Virgin of Vladimir (+ image by the hand of Stephen Allison 2008)

Sunday, 6 May 2018

offer your bodies as a living sacrifice

Notes of meeting on 1 May 2018

Picture of Our Lord walking along a riverbank, there were many people including us following Him. He sat us down and showed us the holes in His hands and feet; then he showed us His side.
"Truly this is the gauge of My love for you, each one of you.
You may not be called on to lay down your life but if you love Me you will emulate Me in sacrificing your body, mind and spirit and conforming to My Will, My Spirit and My Mind and yes in a few cases your body also.
In your secret soul dwells the Father and you maybe sure that no one can take Him from you. When you pray, instantly the Father joins Himself to you and all the merits of My Love and of all Heaven's actions are at your side.
Please know that your Mother who has formed you in My Will to help in her salvific work with lost souls continues to lead you on to the Father, the Spirit and yes to Me your Jesus.
She who is Queen of Heaven embellishes and grows your endeavours for the Glory of God to hep your brothers and sisters who are lost but must be found.
My dear ones the race is yet to be won but the finishing post can be seen, stay close to our Mother. Your Jesus."

Romans 12
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.  2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Humble service in the body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.  4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,  5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love in action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.  11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.  12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practise hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.  20 On the contrary:
‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Joel 2: 12-13
12 ‘Even now,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting and weeping and mourning.’

13 Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.