The Father’s love is for all his children…

And a voice spoke from heaven, “This is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on him.” Matthew 3 : 17

The word “beloved’ is applied to someone with whom we share a very special relationship, someone close, usually a family member: a husband, a wife, a daughter, or a son.

The opening prayer for this week’s daily Masses, is unusually repeated for the whole of this first week in Ordinary time. The first words of the prayer confirm those spoken of Jesus by the Father in yesterday’s Sunday gospel: “Father of love…”

This daily repetition and affirmation of love recalls the style of Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje. The call to love and to allow our Heavenly Father’s love to live in our hearts is a frequent theme Our Lady speaks about with the visionary Mirjana. Mirjana’s prayer mission is to pray for “unbelievers”. But Our Lady does not use the term “unbelievers”. Instead she refers to “those who have yet to know the love of God in their hearts.”

The Apostle John, recognised the fact that God loved him. He refers to himself – and is by others – as: The one whom Jesus loves… What a wonderful expression of acceptance.

We all desire to know that we are loved. No one can ever tire of being shown that they are loved. Our Lady is constant in expressing her love and God’s love for us in her Medjugorje messages.

Similarly, as the voice that spoke from heaven when Jesus was baptised, so also does Our Lady bring words from heaven when she speaks of the Father’s love for his children.

Children, I am leading you to love, to the dear Father…
part message, March 18, 1995

Give love to each other as your Father gives it to you…
part message, March 18, 2001

Dear Children, I, as a mother, am coming to you and showing YOU how much God, your Father, loves you…
part message, September 2, 2005

We are all “beloved” by our Father in Heaven…

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