On the Word of the Lord and the Message of Our Lady
A Guide on Living Our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
by Rev. Fr. OMER PRIETO
Dear brothers and sisters,
Back in the Ordinary Time, we begin with the call to the first disciples, which gives us a model to follow in our own lives. We learn in the other readings how God’s call can change everything in us, all for His glory.
In her message, Our Lady tell us that as Mother, she will form in us that image which corresponds to the plan which the Father has for each one of us. All She needs is our unconditional “yes” through our consecration to Her Immaculate Heart. We will read “Mother of Jesus, and Yours” (Message 94), from the book, “To the Priests Our Lady’s Beloved Sons.”
I. GOSPEL READING (John 1:35-42)
The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).
Points for Reflection
- God’s Initiative
In Jesus’ encounter with His first disciples (Jn. 1:35-42), we see one simple truth: God takes the initiative. He had already been calling these men even before they decided to follow Jesus. They had been prepared for His coming and were just so eager to meet Him. Thus, when the Baptist exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God,” the two disciples “followed Jesus.” Turning and seeing them following Him, He asked: “What are you looking for?” In their face-to-face encounter, we see Jesus taking the initiative.
- Discerning the Call
God is constantly calling us, but how do we know that He is the one calling? We may hear His voice, but how do we recognize it? Samuel’s story in the First Reading (1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19) shows us. Called by the Lord thrice, he needed Eli to confirm that it was indeed the Lord. Eventually realizing that it was Him calling, Eli told Samuel to respond, using words that would become his vocation as the last of the judges of Israel and the first in the office of prophet: “Speak, for your servant is listening.” God’s persistent call preceded Samuel’s pledge of service. So, it was with the apostles; so it is with us.
- Responding to the Call
To be called does not require our perfection, but only obedience and fidelity. Like Samuel and the disciples, we are certainly called not because of our qualifications. It is purely God’s initiative and choice. But, it is a dynamic call that changes everything in us. Even our bodies are no longer for us but for the Lord, Paul tells us in the Second Reading (1 Cor. 6:13c-15a, 17-20). “You are not your own” - this is how he puts it. We will never be the same because he has called us, loved us, changed us and made us into his image. All we need is our response of obedience and fidelity, leading others to Him, all for His glory.
- OUR LADY’S MESSAGE: “MOTHER OF JESUS, AND YOURS ” (MESSAGE 94)
March 25, 1976
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
- Priests consecrated to me, my sons, this is the reason why you have need of me to become perfect consolers of my Son Jesus.
b. At the moment when, overshadowed by the light of the Spirit, I uttered my yes to the Will of the Lord, the Word of the Father, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, descended into my most pure womb, in the expectation of my maternal collaboration, to receive from me his human nature and thus become also man in the divine Person of my Son Jesus.
c. Do you see how God entrusted Himself completely to this human creature of his? The reason is to be found in the mystery of the love of God.
d. What moved God to stoop down to me was the profound sense I had of my littleness and of my poverty, as well as my perfect availability for the accomplishment of the Will of the Lord.
e. God could have chosen many other ways to come to you, but He chose to select mine.
f. And therefore, this way now becomes necessary for you to reach God.
g. The first thing that I ask of you, sons, is your unconditional yes, and you say this by your consecration to my Immaculate Heart.
h. And then I ask you to entrust yourselves to me with the greatest confidence and most complete abandonment.
i. Your yes and your complete availability will allow your Mother to act.
j. As with great love, I formed the human nature of the Word, so too I will form in you, my sons, that image which corresponds more and more to the plan which the Father has for each one of you. The plan, which God has for you, my beloved sons, is that you be priests according to the Heart of Jesus.
k. I am the Mother of God because I was chosen to bring God to men; I am your Mother because I have the duty of bringing to God those men redeemed by my Son and entrusted, each and all, by Him to me.
l. I am, therefore, the true Mother of Jesus and your true Mother as well.
m. On this day, when all Heaven exults in the contemplation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, you too must rejoice while meditating on this mystery of the love of your Mother.
n. It is not given to everyone to understand this mystery of love; it is given only to the pure of heart, to the simple, to the little, to the poor. Go forward thus, my beloved ones, and you will al ways be consoled and encouraged more and more by me."
Points for Reflection
- God entrusted Himself completely to me.
Our Lady recalls the moment when she said her “fiat” during the Annunciation. Her call was a mystery of God’s love (94 b-d). He could have chosen other means, but He chose Her. By this, she becomes indispensable for us to reach God.
- Entrust yourselves, too.
Thus, Her invitation: “Entrust yourselves to me with the greatest confidence and most complete abandonment.” This allows Her to form in us that image which corresponds to the plan that God has for each one of us (94 h-j). As the Mother of God, she was chosen to bring God to men. As our Mother, she has the duty to bring us to Him. She asks us to meditate on this, the mystery of Her love, the understanding of which is not given to all. “Go forward thus, my beloved ones, and you will al ways be consoled and encouraged more and more by me” (94 k-n).
Yours in the Immaculate Heart,
Note: This reflection is shared with all cenacle and other prayer groups (priests and laity), communities and Marian organizations, associations and movements within and outside of the Philippines, with Our Lady’s words transcribed verbatim for those who do not have copies of the messages. This may also be shared with private individuals for their personal use.Our Lady's messages are taken from the book: "To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons", a compilation of 604 messages in the form of locutions given by the Blessed Virgin Mary through Fr. Stefano Gobbi of Italy.
Imprimatur: Bp Donald W. Montrose, D.D., 1998
Abp Francesco Cuccarese, 2007