A Medjugorje Heart: A Heart of LoveNov 20, 2023
In this week’s show, A Medjugorje Heart, I talk with my friend, Michelle Contich, who just returned from her first pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Michelle shares that she discovered the gifts of Medjugorje as she sought healing during a difficult season of life. The gifts that Michelle unwrapped were all about God’s great love. The love found in the sacrament of Reconciliation, being called to just love others and how love leads to joy and peace in your heart.
We live in a world that needs more love! It sounds trite to say, but what the world is lacking is an awareness of the source of true love. I am reminded of the Beatles song, All You Need Is Love. It is true that all you need is love, but the source of that love is God the Father! The world tends to confuse God’s love with love of the “flesh” or worldly desires. The world’s love leads to confusion, pain and will leave you searching in all the wrong places.
The source of true love is God.
You can probably recite John 3:16,
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.
Do you know John 3:17? It says,
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.
God loves you and I so much that he sent his Son to teach us about love! Jesus showed us how to love in the midst of pain, suffering and sin.
As Jesus encountered the broken hearted, he loved.
As Jesus encountered the sinful, he loved.
As Jesus encountered betrayal, he loved.
As Jesus encountered pain and suffering, he loved.
As Jesus encountered death and persecution, he loved.
You and I are called to show that same love to everyone we encounter. It isn’t always easy and sometimes loving yourself is the first place to begin.
In Medjugorje, the Blessed Mother has been appearing for over 40 years. Her messages always point to her Son, Jesus, and his great love for humanity. Day after day her messages give hope, encouragement and lead us to discovering that life with Jesus is full of hope, joy and peace.
Is there an area in your heart that needs a little TLC?
What is hidden in the dark corners of your heart that needs the light and love of Christ?
What is weighing you down? Sin? Unforgiveness? Doubt? Fear?
Let go of it by going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Open yourself to the healing and restoration that comes from being humble and honest with God. Open yourself to his love!
All you need is love…the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
Jennie is a Catholic speaker, Life Coach, Podcaster, Weekly Radio Show Host on Nashville Catholic Radio and Radio Maria USA, and founder of Catholic Moms in the Middle. After 26 years of working in Catholic education, Jennie felt God calling her "to step out of the boat" to serve in a new way. In her new ministry as a Catholic Life Coach, she now equips and encourages middle-life moms to reconnect with who they are and their unique God-given purpose so they can MAGNIFY Christ in their corner of the world.