February 25, 2014
Teaching about Retaliation
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew 5, 38 – 48:
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and cause rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So, be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
We had another beautiful sunny day on Monday and I thank the Lord for the nice days He is giving us. May the Lord bless you all.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“Look to Me My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who love Me and see how I reacted when I was insulted or beaten. I said nothing and My love for them never grew dim. You too do not retaliate against those who curse you or hurt you in any way. I want you to pray for them that they may be converted one day so they can go to heaven.
Love your enemies is My teaching to you all. Do like Me as I hung on the cross. I prayed to the Father for all those who put Me to death. I said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’ They did not believe that I was the Son of God and their Lord and Savior. When you hate anyone you commit sin and I cannot live in the heart of a person who is full of hate. Forgive all those who have hurt you and ask Me to bless them and you will be full of love, peace and joy and I will come back to live in your heart. I bless you all and I fill you with all the graces you need.”