Friday, November 23, 2012
Peter’s Denial of Jesus
A reading from St. Mark’s Gospel (14:66-72):
While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s maids came along. Seeing Peter warming himself, she looked intently at him and said, “You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” But he denied it saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” So he went out into the outer court. Then the cock crowed. The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” Once again he denied it. A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more, “Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.” He began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man about whom you are talking.” And immediately a cock crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.” He broke down and wept.
Again I wish to thank all those who send donations to help me. The Lord will surely bless you for your generosity. I still need some more help and I will be very thankful if you help me. I would not like to abandon Our Lady of PEI’s little shrine, which She asked me to build in Her honor. I am praying for all of you that the Lord will bless you and give you all the graces and help you need.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I am always ready to pardon you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in the world. You know the truth that you are all sinners. Look at what St. Peter did the night I was arrested and brought before the High Priest. Peter was outside and when he was asked if he was with Me, Jesus, he denied it. He did not deny it once but three times. I had told him at the Last Supper that this would happen but he did not want to accept it. However, when the cock crowed twice, then he remembered what I had told him and he wept. This means that he was sorry for what he had done.
“It is the same for all of you. When you commit sin, you have to repent of what you’ve done and pray to Me and say that you are sorry for having committed that sin. Ask for My forgiveness and I will take away all your sins. Go to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and you will receive from Me many graces to help you not to sin in the future. I love you all and I forgive you.”