Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jesus said: “My people, the healing of Bartimeus (Mark 10:46-52) of his blindness came out of My compassion for him to see again. I could see he had great faith in calling Me the ‘Son of David’. He knew in his heart that I could heal him. Not only did I heal him of his sight, but I also healed his soul when I said: ‘Go thy way, thy faith has saved thee.’ It is this faith that people believe in Me that they can be healed, that will heal some people of both physical and spiritual blindness. I am the Light of Truth for all people, and My Light dispels the darkness of evil and allows people to see with the eyes of faith. As you meditate on how difficult it is to be without your sight, your heart also goes out to want help for all of those who are blind or are losing their sight. You have gifts of all of your five senses, but when one is in danger of being lost, only then do you realize the blessings that you received, but did not appreciate them. Give thanks to Me that you have the gift of sight, and pray for all of those who have difficulty with diseases of the eyes, or have deteriorating eyesight. See My Light in your life and keep the faith.”
Prayer Group:
Jesus said: “My people, you marvel every spring how the flowers are giving glory to Me in all of their splendor. The colors and breath taking beauty is a part of My creation which really needs to be experienced to fully appreciate My gifts in the varieties of flowers, bushes, and trees. When you look at a flower closely, you can see that its purpose is to be beautiful in the eyes of the beholder. So it is with My faithful that you are created to give your gifts to Me and your neighbor for My greater glory. You all have loving and smiling faces as well as loving hearts to offer in My service. The beauty of My souls far surpasses the beauty of these flowers which are gone tomorrow.”
Jesus said: “My people, you are always trying to clean up your houses and discard the garbage and refuse from your daily life. Look how much this piles up when the garbage men go on strike. Your sins can be seen also as being collected in a spiritual bin of your soul. At times you have to empty these sins by coming to Me in Confession. If you fail to come often, think of how much stench will collect in your soul if you stay away from Confession for many years. Be joyful in coming to Me in Confession so your soul can be white and beautiful again with My graces.”
Jesus said: “My people, some do not want to hear the priest asking for money in the collection, but the people need to know the status of the church’s finances. There also are separate appeals for various second collections to share with poorer parishes or with missionary efforts of those in the world suffering from natural disasters. The days of giving only a few dollars is not going to pay the bills. I have suggested tithing to your charities with My Church being your largest responsibility. Think of your donations as a sharing of your labors and sharing My gifts of your income. Your pastors are depending on your faithful contributions to keep your parish church viable and strong. So do not complain with these requests for your donations, but be a cheerful giver.”
Jesus said: “My people, you have been seeing all of the damage occurring from your earthquakes, floods, fires, and tornadoes in your country. Many are losing their homes and work places from this destruction, and there are ways that you could help support these people. There are also the major disasters in China and Myanmar that need your assistance as well. There are many deserving charities that are needed most to help people with the necessities of life.”
Jesus said: “My people, I know that you spend your money wisely in most things. If you can spend a considerable amount of money on luxury things beyond your bills, then you should also be able to spend a like amount on your charities. Do not short change helping your church and your neighbor for your own selfish desires. Be able to balance your budget by spending a fair share of this extra money for your charities.”
Jesus said: “My people, it is one thing to share your money with charities, but there is another gift of time that I have given you that also can be shared as well. Many of your family and friends need extra prayers or physical help in good deeds. Be open to share your time just as generously as you share your money. When you pray for someone, it is something that comes from the heart out of love for Me and your neighbor. Contribute your time for people’s need voluntarily without being asked or forced. In the end you will see great rewards in heaven, and those that you help will be open to help you in your need.”
Jesus said: “My people, I have been talking about My many gifts to you in your income, time, and blessings. In addition to sharing some of these gifts with others, you also could be praying prayers of thanksgiving to Me for all that I have given you. I give you many spiritual gifts as well that also should be a part of your prayers of thanksgiving. When a prayer has been answered, or a special blessing is granted, you should also remember to thank Me in prayer. Remember the one man of ten lepers that I healed of leprosy who returned to thank Me. Be that one person every time that you are blessed or healed.”