In October of 1981, the Blessed Virgin gave the following message:
I am the Mother of God and the Queen of Peace.. BVM, Medjugorje October 12, 1981
And on New Year's Day in 1987, she said:
"Dear children, today, the first day of the New Year, I invite all of you to live the messages which I give you. You know, dear children, that because of you, I have stayed here this long in order to teach you to walk on the road to holiness.
Therefore, dear children, pray constantly, and live all the messages which I give you. I do it with a great love for God- and for you. BVM, Medjugorje, January 1, 1987
Living anew the messages during the New Year speaks of fresh beginnings. From Paul's letter to the Colossians :
You have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator (Col 3:9-10).
And from 2 Corinthians: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new (2 Cor 5:17).
It's appropriate that on this New Year's Day, Our Lady calls us to live her messages anew, for she knows they are the key to the spiritual gifts we so desire - an abiding peace and happiness, a sprit of love.
Living the messages of prayer, peace, penance, and fasting means, as St. Paul says today, to be formed anew in the image of the Creator overtime. It means a new perspective, a new attitude toward life and death, where, as Revelation says, "He shall wipe every tear from their eyes," and make all things new.
On this feast of Mary, the Mother of God, let us recommit ourselves to her messages and her plan of salvation, which she is giving us, as she says today, with great love toward God. 1