Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The World’s Hatred
Please read Jesus’ words below from the Gospel of St. John 15:18-27.
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But in order that the word written in their law might be fulfilled, ‘They hated me without cause.’ “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.”
I was at the Manor yesterday afternoon and I celebrated Holy Mass with a big group of people and right after the Mass I visited those Catholics who could not come and gave them Holy Communion. They are always very happy to receive the Eucharist.
Below you will find the message Jesus gave me,
“Melvin My brother, I love you and I love all My brothers and sisters living in every part of the world. I have a special love for all My friends who suffer at the hands of their fellow men. You hear almost every day of the death of a Bishop, a priest, a religious or a lay Catholic killed because of their faith in Me. I told the Apostles before I ascended into heaven that they would suffer. You know the way they treated Me, so many will be treated the same way and they will be martyred because of their faith in Me. There were many great martyrs at the beginning of the Church and there are still many today. Because of their supreme witness to the faith, these martyrs are all in heaven with Me filled with peace and joy.
My friends, do not fear those who can kill the body but cannot touch your soul. Offer your sufferings together with My suffering to the Father for the conversion of all the people of the world but especially for the conversion of the members of your family. If you are persecuted, rejoice because you are following in My footsteps. When I was on earth, many hated Me, lies were told against Me and at times, when I healed someone, I was told I was healing through the power of the devil.
Do not worry about what people think of you but instead be My disciples. Lift up your heart and mind to Me every day and love all your friends and neighbours. Be a witness of your faith and love in Me and a faithful member of My Church. When life is a struggle, remember I am even closer to you than before. I love you and bless you.“