Monday, July 23, 2012
God’s Free Children in Christ
A reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (4:1-15a):
I mean that as long as the heir is not of age, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything, but he is under the supervision of guardians and administrators until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again? You are observing days, months, seasons, and years. I am afraid on your account that perhaps I have labored for you in vain.
I implore you, brothers, be as I am, because I have also become as you are. You did me no wrong; you know that it was because of a physical illness that I originally preached the gospel to you, and you did not show disdain or contempt because of the trial caused you by my physical condition, but rather you received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. Where now is that blessedness of yours?
I finished the French retreat yesterday at noon. It went very well and a good group attended. I thank the Lord for all the graces these people received.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“If you are an active member of My Church then you are blessed indeed My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in every country of the world. I am the only one who can take you out of slavery to the evil one and bring you to the freedom of the children of God. How many are enslaved to alcohol, to drugs, to sex, to worldly pleasure and to the sects of the evil one in this world! Many are caught in these things and they cannot leave these things. However, if you come to Me, you will be free indeed. You will live with Me and be free from any slavery that exists in the world today. Your freedom will show itself by the love, peace and joy that will reign in your heart. You will be happy to live in union with Me and when you face problems you will come to ask Me to help you and I will be there for you. I have all power and I will use My power to bring you close to Me and to live on My spiritual plain. Remember that I love you and I am always there to help you. I bless you all.”