Hymn lyric, Alone With None But Thee - "Alone with none, but thee, my God; alone with none, but Thee, my God. We journey on our way; we journey on our way. What need we fear; what need we fear when Thou are near; when Thou art near, O King of night and day, O King of night and day."
Prophecy/Vision - "Shepherd my people, remember my name. You must speak more to my people." And then I saw this really close image of Jesus, showing me that when you speak to people, he's there; he's with you, and to know that when you are speaking, he's speaking through you, and not to fear because he is there with you, speaking through you in ways that you would not even know. So, to not be afraid and to speak to his people."
Scripture Reading Psalm 111:1-8 - "I give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart where the virtuous meet and the people assemble. The works of Yahweh are sublime, those who delight in them are right to fix their eyes on them. Every work that he does is full of glory and majesty, and his righteousness can never change. He allows us to commemorate his marvels. Yahweh is merciful and tenderhearted, he provides food for those who fear him; he never forgets his covenant. He reminds his people of the power that he wields by giving them the inheritance of the nations. All that he does is done in faithfulness and justice, in all ways his precepts are dependable, ordained to last for ever and ever.
Scripture Reading Psalm 89:15-18 - "How happy are the people who worship you with songs, who live in the light of your kindness. Because of you, they rejoice all day long, and they praise you for your goodness. You gave us your victories. In your love, you make us triumphant. You, O Lord, chose our protector. You, the Holy God of Israel, give us our king ?? fruitful."
Scripture Reading Psalm 125:1-2, God Protects His Faithful - "Those who trust in Yahweh are like Mount Zion, unshakeable, standing for ever. Jerusalem! Encircled by mountains, as Yahweh encircles his people now and for always."
Prophecy - "Have I told you lately, my little ones, how much I love you; how deeply I care for you? You are so precious to me, every one of you, each one of you, individually and collectively. I am with you tonight like never before. Why, you ask. Because, my little ones, you are my chosen ones and I do need you to speak out boldly. I need you to let me use you. My little ones, you have nothing to fear. I have filled you with my Spirit. I have given you more than you need. Trust me. Speak out. Speak the truth. My people are confused. They have been deceived. They have heard nothing but lies. Speak the truth. I need you, my little ones. You have no idea how much I need you. You are my hands and my feet, and you are my mouthpiece. Go, my little ones, go where I send you. Say everything that I put in your heart. Speak boldly. I am well pleased with you. I expect nothing more than what I have given you. I bless you, my little ones, my chosen ones."
Confirmation - What's been coming to me that we are supposed to speak out to others, just even by showing our love for them. Just a simple little thing can do so much to some people who really are not following the Lord. You can speak out by doing something to help them, like an elderly person, and that can really touch their heart and that's witnessing to them as well. So, yes, speak out.
That's actually the message our pastor gave last Sunday. It's as we receive God's word, we share it with others in so many different ways.
Word of Knowledge shared after the teaching - After the praise and worship, I kept getting this word in my head, "Eternity, eternity." I just didn't get the time to share it but the Lord was pleased with those of us who were in this prayer group and making time for him. Eternity is a long time; it's forever. We were in fact, if we continue in this fashion, we are on the right track. By you, Father, sharing what you did, giving that added dimension that we have to try, as long as we are on earth, to increase the numbers that will also enter into eternity some day.
Fr. Michael Krochak spoke on "Compassion". He asked what are our thoughts, opinions of someone who goes on a shooting spree in a school or a business, or the ones who were responsible for 9/11, etc. The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector - "God, I thank you that I'm not like those other people, thieves, rogues, adulterers, and even like that tax collector. The passage in John's Gospel where we read, "Let anyone among us who is without sin be the first to throw a stone." We need to be careful with regard to self-righteousness. When we think of the 10 Commandments, is murder more serious than skipping Mass on Sunday, etc.? St. Paul tells us, "I'm convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus." God loves us because it's his nature to love. He loves us so much that before he ascended back into heaven, he didn't want to leave us orphans so he instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist so he could remain with us in a mystical way. His love is unconditional. In Matthew, we read, "He makes the sun to shine on evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." In another Scripture passage, Jesus went ashore and saw a great crowd and he had compassion for them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. Fr. Michael shared an experience he had. He woke up at 1 a.m. and was prompted to get up and pray. As he began to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, he asked the Lord to teach him to love. He wanted to love as he loves. He answered Fr. Michael, "I love you by giving my life for you so that you may have eternal life. Are you prepared to give so that others may be saved and have life?" A feeling of compassion for all those who don't know Christ, for those who have been led away by the evil one, and a deep desire to help them find their way back to the light of Christ came over Fr. Michael. He felt the Lord asking him, "Will you help me? So many have lost their way. Will you pray for them? Not that they be punished for the evil that they do, they do that to me, but pray and intercede that they may be rescued, that they may be saved from the lifestyle in which they were caught, so that the Good Shepherd may lead them home to safety." And Fr. Michael now senses, since that time, a strong call to intercede especially for our bishops and priests that they may come to know the Lord Jesus in a more personal way; that they may come to him in adoration in the Sacrament of the Eucharist and rededicate their lives to making the Word of God come alive in their preaching. Serving God is what we allow God to do through us, big or small. "I am only a pencil in the hands of the Lord." When we pray for conversions, we may never see results of our prayer. We are never to give up. We will never know how many death-bed conversions there are. Hope, trust and believe in God's loving mercy. He wants each soul to be saved. He loves each one of them with the same love as he has for us. Story - A man was driving to work one morning when he noticed a young girl on a street corner, poorly dressed, looking sad, lonely and hungry. The man prayed, "Lord, don't you see that girl; why don't you do something?" And he continued on his way, never giving it another thought. Later that day as he was driving home, the man heard a voice, "I did do something about it. I created you."
Barb shared last week that she felt called to pray for her nephew's mother-in-law. I think that little miracle did happen because she did start recovering and the doctors are very surprised at how well, like transformed in a day. I think she's expected to go home soon. Thank you for your prayers.