To open the meeting, Scripture Reading Luke 6:46-49 - ""Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and yet don't do what I tell you?" This passage really spoke to Valerie as she meditated this morning. She said that as we keep reading, Jesus is calling all of us to come to him, to listen to his words and act on them; that is building our life on a solid rock. Also, the Communion Antiphon from today's Mass: "Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord; and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him."
Prophecy/Vision: I heard the words, "My name." And then I saw a woman, like the women who were around Jesus, a woman disciple. And then I heard, "My name is given to you. Use my name in your discipleship. Be my disciples. I formed you, I feed you, my angels. Like the disciples who came to see me crucified, who stood by my cross." And my sense is that he died for our sins. That's what I heard: he died on the cross for you. Then I saw Jesus and he's waiting. He's waiting for your response. Then I heard, "Come, my love, come." He said, "Remember me." Then he showed me, I didn't understand at first what it was, but then I remembered what our teaching is tonight. It was kind of like he was showing me sort of a sexual sin. And he said, "Remember me in every sin. Remember me. Feed my children."
Scripture Reading Romans 8/Prophecy - "There is no condemnation now for those who live in union with Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit, which brings us life in the name of Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death." So while worshipping, I got a message that we should trust God, that we should put our trust more in him, especially with all the things going on we shouldn't lose faith. And the enemy's plan is to always put thoughts in our minds that we're not good enough, we're not worthy, we're not valuable. We should always remember God and we should always seek God's favor, just trust him more each day, always meditate on the Word of God.
Scripture Reading Psalm 81:1-3 - "Shout for joy to honour God our strength, shout to acclaim the God of Jacob! Start the music, sound the drum, the melodious lyre and the harp; sound the New Moon trumpet, at the full moon, on our feast day!"
Prophecy: "My children, my people are crying out to me. They're crying out of desperation, out of fear, out of confusion. They're crying out because they're unloved, they are alone and they are unsure of uncertain times. You, my children, I have called you here tonight because I want to reassure you that I have not abandoned you, nor have I abandoned my people around the world. I am there in the midst of it all. I am molding and I am transforming and I desire that all should know my love for them. I desire that they should all be healed and made whole. My children, do not fear when darkness comes your way because in the midst of that darkness, that's when I can do my greatest work because when you surrender that darkness to me, I have the power to transform it into light. Know, my children, that I am the light and know that I desire that this light shine in you, that my people may come to know how much I love them and how much I desire to save them."
During Mass this evening, I had the sense that God was saying not only does it grieve him when we sin, but also when we don't remember every single day of our lives his sacrifice of love for us; our ingratitude towards him and our lack of remembrance and everything we do, that grieves him as much as our sins do.
Scripture Reading Ephesians 2: 22 - "In Christ the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God."
Confirmation of third prophecy/ Scripture Reading John 1:1-6 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being; not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and darkness could not overpower it."
Scripture Reading Proverbs 22:4 - The Lord is reminding us that we need to be humble. "By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life."
Prophecy: "Come, come. I still embrace you. I still want to be so close to you each and every day. I come because I love you. You are so precious to me. Come, spend time, rest in me, come. Give your all to me because I've given my all to you. I ask for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom each day so that you may follow me even closer because I am as close as your next breath, as your last breath. I am with you in here and now and always want to be with you. My dearest flowers, my dearest children, come, come. Always remember to come because I am with you. Come, come. I always love you. You are never too far away for me to hear you. You're never too far away for me to reach out to you, my dearest children. Come, come. How much I want to keep embracing you, keep loving you. So, please keep coming, keep coming, my dearest children, keep coming because I'm waiting to hear you respond. My dearest children, come, come."
Confirmation: I just want to confirm the reading about the "temple of God". The reason is because Jesus at Mass today really, really showed me that, after taking the Eucharist, how close he is with us and how much we are the temple of God. We need to be ready to receive him and that means we have to be in a state of grace.
Scripture Reading Psalm 22:23 - "Praise him, all you servants of the Lord, all of you, descendants of Jacob, worship him, you people of Israel. He does not neglect the poor nor ignore the sufferings. He does not turn away from them, but answers when they call for help."
Scripture Reading Isaiah 30:18 - I feel that the Lord wants to just love us, wants us to know that he is with us. "But Yahweh is waiting to be gracious to you, to rise and take pity on you, for Yahweh is a just God; happy are all who hope in him."
Homily given by Fr. Dave last Sunday - Love is not a feeling. It's willing the good of the other. It's doing something that is in their best interest. It's a decision. What feelings did Jesus have hanging on the cross? Love means sometimes actions against our feelings. Jesus gives us the strength to do this. Re what Pope said in a documentary about his life: the statement has no weight in Catholic moral teaching. It's an offhand comment in a movie. For the pope to speak with authority, there are certain phrases and ways he has to speak with councils, for that to have the weight of teaching. And maybe they're quoting him out of context. If that's the full quote, that's the wrong choice. We don't throw anyone out of our family. We don't shun them or say, "You're dead to me." God doesn't cut us off. If he did, Jesus would never talk to prostitutes, etc. If we follow him, we cut no one off. Jesus never taught to throw people away and cut them away from the family. So, we don't do that. We try to help them. What did Jesus say? We avoid the near occasion of sin. We do what is in the best interest of the other. We have a cross and Jesus gives us the strength to do it. Commandments are for us.
Richard - I had three different health things that came up in the last, little over a month. I was concerned about some of these things and I was feeling kind of in the dumps over it. They speeded things up for me to get things checked out. The other day, I felt in the morning when I said, "Good morning, Jesus," he said to me, "How are you feeling today?" That day, I got an unexpected call from a doctor to come in for a test right away. It was supposed to be on November 17th. So, I went in there and it was an item that I was afraid of cancer, actually. He did some tests and he said, "You're all clear. Nothing there." Also, I've been having problems, I stop breathing about 150 times a night. I have this machine that shows me how many times I stop breathing. They called me that same day and said, "We've got a different machine here for you to try out for a month and see if that helps you with your breathing." Took the machine last night and my readings were almost normal. So that was the second praise report. The third one, I'm still waiting for a scope down my throat to find out what's wrong with my voice. So, two out of three but I thank the Lord very much because it really boosted me up in my faith when I saw, when I thought maybe God was on vacation, but he wasn't. He was there all the time. Praise God!