The Choice of Judas’ Successor

June 21, 2014

The Choice of Judas’ Successor

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 1, 15 – 26:

During those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers (there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place). He said, “My brothers, the scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. He was numbered among us and was allotted a share in the ministry. He bought a parcel of land with the wages of his iniquity, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and all his insides spilled out. This became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem, so that the parcel of land was called in their language ‘Akeldama,’ that is, Field of Blood. For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his encampment become desolate, and may no one dwell in it.’ and:
‘May another take his office.’
Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from which Judas turned away to go to his own place.” Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.

Once I went to New Brunswick, the Province next to mine, and I had a healing Mass in one village. There were many people. One woman was there whom her doctor had told her that she needed a heart transplant. She did not want that and so she came to the Healing Mass to ask Jesus to heal her heart. I prayed with her that her heart be healed. Some days afterwards she went to see her doctor and he sent her to the hospital for tests. The result came back saying that she had a new heart. Her doctor could not believe that as she never told him that she had received a heart transplant. When he called her and talked with her, he found out that it was Jesus who healed her. She never had a heart transplant.

Below you will find the message of Our Blessed Mother given to Father Melvin. She spoke to him these words,

“I bless you My son Melvin and all My sons and daughters who have a great love for My Son Jesus and you follow Him every day. When I was with the Apostles in the upper room awaiting the Feast of Pentecost, the Apostles got together to find a replacement for Judas Iscariot who had betrayed My Son Jesus, his Savior. It was Saint Peter who called them all to decide on a successor. They needed one who had been with Jesus from His Baptism by St. John the Baptist until His Ascension and of course Pentecost. At the end they decided to choose Matthias and he was numbered among the Apostles. With Matthias they were twelve once more.
We spent nine days in the upper room praying and waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This group became the first Christian Community and it was in Jerusalem.
I call you all to be part of a community and to live as brothers and sisters and to pray together. I would be happy if you would pray the rosary together and go to Holy Mass as often as you could. I love you all.”

Father Melvin

P.S. We had a day of rain and sun on Friday. It especially rained hard for parts of the afternoon. We will have rain on Saturday but the sun should come out in the afternoon. Let us pray for all those who suffer.

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