When our Mother comes calling…

The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, “Your mother and brothers and sister are outside asking for you.” He replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3 : 31-35

It is not unnatural for a mother to search for her child, especially when she is concerned for their welfare. Mary did this when she went looking for Jesus early in his life and eventually discovered him in the Temple. As in the Temple, we see in today’s Gospel when Mary comes looking for her Son that Jesus is again surrounded by people, listening and talking with them, and going about his Father’s work.

When a Mother is concerned for her child she will always seek them out. It is the Mother’s role to nurture and take care of her children.

The same is happening at Medjugorje. Our Blessed Mother has arrived and remains with us because she is concerned for our welfare, because we are not going about our Father’s work as she would like, because we have forgotten that we belong to the wider family of God. She senses the danger and calls us to return to the fold where we belong and not to be stray sheep. We stray because we seek pleasures and happiness, but when we step outside the fold we search in the wrong places. There is no lasting happiness outside of the “family” of God.

Mary has arrived at Medjugorje to lead us back to our true home in life, to lead us to the heart of her Son Jesus and to our Father in Heaven, to the peace that comes only from the Father through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, a peace the world cannot give.

I am your Mother and, therefore, I want to lead you all to perfect holiness. I want each one of you to be happy here on earth and to be with me in Heaven. That is, dear children, the purpose of my coming here and it’s my desire. Thank you for having responded to my call… part message, May 25, 1987

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