December 29, 2013
Faith is Victory over the World
A reading from the First Letter of Saint John 5, 1 – 12:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith. Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and blood. The Spirit is the one that testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three that testify, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are of one accord. If we accept human testimony, the testimony of God is surely greater. Now the testimony of God is this: that he has testified on behalf of his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar by not believing the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life.
Today, Sunday, is the Feast of the Holy Family. So we honor Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the most perfect family ever to live in this world. All families must strive to imitate the Holy Family and to pray that God will give each one the graces needed to live like them.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord, the Son of God, given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“I call you all to have faith in Me especially you My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who read this message of mine. Faith is of the greatest importance for every human being living in the world. Without faith you are far from Me and you live with the evil one and in darkness. Without faith you do not have hope and your life does not have any meaning. However, if you have faith, then you see that life has a purpose and that you are called to a great future in this world and after you leave this world.
By faith I mean believing in Me, your Lord and Savior. I am the One who gave you the purpose for life in the world and how it is important that you follow Me and be My friend. I want you to study what I have taught you for you know your stay on earth is only for a short while because it is a test to see if you truly follow the right way and act according to your faith. If you pass the test then you will be welcomed in heaven to live in eternal bliss for ever. Come give Me your hand and let us walk together in love and hope to the promised land. I love you and I am calling you every day.”