Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Peter’s Speech in Cornelius’ House
Please read the passage from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34-49.
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word that he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was still speaking these things, the holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit should have been poured out on the Gentiles also, for they could hear them speaking in tongues and glorifying God. Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?” He ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for a few days.
I was at the adoration at our church last evening and this evening I hope to be at the same church for the hour of prayer.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“May the Holy Spirit fill you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters, who believe in Me. When St. Peter spoke to Cornelius and his household, the great happening that took place was that all those present were filled with the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful gift they received. It was just like Pentecost all over again. This showed all those present believed in Me so St. Peter asked that they all be baptized. My brother Melvin, this was like the feast of Pentecost two years ago when a good group of people met in the Little Shrine of Our Lady and after your talk you prayed with the people and almost every person was filled with the Holy Spirit and they all fell on the floor praying and speaking in tongues. This is what I want to see among My people. Pray, My friends, especially this year that the Holy Spirit may give the gift of faith to many, many people and that they give their lives to Me. I am calling for a new awakening in the world and it has already started. I bless you all.”