CHRISTMAS DAY MESSAGES FROM OUR LADY AT MEDJUGORJE
BY WAYNE WEIBLE
Try to grasp the enormity of the grace of thirty-six and a half years of daily apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Medjugorje. It’s impossible. It’s beyond our human capacity.
Imagine then, the anticipation of awaiting the message given on Christmas Day. Surely, the message on this holy day will be even more filled with grace. And when the message so anticipated finally is given by Our Lady, there is a slight let-down; a little disappointment as it is usually along the same lines of all the messages given in these 36-plus years.
That’s our human nature.
However, on Christmas Day of 2012, the anticipation was more than satisfied. In fact, it was and is, in my humble opinion, the most powerful of all the messages given by Heaven in this little village of Medjugorje.
Before we get to the 2012 message, let us revisit the Christmas message of 2011:
Dear children! Also today, in my arms I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Pray, little children, and witness so that in every heart, not human but God's peace may prevail, which no one can destroy. It is that peace in the heart which God gives to those whom He loves. By your baptism you are all, in a special way called and loved, therefore witness and pray that you may be my extended hands to this world which yearns for God and peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Our Lady is presenting the baby Jesus in this message to us so that He can give us His peace. How much more can we expect? It is reminiscent of the first day of the apparitions (June 24, 1981) when she appeared holding a baby in her arms, as though representing Him to the world. She came on that first day as the Queen of Peace and continues in that role throughout the entirety of the apparitions.
Thus, even with the annual extra anticipation of the millions of Medjugorje followers to hear the Christmas Day message, I would say we were all stunned when it was given.
Our Lady appeared to the visionaries with little Jesus in her arms; she did not speak. There was no message given by her on this Christmas. Instead, the baby Jesus began to speak and He said: I am your peace, live my commandments.
With a sign of the cross, Our Lady and little Jesus then blessed us, that is, all of us who are part of the Medjugorje family. In fact, I think the blessings of Mother and Child were meant for the entire world.
The incredulous body of messages given to humankind through the Virgin Mary’s apparitions at Medjugorje is gift for all who accept them. No message is original in content; most can be traced directly to Holy Scripture. Of course, Christmas is special and the expectations are higher than normal. Again, true to human nature, we were all expecting another stunning surprise on the following Christmas. However, it was more of the usual ilk here is what was given:
Dear children! I am carrying to you the King of Peace that He may give you His peace. You, little children, pray, pray, pray. The fruit of prayer will be seen on the faces of the people who have decided for God and His Kingdom. I, with my Son Jesus, bless you all with a blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
We add three more Christmas messages from past years. Notice the consistency of the content of the messages given at this time of the year when everyone talks about, prays about and writes about peace. Sadly, nothing seems to change once the season is over.
Here are the past Christmas messages:
December 25, 2014 Dear children! Also today, in my arms I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and I am asking from Him peace for you and peace among you. Pray to and adore my Son for His peace and joy to enter into your hearts. I am praying for you to be all the more open to prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.
December 25, 2015 Dear children! Also today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you and from this embrace I am giving you His peace and a longing for Heaven. I am praying with you for peace and am calling you to be peace. I am blessing all of you with my motherly blessing of peace. Thank you for having responded to my call.
December 25, 2016 Dear children! With great joy, today I am carrying my Son Jesus to you, for Him to give you His peace. Open your hearts, little children, and be joyful that you can receive it. Heaven is with you and is fighting for peace in your hearts, in the families and in the world; and you, little children, help with your prayers for it to be so. I bless you with my Son Jesus and call you not to lose hope; and for your gaze and heart to always be directed towards Heaven and eternity. In this way, you will be open to God and to His plans. Thank you for having responded to my call.
We at Weible Columns wish all of our readers a wonderful, Holy Christmas filled with the peace that passes all understanding!