On the third day of the Medjugorje apparitions, Mirjana, one of the seers, asked of the ‘Lady’ who was appearing to the six youngsters, “Who are you?” The ‘Lady’ identified herself saying, “I am the Blessed Virgin Mary”.
Some six weeks after the first of the Medjugorje apparitions that began on June 24, 1981, Our Lady appeared to the visionaries and re-identified herself as the “Queen of Peace”. From that moment her Medjugorje mission was announced.
Significantly, this change, this new identity and purpose was revealed on the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 1981, the occasion when three disciples were confronted by a remarkable change in Jesus – revealed in the full light of his glory – and when a heavenly voice repeated the words used when Jesus had been baptised: “This is my Son, the beloved.” At the Transfiguration, the voice added, “Listen to him.” The Transfiguration also heralded a change in the life of Jesus, the beginning of his journey to Jerusalem.
When Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje, carrying the Prince of Peace in her arms, she revealed herself to the visionaries amid a wonderful light; a mother calling her children to the light; echoing the prophecy of Isaiah that Jesus proclaimed when he began his mission: “The people that lived in darkness has seen a great light: on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned”; echoing again the words of Isaiah that John the Baptist proclaimed (on whose feast day she first appeared in Medjugorje), “Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight”; echoing the words of her own Son when he began his preaching with the message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” Her words that echoed to Marija on the third day of the apparitions were: “Peace, peace, peace! Be reconciled! Only peace. Make your peace with God and among yourselves.”
The “Queen of Peace” comes intent to bring light to her children on earth. Her “gospel messages” are designed to teach and lead us to the Heart of Jesus.
The “Queen of Peace” comes to rid us of the darkness that the world endeavours to impose on her children; she desires to to renew the world, to shine light on the path that leads to our own transfiguration.
Dear children! Today I invite you to open yourselves to God the Creator, so that He changes you. Little children, you are dear to me. I love you all and I call you to be closer to me and that your love towards my Immaculate Heart be more fervent. I wish to renew you and lead you with my Heart to the Heart of Jesus, which still today suffers for you and calls you to conversion and renewal. Through you, I wish to renew the world. Comprehend, little children, that you are today the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Little children, I invite you and I love you and in a special way implore: Convert! Thank you for having responded to my call. October 25, 1996