Thursday, November 24, 2011
Jesus before the Sanhedrin
When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought Jesus before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but Jesus replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” Jesus replied to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.” (Passage from the Gospel of St. Luke 22:66-71)
I celebrated Holy Mass yesterday morning in the Little Shrine of Our Lady of Prince Edward Island at 9:30 a.m. and a small group attended. It was cloudy and we were told that we would have snow in the afternoon. The snow started in the evening but we did not have much. Today we will have sunshine.
I received a phone call yesterday from a lady living in Mexico. I had met her when I went on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe some years ago. She wants me to go to Mexico for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2012 and to celebrate Holy Mass in the big Shrine. She asked that if possible I would come on pilgrimage with many people for the big feast and to pray for an end to abortion in the capital. We have to pray that the Government will abolish abortion in the capital and never allow abortion in any other part of Mexico. Our Blessed Mother, of course, is pro-life. I would like to go for Her great feast next year.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words:)
“I bless you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters spread throughout the world. During My Passion I was taken early on the first Good Friday to stand before the Sanhedrin, the council of elders, and to answer questions. They wanted to know if I was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. I knew they would not believe if I told them I was the Messiah. Then they asked Me another question, ‘Are you the Son of God?’ I answered that I was the Son of God. At that they agreed to bring Me to Pilate and have Me condemned to death.
My friends, you are Christians and you believe with all your heart that I am indeed the Son of God, the Savior of the world. That was the purpose why I came on earth sent by My Father. I accepted to suffer and die on the cross for your salvation. I call you all to believe in Me all the days of your life. I want to live in your heart and give you all the graces and strength that you need to conquer sin and to follow Me. Do not be afraid to suffer because of Me. I am always there to help you. I am your Brother who loves you.”