Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Sentence of Death
A reading from St. Mark’s Gospel (15:1-15):
As soon as morning came, the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He said to him in reply, “You say so.” The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested. A man called Barabbas was then in prison along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion. The crowd came forward and began to ask him to do for them as he was accustomed. Pilate answered, “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate again said to them in reply, “Then what do you want me to do with the man you call the king of the Jews?” They shouted again, “Crucify him.” Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.
Today is the Feast of Christ the King. In fact it is on the Cross that He became the King of the Universe. He gave His life to save us.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I bless you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters scattered all over the world. For many people at the beginning find it very difficult to think that the Son of God could be killed by hanging Him on the cross. As God together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, I am the Creator of the whole world and of all the people who live in the world. Now to think that those created by God should turn around and murder their Lord and Savior. But that is what happened because I agreed to suffer and die in order to show you how much I love you and to atone for all your sins. Your sins offended God and only God could atone properly for all your sins. Now I am the Resurrected One, Your Savior and Your Friend. I love you all.”
P.S. I wish you all a wonderful Feast of Christ the King.