Thursday, May 30, 2013
Paul’s Speech continued
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (22:6-16):
[Paul continued his speech saying,] “On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied,‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you are persecuting.’ My companions saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who spoke to me. I asked, ‘What shall I do, sir?’ The Lord answered me, ‘Get up and go into Damascus, and there you will be told about everything appointed for you to do.’ Since I could see nothing because of the brightness of that light, I was led by hand by my companions and entered Damascus.
“A certain Ananias, a devout observer of the law, and highly spoken of by all the Jews who lived there, came to me and stood there and said, ‘Saul, my brother, regain your sight.’ And at that very moment I regained my sight and saw him. Then he said, ‘The God of our ancestors designated you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the sound of his voice; for you will be his witness before all to what you have seen and heard. Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name.’“
We had another beautiful sunny day yesterday and the temperature was not bad. We are supposed to have rain today.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I am the light of the world, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who believe these words that are written in the Bible. When I encountered Paul on the road to Damascus, the first thing he saw was this bright light. All those who were with him also saw the light. I called him and asked him this question:‘Why are you persecuting Me?’ I was reminding him that by persecuting the Christians, he was persecuting Me, the Lord, as I am identified with each person that is persecuted. Paul was blinded because of the light, but I told him to go to Damascus and his friend took him by the hand and led him to town. It is there that Ananias was told to go to Paul and to pray that he may see again and to baptize him. Ananias did all this and Paul became a Christian. I had chosen Paul for a very special mission. He had to visit many countries and to preach the good news to the people everywhere. Paul did a great job and many people entered the Church.
“Read Saint Paul’s letter as they have many beautiful teachings for all of you today. I bless you all.”