taken from Malachi 3: 1“Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me….”
St. John the Baptist, the prophet of hope, was the first to point out the Messiah to his disciples.
………. prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway of our God! (Is 40:30)
The call to conversion always calls us to a change of heart, to turn away from the darkness in our lives, and to turn to the eternal light, Christ.
Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Medjugorje apparitions. And, like St. John the Baptist, Our Lady continues to call out to us to conversion, to a change of heart.
Loving parent that she is, she never tires in her attempt to lead us to her Son, even in our resistance, in our attempts to do it our way.
“Dear children, I want to lead you on the road to conversion. I desire that you convert the world and that your life be a conversion for others. Do not fall into infidelity. Let each one of you be completely submitted to my will and to the will of God. Beginning this day, I give you special graces, and in particular the gift of conversion. Let each one of you take home my blessing and motivate others to real conversion” BVM, Medjugorje, 1
This call to conversion, to change, to transformation, is uppermost in the plans of the Blessed Mother, and she gives us the tools to achieve it: prayer, fasting, confession, Mass and the sacred scripture. 2
As light attracts, so must we be light to those around us, even those we find most difficult. Like St. John the Baptist and Our Lady, we must be the hope, we must be the light, we must attract others to an ever deeper relationship with Jesus.
Let our love be a ministry of attraction to those we meet , as we partner with Our Lady to bring Christ to the world.
1,2 Medjugorje Day by Day, Richard J. Beyer