October 25, 2014
Paul’s Love for Israel
A reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans 9, 1 – 5:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and separated from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kin according to the flesh. They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Messiah. God who is over all be blessed forever. Amen
I went three times to Israel and the first time I went there I stayed for three months. I followed a course on the New Testament in Jerusalem and I made a thirty-day retreat and it was in silence. I had the joy with all my friends to visit many parts of Israel especially dear to Jesus our Savior. I spent a week in Nazareth and visited all the places around. I visited every day the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth which is the most beautiful church in Israel. I visited Cana and drank wine there. I also spend a day in a boat on the Sea of Galilee and I went to other places too. In Jerusalem I stayed at Saint Anne’s Shrine where Our Blessed Mother was born. I went almost every day to the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, was buried and rose from the dead. I also climbed the Holy Mountain where Jesus was assumed into heaven. A great joy for me was to celebrate Holy Mass at the place of the crucifixion where Jesus died and at the tomb of Our Lord where the Resurrection took place. My retreat was very special indeed. I lived the Passion with Our Lord for two weeks during the retreat. I will never forget my stay in Israel.
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 believe with all your heart in My Son Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Yes He was born in Bethlehem in Israel for I was born in Israel and so I am a Jewess. This is my dear country where I learn all about God as My Creator and how much He loves us. I became very familiar with the Old Testament which is the Bible of the Jewish people. I was born in Jerusalem, very near the Temple and I went there often. My mother and father, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, were great believers and they are saints today. I was the one chosen by God the Father to become the Mother of His Son Jesus. The Father sent the Angel Gabriel to visit me and to announce that I would be the Mother of Jesus. I accepted this great gift and I became His Mother. My husband Joseph and I took care of Him as He grew up and when He began His public life I was still living but Joseph had died. I followed My Son and I was present during His Passion, the Way of the Cross and I was on the hill when He was nailed to the cross and where He died. He spoke to me just before He died telling me that I was the Mother of John the Apostles who stood for all of you. Please pray for the people of Israel that they will be converted and come to believe in My Son Jesus. He is their Savior too and He loves them all. I love you all My children.”
P.S. Today was a day of rain and it was cloudy the whole day.