Wednesday, March 07, 2012
End of Paul and his Companions’ First Mission
Please read the passage below from the Acts of the Apostles (14:21-28):
After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” They appointed presbyters for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.
I will celebrate Holy Mass this morning in the Little Shrine of Our Lady of Prince Edward Island, the Mother of Life. I will offer this Mass for all those who are inscribed in the Book of Remembrance. Holy Mass is the greatest prayer in the whole world and I am sure when Mass is offered for these people, they get many great graces.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“I greet you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living all over the world. I want you all in the Kingdom of God that I established when I was on earth. If you believe in Me and are baptized and follow the Commandments of God, you are truly in My Kingdom. One of the greatest Evangelists of the Church was St. Paul, who traveled throughout the known world of his time to teach the people about Me, their Savior, and to call them to enter My Church. Many people came and were received into My Church.
I want all of you to be evangelists. Do not be afraid to speak to those you meet about Me, your Redeemer, who died on the cross and was raised to life on the third day never to die again. Tell them that I am their only Savior.”