January 29, 2015
The Mission of the Twelve
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke 9, 1 – 6:
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases; and he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever home you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good new and curing diseases everywhere.
Today Wednesday was the day to dig out from the snow. I had a big snowbank right at my back door. The tractor came this afternoon with a snowblower and cleaned it all up. I went to Tignish this afternoon and I saw the cuttings along the road. In some place the snow is piled up three or four meters high. We had a very big snowstorm but thank God it is gone. I was worried that I would run out of heating oil to heat my house but praise the Lord it lasted until today and they just came to fill the tank. I thank the Lord.
Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words,
“You all have a mission My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who believe in Me. After being with the Apostles for a while, then I gave them their mission. I sent them to go and visit the villages and towns in the area. I gave them special gifts and one of them was to chase away the demons and another gift was to heal the sick. I sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God which was coming in their midst very soon. You know that I am the founder of the Kingdom of God and I am in charge of the Kingdom. I told them what to do when they came to a house and they stayed there. If they were not welcomed in a place they were to go out and shake the dust from their feet as a testimony against them. After I had instructed them, they left and went from village to village proclaiming the Kingdom, chasing evil spirits and healing the sick.
All the priests have the same gifts that I gave to the Apostles. They too should go out and proclaim the good news and to heal the sick and to chase away the evil spirits. All My followers have gifts too. They can teach the people about My Church and what the Church is teaching. Teach them about the sacraments especially the sacrament of reconciliation and the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The lay people too can pray over the sick. However, do not try to chase the evil spirits as they could enter you. I bless you all and I give you all the graces you need.”