Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Vision of Cornelius
Please read the passage below from the Acts of the Apostles (10:1-8):
Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Cohort called the Italica, devout and God-fearing along with his whole household, who used to give alms generously to the Jewish people and pray to God constantly. One afternoon about three o’clock, he saw plainly in a vision an angel of God come in to him and say to him, “Cornelius.” He looked intently at him and, seized with fear, said, “What is it, sir?” He said to him, “Your prayers and almsgiving have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Now send some men to Joppa and summon one Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with another Simon, a tanner, who has a house by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had left, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from his staff, explained everything to them, and sent them to Joppa.
There are many people who have visions just like Cornelius. They are usually frightened at the beginning but the visitor from heaven usually tells them not to be afraid. Today I find that more and more people have visions. I know that many Muslims have visions from Jesus who calls them to follow Him and enter His Church. I know of one young man from Africa, a Muslim, who at the age of 19 years of age took his bicycle one day and went for a ride. While he was riding he heard his name called. He looked up in the sky and there was a face but he did not recognize that face. The next day he went to see a friend of his, a Catholic, and there was a priest at the house. While outside alone the Muslim heard his name called again and he looked up and the same face was there. He was told that he would be a priest like the one he just saw. The next day he went to see that priest and told him the story. The priest had various pictures and asked him to find the face he saw. When he saw the picture of Jesus, he said, this is the one. That young man became a Catholic, went to the seminary, and today he is a priest. How fantastic Jesus is!
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“I bless you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in all the countries of the world. Although I have ascended into heaven, I am still working unceasingly in the world. You do not know how many people I visit in the course of a day. If I go and visit someone it is usually to call that person to follow Me along the right path. So many people are in darkness and on the wrong path and they do not know that what they are doing is wrong. I have visited many to give them the light. Like for Cornelius I send an angel or I come myself to make them aware that I am their Lord and Savior. Many do not know Me. Through this heavenly encounter the majority of the people are converted and remain united with Me until death. Yes, I want the salvation of all the people and I ask you to pray that they open their hearts to Me and be converted. Your prayers are very important to bring this about. I bless you all.”