Friday, July 27, 2012
The Church as Christ’s Body
A reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (1:15 – 2:5a):
Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens, far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh, following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ.
I wish to thank all those who sent me donations to help me out of my debts. Today I even received 238 Euros from France. I still have some more debts such as property tax, which I did not pay yet. May the Lord bless you all.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.
“I give thanks to God the Father for you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in every part of the world. I thank you for your strong faith in Me, for your work for My mystical body, the Church, and for all the help you give to the poor. The Father has blessed Me and now I sit at His right hand in heaven. You are the members of My Body, the Church, and I desire to have all the peoples of the world in My Church. I am the leader of the Church and great gifts and graces come to the members of the Church through Me.
Do not return to your old ways but look forward and advance on the way to holiness. It is through the Church and the power of the Holy Spirit who will help you to grow in holiness every day. The Holy Spirit will strengthen and enlighten you in many ways. Live in the power of the Holy Spirit and in close union with Me, your Redeemer. Our Heavenly Father loves you and He calls you to follow the commandments He has given you. Follow the way I traced out for you and you will be blessed.”