Good Morning Disciples of Jesus Christ. Our Spiritual Director has asked me to focus on St. Paul the Apostle because that is who we are trying to emulate as we move deeper into the birth pangs and are bringing others to Jesus Christ. Also, Our Lord has asked us to make this blog like His Church. If we remember the early Church with the Apostles, they were also dealing with Persecution, an exorbitant amount of Sin amongst unbelievers, and just simply those that never knew the Love of God Our Father. Jesus was not only sent by God Our Father to save us from Our Sins, but also to show us the Love of Our Heavenly Father. So, as we study St. Paul today, we are focusing on God’s Word of what our role is as His Disciples and how We Serve Jesus like St. Paul did in the early Church. We are also striving to be like the Church of Philadelphia that we have written about in a previous post while studying the Book of Revelation. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A7%2D13&version=NIV
Here is the paragraph we wrote on the Church of Philadelphia that is mentioned in the Book of Revelation, In the Letter To The Seven Churches. Letter to the Church of Philadelphia, Jesus is saying this is the Church, the light, the righteous children of God, that have kept His Word and never has denied His Name. My own discernment from the Holy Spirit is that this Church is the Remnant. If you read Revelations 3:10, “Because you have kept my message of endurance, I will keep you safe in the time of trial that is going to come to the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown.” This is where We, Disciples of Christ, must strive to be. These are the followers of Christ that will be protected in the refuge because we withstood the time of trial to the whole world, (War, Famine, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, etc..) and continued to have Faith and Trust in Jesus and never abandoned Him. We will also continue to spread His gospel until we enter the refuge for the salvation of souls.
We also want to be the Faithful that Jesus described to Saint Faustina that His Divine Mercy will pour out upon during the Illumination of Conscience! Because when the Second Pentecost comes after the Warning, or Illumination of Conscience, We want to be the Faithful that Our Lord is describing to Saint Faustina! Here is the post we wrote about how special the Divine Mercy of Jesus is for His Disciples, https://liveandloveforjesus.com/2020/04/17/getting-ready-for-divine-mercy-sunday-what-is-the-divine-mercy-of-jesus-that-saint-faustina-and-saint-john-paul-ii-was-preparing-us-for-also-father-mark-goring-on-the-illumination-of-conscience/.
Why is it important that we meet all of these categories? Because, we are going to be under more duress than St. Paul was when he was evading Persecution. Yes, he was under duress because he knew they were trying to kill him, and they were trying to Kill and persecute him, but God is preparing us for more than Persecution. God is preparing us for simultaneous cataclysmic weather events, civil and racial unrest, food shortages, economic collapse and a world full of scared, angry and proud people, who don’t know Jesus or the Heavenly Father’s Love. So, we will study St. Paul today and ask Jesus to fill us with the graces that we will need to be the Remnant of His Church. Jesus told us he would fill us with these gifts in John 14:12-13, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father will be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
Thus, the Father is always glorified in everything we do, just as St. Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+3:5-9&version=NIV. So, we are the planters of the seed of the Word of God, and we help water it, but the Holy Spirit is the one that cultivates that growth in Jesus Christ. We as the Remnant Church for Our Lord will be the field and the building that people will seek to run to looking for Jesus after the Warning. We will guide them to Jesus now and after the Warning because People will be looking for God and will not know how to find Him. When we all will be under duress like we are starting to feel now, we know that God is our only Hope and we have to be the Disciples that plant that seed of Hope in Jesus Christ.
Also, looking at 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20corinthians%203:11-15&version=NIV. St. Peter is telling us that if we are not building upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ, which means all of His written Word in the Bible, then it will come to light by Jesus Himself and tested. Disciples, these are the times of that testing! These are the times that if we are not teaching all of God’s Word, which includes Divine Mercy and Divine Justice, our works will be burned up through the fire! People have to know that Sin will knock them out of the Kingdom! God will forgive all Sins, but We must repent with a Contrite heart and humble ourselves before Him. This will be the Divine Mercy of Our Lord when He is forgiving hundreds of thousands, if not millions after the Warning when they seek that repentance through Confession! People must know that they have to repent and go to Confession, and we have to be the Disciples that will guide them to do that both now and after the Warning. These are the works we are being tested on right now by Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Lastly, as we study what St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20corinthians%204:1-5&version=ESV. We understand what St. Paul is saying is that when we go out to plant our seeds for Our Lord, don’t worry about being judged. We will be judged by others who don’t truly know Jesus because that is what happens to all Disciples who speak for the Lord. But, this should not concern us, because we should only care about what God thinks. Nothing else matters, except what Our Lord thinks of us! Also, we should not be judging others in our Church, because it is not our place. In fact, not only is it God’s place to judge, but it is what the devil wants us to do because he knows Jesus hates it when we judge others. We have to learn from St. Paul that we can’t allow anything to remove our Peace from Jesus. We can’t worry about being judged by others, and we can’t worry about others not doing enough for Our Church. We should just focus on what We need to do for the Blessed Trinity in these times. I also struggle with getting angry at the events happening, but then Jesus reminds me to give it to Him and just pray for all of those that are coming against Him. Jesus wants us to focus on Him and our Spiritual growth in Him right now. Because we can’t control the events around us, but He can. So, we are better use to Him as Faithful Servants to Pray and assist in bringing as many Souls to Him as possible through Love, Compassion, and Peace. If we are assisting Jesus in keeping someone from tearing down a Saint Statue or a Statue of Our Blessed Mother, or an attack on one of Our Churches, then We have to do it with Peace, and no anger in our hearts. We must have the Holy Spirit with us to keep us in the Peace of Jesus Christ so that we can spread that Peace to others.
Emmanuel – “God is with Us.” Jesus, We Trust in You. Have a blessed day.