Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Unity in the Body
A reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (4:1-15):
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it says: “He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men.”
What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended into the lower regions of the earth? The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ.
I wish to thank all those who gave donations during the last days. It is a great help but I still am in need and it is difficult to sleep at night. I thank you all who have and who will help me in the near future.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.
“It is My joy to give you great gifts especially you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters united together in the one Church. It is very important to be united with Me and with one another in the power of the Holy Spirit. Love one another and be humble and gentle with one another. You must always be ready to forgive anyone who hurts you in any way. Remember you are all brothers and sisters as you are one in the Spirit, you all have the same calling, you have the same Savior, the same faith and the same baptism. You have been transformed into Me, Your Lord and Redeemer. If you have this strong faith, then you will receive different gifts for the different ministries that are needed in My Church. Through these ministries you will grow in holiness and I will live in you and you will live in Me. You will be Christian adults who do not listen to fables but adhere to the truth that comes from Me and My Church. So be familiar with My teachings that are in the Bible especially the New Testament. I love you all and I bless you.”