Thursday, March 01, 2012
The Vision of Peter
Please read this passage from the Acts of the Apostles (10:9-16):
The next day, while they were on their way and nearing the city, Peter went up to the roof terrace to pray at about noontime. He was hungry and wished to eat, and while they were making preparations he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something resembling a large sheet coming down, lowered to the ground by its four corners. In it were all the earth’s four-legged animals and reptiles and the birds of the sky. A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter. Slaughter and eat.” But Peter said, “Certainly not, sir. For never have I eaten anything profane and unclean.” The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.” This happened three times, and then the object was taken up into the sky.
As Jesus spoke to Peter in a vision, He also spoke to me many times. You read about my meeting with Jesus at the age of twelve, the encounter with Jesus in Africa, and now He has something else to tell me. I have had many encounters with Jesus during my life. He has always been close to me and He has always asked something of me.
(Here below are the words of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus gave him this message.)
“I address you again, My brother Melvin, this morning and I bless all My brothers and sisters scattered all over the world. My brother, you made a thirty-day retreat in Jerusalem some years ago and I spoke to you often during those days about the two religious societies. I told you that what is primary in the life of these religious is their relationship with Me. They need to have an intimate and loving relationship with Me and this will come about through prayer and service. This will be expressed in a daily loving relationship with the members and with the people they meet every day. They will take to heart My commandment: Love one another as I have loved you. This will show itself by an active community life, zeal for the Kingdom, perseverance in prayer, loving service, prompt obedience, purity of heart and love for the Church. I call you, My brother, to begin these religious societies as soon as possible. I bless you and all My brothers and sisters.”