Monday, March 04, 2013

Called to be the light...

The three successive questions posed by Our Lady in the latest message to Mirjana beget responses reminiscent of the time after the Resurrection when Jesus asked three questions of Peter, designed to extract the same response – a reassertion of faith and willingness to witness to others the resurrection in one’s life following repentance. 

Peter repented of his doubt, his lack of faith and disbelief that there was still a catch to be made after he had been fishing all night without success. (Luke 5 : 4-7)

Our Lady’s first question, “Do you love the Heavenly Father above all else?” prompts the answer: “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

Her second question “Do you repent for having often forgotten that the Heavenly Father, out of his great love, sent his Son to redeem us by the Cross?” also prompts an affirmative response: “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

And her third question “Do you repent for not having accepted the message?” anticipates another positive answer: “Lord, you know everything, you know I love you.”

After each response Jesus tells Peter to go “feed my lambs” or “feed my sheep”.  (John 21 : 15-17)

Our Lady puts it another way, but it means the same: “...you will be a blessing and a hope to all those sinners who wander in the darkness of sin.”

Peter was called to be a carrier of hope, the rock on which the Church is built, a church of light-bearers.