FR. GREG'S HOMILY FOR DECEMBER 2016
SPECIAL BLESSING ROSARY
“In the Holy Gospel, our Lord asked the crowd “What did you go out into the desert to see?” I am asking you, ‘what did you come out here tonight to experience?” The Savior says: “Did you come here to hear the wind? Did you come to see people in fine clothes? No… the Savior says: “You came to hear God. You came to receive a message from God.” For this reason, the Deacons, Sisters, Priests, Seminarians, and all have come to be with you, and with you, to hear what God has to say.
I will correct our beloved Deacon in one respect, when he said the Blessed Mother will ‘leave’ at a certain point. That’s not quite true. The Word of God says that we are surrounded by this “great cloud of witnesses”, so that while the particular vision may fade, the loving embrace of God remains.
It is not so much the case these things, these visions, somehow come to us from far off, but the fact is, that every once in a while, our vision is cleared enough by love, that we can see what is there always. The visionary’s love for God and love for Mary allows her to see… to hear what is there for all Her children.
In a stage play called “Saint Joan”, the playwright, George Bernard Shaw, has a dialogue between the Dauphin, the Crown Prince of France, and Joan of Arc. The Crown Prince says, “Why don’t I hear the voices that you hear? I am the Crown Prince.” And the little Saint says “You could if you listened!” When the bells are ringing, the Angels’ voices are with the sound of the bells, but you rush through your prayers and get on with something else!”
The words which were spoken by our Blessed Mother this evening will be transcribed, and also placed on the web site in a few days, but I know that there are some things that you want to hear this evening that I am privileged to share with you…that you may take away with you.
The message began, as always…how much you are loved. Again it was repeated, that you cannot begin to know how much God loves you! The Blessed Mother said “you are engraved on Our hearts’. She asked, “Where is God in your heart”? She said, so much in our world distracts us. If we would give ourselves to God, so much would be clear for us.
The Blessed Mother said that there is so much brokenness in your heart…in your world… so many fragments…and you cannot put them together. Let God be the One who heals and restores! Give yourself to God!
Many other things were said, but at the end in the vision, the visionary saw the Blessed Mother spread between Her hands something like fabric – a fine gossamer-like net and the visionary said, “The Angels are so busy!”…. Going to each one of you and taking your brokenness… your fragments and placing them in this net. And the Mother is holding them all in this beautiful gossamer and She turned and gave them to Jesus, saying: “My Son, take these… they are yours”.”
Our prayer for you tonight is, that you will heed the beautiful message! Give yourself to God and, let God love you into wholeness! Whatever the brokenness… whatever the hurt in your life…God will bring that to wholeness, if you will trust Him.
Again, you cannot do this for yourself. You cannot put your own life together. No one can. Place yourself in God’s hands, so that the Mother who loves you so much will bring that to Him. She gives it to Him… entrusts it to Him for your healing, and for the healing of the world.
The visionary said, when you experience this for yourself, then you will become “good news” for the world.
Give yourself to God! ... God loves you so much!