Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Faith, Hope and Love
Please read the passage below from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Chapter 5:1-11):
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Not only that, but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
I thank the Lord for another beautiful day yesterday. It was sunny all day and the temperature surpassed 20 degrees Celsius. Today we will have some rain and that will make the farmers happy. The soil is very dry these days. Many have already planted their potatoes and others are getting their gardens ready. What a wonderful spring we are having this year.
(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 every part of the world, with the wonderful gifts of faith, hope and love. These are wonderful gifts, which I am willing to give to anyone who asks for them. Faith is a great gift from God by which you come to believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, and to believe in Me, His Son Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary and lived on earth to establish His Church and teach His Apostles. At the end I gave Myself totally to God by dying on the cross in sacrifice for the sins of the world. After three days I rose again and appeared to the Apostles for forty days and then ascended into heaven at the Ascension. You also believe in the Holy Spirit who came on earth at Pentecost sent by the Father and by Me, His Son. He is the Spirit of holiness. You will believe all that I have taught you through the Apostles and this deposit of faith is well guarded by My Church and She will instruct the faithful until the end of time.
God also gives the gift of hope by which we desire the Kingdom of God and eternal life, placing our trust in God’s promises. Love is also a great virtue by which you love God above all things for His own sake and your neighbors as yourselves for the love of God.”