Thursday, June 07, 2012
A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 1:4-17):
I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose. For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people, that there are rivalries among you. I mean that each of you is saying, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Kephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I give thanks to God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say you were baptized in my name. I baptized the household of Stephanas also; beyond that I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.
Yesterday it rained for most of the day but it was not heavy. We should see the sun today, I hope. Continue to pray that what Our Lady asked may be accomplished very soon.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“I bless you and give thanks to the Father for you, My brother Melvin, and for all My brothers and sisters living in the world. Give thanks to your Father too for the faith you have in Me and for all that you do to follow the commandments of God and to love one another. Some of you though are causing division in My Church and in the Christian Community. Some say they are My followers yet they accept abortion, same-sex marriage, couples that live together and have not received the sacrament of marriage; so many divorces among them, and as many living with another, etc. All this causes great harm to My Church and it also destroys the faith of those who believed in Me. It is so important, My dear brothers and sisters, to follow the teachings I gave you and not to imitate those who follow the ways of the world. You need to pray every day and pray your rosary daily so that you have the strength and power to resist the evil one and to be close to Me. You know that abortion is a horrible sin because it is the killing of a human being conceived in his mother’s womb. All are to respect life from conception to natural death. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and it is for life. They are to give birth to children and to take care of them. I bless you all.”