(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
May 4, 2017
Dear Family of Mary!
Dear children! I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice – sacrificing yourselves. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit, as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain the world – they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to, and not always betrayed anew. Therefore, you, apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayer and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you. (May 2, 2017)
“My children, my Son is the heart of the world.”
Jesus is the Heart of the world. But how do we understand this? One way is to understand Jesus’ role in creation. These paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church begin to make sense out of Jesus, the heart of the world:
II. CREATION – WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY
290 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Three things are affirmed in these first words of Scripture: the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself; he alone is Creator (the verb “create” – Hebrew bara – always has God for its subject). the totality of what exists (expressed by the formula “the heavens and the earth”) depends on the One who gives it being.
291 “In the beginning was the Word. . . and the Word was God. . . all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” The New Testament reveals that God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him “all things were created, in heaven and on earth.. . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” The Church’s faith likewise confesses the creative action of the Holy Spirit, the “giver of life”, “the Creator Spirit” (Veni, Creator Spiritus), the “source of every good”.
292 The Old Testament suggests and the New Covenant reveals the creative action of the Son and the Spirit, inseparably one with that of the Father. This creative co-operation is clearly affirmed in the Church’s rule of faith: “There exists but one God. . . he is the Father, God, the Creator, the author, the giver of order. He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom”, “by the Son and the Spirit” who, so to speak, are “his hands”. Creation is the common work of the Holy Trinity.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church. Part One, Section Two, Paragraph 4, Number II. N 290-292)
The key passage in Scripture is Colossians 1: 16-17:
“…for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
In Jesus all things hold together!! He is the heart of all creation, of which we are a part. We could not exist but for Jesus. And this is what Our Lady is trying to tell us. How can we have a dwindling faith, that diminishes daily? We owe all to Jesus, first in our creation, and then in our redemption and eternal happiness.
Let’s not lose this moment, this opportunity to revive our faith, through gratitude to Jesus, the one who, with the Father and the Spirit, calls us into existence and keeps us alive, who saves us from sin and returns us to the Father. We are the blessed of all blessed ones!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!