Third Sunday of Lent
“But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!"
How do we repent, how do we bear fruit this Lent? Let us listen to the Mother of God.
The message of Medjugorje is a call to conversion back to God. Our Lady's purpose for coming to earth is to guide each one of us back to her Son Jesus. She does this by leading us step by step toward a life of holiness. We must open our hearts and begin to change our lives starting today, starting now. And she gives us five weapons to do this.
First, prayer is the center of Our Lady's plan and is the most frequent message in Medjugorje. "Today also I am calling you to prayer. You know, dear children, that God grants special graces in prayer... I call you, dear children, to prayer with the heart." (April 25, 1987). Without unceasing prayer, you cannot experience the beauty and greatness of the grace which God is offering you." (February 25, 1989)
Our Lady recommended praying the Rosary. First Our Lady asked us to pray 5 decades, then 10, and finally Our Lady wishes us to pray daily the entire 15 (now 20) Mysteries of the Rosary.
Through prayer, we will defeat satan's power, and obtain peace and salvation for our souls. Pray, and let the Rosary always be in your hands as a sign to Satan that you belong to me." (February 25, 1989)
Fasting is also essential in order to achieve spiritual freedom. Through fasting, one is better able to listen to God and man and to perceive them more clearly. Our Lady recommends fasting twice a week: "Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays." (August 14, 1984). "The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the natural laws of nature." (July 21, 1982)
In addition to prayer and fasting, Our Lady asks us "to read the Bible everyday in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and pray." (October 18, 1984)
Our Lady asks for monthly confession. From the very first days of the apparitions, Our Lady spoke about confession: "Make your peace with God and among yourselves. For that, it is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to confession." (June 26, 1981).
Pilgrims who come to Medjugorje are always impressed by the number of people waiting for confession and the number of priests hearing confession.
Last. Our Lady recommends Sunday Mass, and when possible, daily Mass. It has been reported by the visionaries that Our Lady has cried when speaking of the Eucharist and the Mass. She said: "You do not celebrate the Eucharist as you should. If you would know what grace and what gifts you receive, you would prepare yourselves for it each day for an hour at least." (1985),
Our Lady wants us to see the Holy Mass as "the center of our lives" and "the most important and the most holy moment in our lives. Once she said, "let the Holy Mass be your life." (April 25, 1988).