Thursday, February 23, 2012
Ministering to a Great Multitude
Please read this passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew (4:23-25):
Jesus went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan followed him.
Last evening I was at the Ash Wednesday Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Palmer Road, and a large crowd took part. They all received the ashes as a symbol that they accepted to enter the season of Lent and to repent of all their sins. Every Friday we will have the Way of the Cross and I know that many will come. This is a very special season and we are called to come closer to Jesus and to have a closer and more intimate relationship with the Lord.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“I call you all to follow Me into the desert especially you, My brother Melvin, and all My brothers and sisters living all over the world. It is time to leave your sinful ways and return to practice of the virtues and to live a humble and Christian life. After My forty days in the desert, I began My public life calling the people to come and enter the Kingdom, which I had brought to them. I called them to love God with all their heart and to love one another. They were to love even their enemies and pray for them. To show them that I have great power I healed the sick from all kinds of diseases. I gave the blind their sight; those paralyzed began to walk again; those who were mentally sick were completely healed; also many who were possessed by evil spirits came to Me and I chased all these evil spirits away from them. I was very busy every day helping the people in different ways.
I spent much time teaching the people how to live as the people of God. Come, My people, and follow Me. I love you all.”