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May 18, 2020 A.D.

Today’s piece will require you to pause. It is an exercise to expand your thinking about Our Lady’s messages. Our Lady of Medjugorje said through Ivan on May 4, 2020:

“Dear children, this is a time of gratitude…”

Why gratitude? Can we peer into the depths of these words and find the true meaning to them? Yes, we certainly can.

Green Grapes begin to ripen in Medjugorje

(Medjugorje photo taken Monday June 27, 2016, 5:26 AM) - Green grapes are beginning to ripen in Medjugorje. It will take several more months before the grapes are ready to harvest. But, anyone who has been present in Medjugorje at harvest has seen, the work put into the long season, is transformed into a time of rejoicing.

Why must we look deeply into Our Lady’s words? Do they speak more than a superficial reading of them tell us? As a starting point, we need to look at something a Friend of Medjugorje wrote:

…with added history between the time the message is given today and future years, the messages of Our Lady will take on new understanding. Just as we look back at Scripture, amazed at how very few who lived at that time understood the words of prophecy, so too, we today run the risk of missing the true meaning of Our Lady’s words.

- a Friend of Medjugorje
The New Genesis of Our Lady - November 9, 2018

What does this tell us? Why do we need to expand our thinking to understand why Our Lady spoke about gratitude? Because, as a Friend of Medjugorje has said before, when we “box” Our Lady and Her messages into our own small way of thinking, then Her messages cannot speak beyond that. (You can read more about that in, It Ain’t Gonna Happen)

But, if we take the principles of what a Friend of Medjugorje writes above, and through expanding our thinking, apply them to Our Lady’s May 4, 2020, message, what do we see? We see that we need to look at Our Lady’s message from the perspective of the future looking back. If Our Lady today is telling us, “this is a time of gratitude,” then jump ahead in the future, a year, two years, etc., looking back at today. Will there be something that will make us think that in May 2020, we should have been grateful? When we have that kind of perspective, it changes the way we live today. Think of it in the way a Friend of Medjugorje explained in, This is Her Time : “Prophecy, in the Biblical sense, does not mean to predict the future, but to explain the will of God for the present and, therefore, show the right path to take for the future.”

Expand your thinking. Go back and read a Friend of Medjugorje’s words again, three times or more. Make them a part of how you think. A year from now, ten years from now, you will be grateful you did.
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