Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Announcement of the Birth of John (2nd Part)
A reading from St. Luke’s Gospel (1:18-25):
Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute.
Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home. After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”
We had a rainy day yesterday but the temperature was great about 7 degrees the whole day. The sun came out for a short time in the evening. We should have a nice day today. I thank all those who sent donations. They are a great help indeed. However, I am still short so if you can help I would be very pleased. My oil tank is almost empty.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I call you to believe in Me, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters living in the world. Faith is so important in order to live a full life on earth. Look at Zechariah who was a priest but his wife never had a child. When the angel come in the sanctuary of the Temple in Jerusalem, the angel told him that his wife was to give birth to a boy whom they were to call John. His father refused to believe the angel because he and his wife were too old to have children. He did not believe that nothing is impossible for God. The Father can do all things and this is what He did for Elizabeth. Indeed she became pregnant in her old age and she was overjoyed that the Father had taken the disgrace from her.
“I want you all My brothers and sisters not to follow Zechariah but to believe whatever the Father and I tell you especially what is written in the Bible. I told you that if you believe in Me and follow Me, you will be in heaven with Me one day. Leave your old ways behind and walk in the light that comes from Me. I love you all.“