Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010:
Jesus said: “My people, when the rich young man asked what must he do to gain eternal life, I mentioned how he could keep My Commandments. (Matt. 19:16-28) When the man claimed that he had kept them since his youth, then I asked him to sell what he had and give it to the poor. Since this man had many possessions, he went away sad because he did not want to give them up for the poor. Even the rich of today are reluctant to give away their wealth. They may give some away for a tax deduction rather than in the spirit of truly sharing their wealth. Even My apostles questioned Me when I said that it was easier for a camel to pass through a four foot high ‘eye of a needle’ than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven. For man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. To give up all of your wealth to the poor may seem impractical, but it also means that you would rather trust in Me for your needs than just on your own efforts. Sharing at least ten percent of your income is more practical, but even a good number do not want to do this to deny their comforts and pleasures. Those, who do tithe their income, will find treasure in heaven which will go well with them at their judgment.”

(Amanda’s Confirmation, granddaughter) Jesus said: “My people, you just celebrated Pentecost and now you are at a Confirmation. This vision of a room with tongues of fire over everyone is how the Holy Spirit came to My apostles and disciples. These confirmands have received the Holy Spirit and all of His seven gifts. These gifts have now moved these young adults into the next level of their spiritual growth. The sponsors now are spiritually responsible for their confirmand, and they need to help their charges in learning their faith and encourage them to grow in their faith. Sponsors are not just a polite gesture, but they have a serious mission to watch over their young person. The new confirmands, by their Baptism and Confirmation, are now given a new mission as part of the faith community to reach out and save souls wherever they are-in their homes, their schools, or their future workplaces. These gifts of the Holy Spirit enabled My apostles to go out to all the nations and preach My Word of love. These same gifts will also inspire all of those confirmed today. Encourage these newly confirmed youth to imitate their teachers in spreading My Gospel.”