In reflecting on this message, there was a certain aspect that stood out to us and our mission here at Indiana Cardinal:
“Therefore, my children, pray with words, feelings, merciful love and sacrifice. My Son has shown you the way – He who became incarnate and made of me the first chalice, with His exalted sacrifice He has shown you how you need to love.”
(Our Lady of Medjugorje, April 2, 2017).
Within the teachings of the Church, there is a beautiful unity expressed between Christ and the Church. “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, abides in me, and I in Him.” (John 6:56). Through Baptism, we become a part of Christ’s body. We enter into an intimate communion with Him, a communion that shares in life of Christ, His joys and His sufferings, His death and His resurrection. As the mystical body of Christ, we are called to embrace this understanding and commit daily to being Christ in the world. The mystical body must do what the incarnate body did.
Within Christ’s ministry, He felt it necessary to turn over the tables of the money changers. Pope Francis has said, “We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.” Shouldn’t we be willing to turn over the tables within our own lives and within the world? “And He taught, saying to them: Is it not written, My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves. Which when the chief priests and the scribes had heard, they sought how they might destroy Him.” (Mark 11: 17-18a). Our Lady mentioned that, He who become incarnate, has shown us the way. There are many “ways” to fulfill Christ’s mission on earth, but we cannot deny that this one way is very important in conquering the battle against Satan.
May God bless you and Mary keep you!