June 24, 2016 A.D.
Tonight Our Lady appeared to Ivan during his prayer group on top of Apparition Mountain. By the time Our Lady appeared to Ivan, the mountain was filled with thousands of pilgrims here in Medjugorje to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s apparitions. Our Lady appeared to Ivan at around 10:00 p.m. Our Lady appeared a long time. The apparition lasted 10 to 15 minutes. The following is Ivan’s description of tonight’s apparition.
“Also today Our Lady came to us very joyful and happy and at the beginning She greeted all of us with Her motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus my dear children.’ Then, for a longer while, She prayed over all of us here, and then she prayed especially over the priests and the sick who are present here. Then Our Lady said:
Then Our Lady blessed all of us with her motherly blessing, and she also blessed everything you brought to be blessed. I recommended all of you, all of your needs, your intentions, and your families. In a special way, I recommended all of you who are present and all those who in a special way recommended themselves to be prayed for. Our Lady continued to pray over all of us here for awhile and she left in that prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross, with a greeting, “Go in peace my dear children.” This would be what was the most important from tonight’s meeting. You, yourselves know that tomorrow is the 25th, when Our Lady turns to us with Her message for everyone and for the entire world.
How many times has the sun risen and set in the village of Medjugorje since the beginning of the apparitions? A simple calculation of 35 years times 365 days per year gives us the sum total of 12,775 sunsets. Pilgrims who journey to Medjugorje climb Apparition Mountain for visionary, Ivan’s prayer group and while waiting for Our Lady’s apparition, sit and silently watch the sun set, more often than not, in beautifully brilliant colors. Those who follow Medjugorje know that every detail of Our Lady’s appearances has been ordained by the Heavenly Father. There is purpose to every decision He has made as this mystical story unfolds. We have only to ask the right questions to be brought deeper into the mystery.
Why does God have pilgrims come at sunset to be with Our Lady?
Why is the geography of Medjugorje perfectly suited to see the sunset best when one is on top of Apparition Mountain?
What are we to ponder when we look out over the expanse of the valley, as night begins to fall, and see the village Our Lady Herself chose, of which She said:
March 21, 1985
Did we think, as the sun was setting, how blessed we are to be living in a time when day after day, the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God leaves Heaven to be with us on earth? That every day is a gift of Her presence—but a gift that will one day end with a final sunset?
Did we think of our own lives, that we all will have one last sunset before our eternity begins and that every sunset before our last one is a reminder to be living each day in the will of God to merit Heaven?
Did we ponder what the whole rest of the world was doing, while we sang and prayed on this mountain awaiting the Queen of Heaven’s visitation? And why isn’t the whole world up here with us?
Did we think of how many sunsets had passed before we, ourselves, received the grace of conversion through Medjugorje? Did we pray that our loved ones would convert before the final sunset of Our Lady’s apparitions?
Do we think of the sunset as the end of a day? If we were Jewish, the sunset marks not the end, but rather the beginning of a new day. Our Lady grew up Jewish. What does She think when She comes at sunset? Is it an end or a new beginning?
In these days when we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, stop and ponder the sunsets and let Our Lady speak to you of the time of grace in which we are living. And thank Her for these many years in which She has tirelessly come to us to lead us back to Her Son, and the world back to peace.
Love, from Medjugorje