On December 2nd, one could see tears in Mirjana’s eyes. When the apparition was over, she wept for a long while before sharing with us the following message:
After the terrible pain Our Mother expressed, it is important that we console her aching heart by wholeheartedly living this special time of Advent with her. She is totally focused on the Baby to come. Her whole mind, heart and soul are already unified with this invisible little Being! She will teach us how to speak to Him with tenderness, how to unite with Him in the silence of our soul, how to hold Him in our arms and be completely absorbed in Him. She will show us how to put Him in the center of our lives, because He is our life! She will walk through our days with us and, looking at her face, we will read the desires of Baby Jesus!
I wonder at how Mary could be so peaceful in those days! She was indeed in the worst situation possible: her family, puzzled by the order from Cesar, undertook a journey of 180 Kilometers, at the worst time in her pregnancy, in the middle of winter! Once they arrived in Bethlehem, they counted on being welcomed by their tribe. Instead, they were rejected! They ended up in the most unsanitary place of all, a shelter for animals that was cold, dirty and reeking of manure. We have romanticized the picture so much with our cute little lamps and fuzzy sheep! There was neither light nor water; they did not have a bed or the slightest facility for a pregnant woman about to give birth! Joseph must have been broken at first, not able to provide a decent place for his beloved spouse and Son. Mary, on the other hand, was calm and composed, entirely focused on the Savior’s coming! And what joy she had!
I can imagine each one of us in the same situation - myself especially - absolutely distraught by all the deficiencies of the “shelter”, nervous or angry, making what was supposed to be a wonderful time of grace, a time of constant complaint and frustration!
This Advent, my proposal is that we choose to be joyful in the midst of our difficult situations, in the midst of our lacks and weaknesses, whatever they are. Even if we have enough to eat, enough money to buy nice presents, all of us lack something inside; and it aches. Let us choose to be happy anyway, with things just as they are today. It is beautiful to glorify the Heavenly Father for what we are experiencing today, even for what is difficult; because difficulties do not last into Eternity, whereas the fruit of suffering remains.
Certainly, it takes effort to extract the little, bitter, roots of anger within our hearts, which could hinder the immense joy to receive our Savior and to put Him in the first place. But we want a true Christmas this year, the best ever! Don't we? Then, let’s prepare the manger of the Child, with purity! May each piece of straw and each piece of soft material we use, be a true sacrifice, an extra sincere prayer that we offer to Mary! Thus, she herself will arrange her Son’s bedding in our hearts, and what a joy for Her to lay Him there when He is born on Christmas night! Baby Jesus will feel at home in our hearts and Our Blessed Mother will be so consoled!
Powered by www.medjugorje.ws