will give us joy and peace, hope and love. God’s plan for each one of us is tailor-made for us. It will not only bless us, but it will bless others. God’s plan for us will help others to find His plan for them, and carry the blessing forward. Our Lady has spoken about God’s plan for each of us in her messages. She wants us to seek God’s plan, pray to understand it, welcome it and live it! Her words make it clear how very much she loves God’s will. She understands what a huge gift it is that God would have a plan for each one of us! We each are important to the Father March 25, 2003 “Dear children! Also today I call you to pray for peace. Pray with the heart, little children, and do not lose hope because God loves His creatures. He desires to save you, one by one, through my coming here. I call you to the way of holiness. Pray, and in prayer you are open to God’s will; in this way, in everything you do, you realize God’s plan in you and through you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” God does desire to save us “one by one!” His individual plan for each of us is that salvation He offers us. If we pray we will be open to that plan, and then every part of our life will become part of that plan! March 25, 2011 “Dear children! In a special way today I desire to call you to conversion. As of today, may new life begin in your heart. Children, I desire to see your ‘yes’, and may your life be a joyful living of God’s will at every moment of your life. In a special way today, I bless you with my motherly blessing of peace, love and unity in my heart and in the heart of my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Wow! The joyful living of God’s will…at every moment! This is an unbelievable gift she offers us. She is with us to help us live such a life. July 25, 2014 “Dear children! You are not aware of the graces that you are living at this time in which the Most High is giving you signs for you to open and convert. Return to God and to prayer, and may prayer begin to reign in your hearts, families and communities, so that the Holy Spirit may lead and inspire you to every day be more open to God’s will and to His plan for each of you. I am with you and with the saints and angels intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.” We are being give signs to open and convert…to let the Holy Spirit lead us to the plan God has for each of us! Medjugorje is such a time of grace, in which we are given a chance to really convert, to find God, to know Him, and to begin to live the life he has for us. So many of the “Fruit of Medjugorje” testimonies tell exactly this story. ( View them here: (https://marytv.tv/?page_id=167 )Through Our Lady’s presence and love pilgrims share how they were given the grace to convert, and how they then found a new life in God’s love and will. May we open ourselves to the graces of this time, and convert, finding God’s will for each of us. Joy and peace await if we do!! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan ©Mary TV 2018 PS. Mike Nolan has created a new website where you can purchase and download his new CD’s, “Mary TV Soundtrack”, and “Oh Jesus, we adore you.” One idea, these CD’s might be a great gift for your priest! They are joy-filled and prayerful. https://www.medjmusic.com/ I recommend them both highly!