Sunday, June 30, 2013
God’s Love in Christ
A reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans (8:28-39):
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined he also called; and those he called he also justified; and those he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: “For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yesterday I celebrated Holy Mass for the Feast of the great Apostles and Saints, our dear Saint Peter and Saint Paul. I prayed for all of you who read these messages, that the Lord bless you and give you all the graces and gifts that you need.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I have an everlasting love for you, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who acknowledge Me as your Savior and friend. You cannot understand how awesome My love is for each one of you. I have chosen you and called you to work together with Me. If you have answered in the affirmative, then I live in your heart and I give you the graces and the strength you need to live in the world and to avoid sin. I also give you great peace that can only come from Me. I have justified you and one day you will be glorified in heaven. I was able to do that for you because I took upon Myself all your sins and I offered Myself in sacrifice to My Father to atone for all your sins. So if your sins are forgiven, then you live in grace and you are My beloved.
“You might be rejected by the people with whom you live and work. Do not worry about that, but pray for them. What is important is that you are My friend and that we walk together every day. I want unity between you and I. Then all I have suffered for you will not be in vain, but it will work for your salvation. I love you all.”