Friday, August 2, 2013
All Things to All
A reading from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 9:19-27):
Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law. To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.
Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
We had another beautiful day yesterday and it was warm in the afternoon. However, it looks as if we will have some rain today.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Forget about yourselves, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters following Me, and you will have all the graces and strength you need to do the work I gave you to do. Saint Paul became all things to all people so that he could save them, at least some of them. You too must not worry about yourself, but be always ready to do all that I ask of you. In working together with Me, you will grow in holiness and you will have all you need. Your life on earth is like a race, and the goal is to reach heaven for which the Father has created you. You must be humble as I was and you must ask Me daily for this humility. Pride will not bring you anywhere and it will cause you in live in the dark. Those who are proud think they can do everything themselves and because of their weakness they will never succeed. Be humble as I was and call upon My help, and I promise you that you will succeed. I bless you all.”