Thursday, August 1, 2013
Paul did not Use his Rights
A reading from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 9:12b-18):
Yet we have not used this right. On the contrary, we endure everything so as not to place an obstacle to the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who perform the temple services eat what belongs to the temple, and those who minister at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the gospel should live by the gospel.
I have not used any of these rights, however, nor do I write this that it be done so in my case. I would rather die. Certainly no one is going to nullify my boast. If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
What a beautiful sunny day we had yesterday! The sun shone the whole day but in the evening it started to be cloudy. Again I thank those who have sent me a donation. May the Lord bless you. I am always in need these days. I will have a Healing Service on Friday this week and I will start with the rosary at 7:00 p.m. with the service at 7:30 p.m.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“As I blessed Saint Paul for his great work, I bless you too My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who work for Me. Saint Paul preached the Gospel free of charge, but I took care of him so that he had enough to eat and a place to sleep at night. I will bless you all if indeed you teach the people you meet about Me and practice what I have commanded you. I ask you all, My friends, to work for the new evangelization. There are so many people who do not believe today and many others who have left My Church. Do not be afraid to show them that you love Me and that you pray every day and go to Holy Mass every Sunday.
“Support My Church in showing the people that you are against abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage. All who walk with Me must work to preserve the life of all children from the moment of conception and you have to respect life until natural death. In this way you will follow Me in a perfect way. You will be blessed and you will receive many gifts and graces from Me. I love you all.”