Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Flesh and the Spirit
A reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8:1-13):
Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death. For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us, who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit. For those who live according to the flesh are concerned with the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit with the things of the spirit. The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace. For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit that dwells in you. Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
I did a lot of work yesterday. I got my old age pension and I cash the cheque. Then I paid $800 to pay the accountant who did up the papers of Our Lady of PEI Inc. to send to the Government. Then I went to see my doctor and I took my car to the garage to have the oil changed. I also paid my phone bill and my electricity bill and there is almost no more money in my pocket. There are always so many bills to pay.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Live according to the Spirit, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who have received baptism and are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father sent Me into the world clothe with human flesh to condemn sin but not to live according to the flesh, but to live according to the spirit. You, too, are to imitate Me by living according to the spirit. If you life according to the flesh you are doomed to death, but if you live according to the spirit you will have life and peace. In order to belong to Me, your Savior, you need to have the Spirit of God dwelling in you, then you will truly belong to Me. Live every day according to the Spirit, and you will be blessed and you will have life in you. I bless you all.”