Beads of Joy 11-19-09
The Things That Make For Peace
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Today’s gospel Luke 19:41-44 (The Lament for Jerusalem) is about Jesus weeping over the sins of a city. The more your spirit and your life are drawn to be closer with Jesus the more you sense sin around you. Mourning and weeping over someone else’s sin’s and unfaithfulness towards God; will have you desire to pray for them, and do all you can to help lead them ever closer to our Lord. By doing that you are led to a more true peace and love and compassion for your neighbor and for those you may not particularly care for. Drawing others to our Savior is in our nature once our lives have been transformed, because we know first hand how magnificent God’s love and mercy is in our own lives.
In this gospel, Jesus visits His people. Whenever He visits His people He comes in peace and He wants to set them free from their sins. There is so much evil in the world, we all know that. We need God in our lives to both judge us and cleanse us. He comes to set us free from satan who has entangled all kinds of fear in our lives and satan also traps us into a selfish pride that sometimes makes us slide even faster down the sinful path. We must stay focused on Him, and allow Him to do His will through us.
It was through the death and resurrection of our dear Lord that the walls of hostility and division towards God, through the sacrament of confession that allow us to be closer with God. It was Jesus who gave us the Holy Spirit to help us, to guide us, to purify us, to help make us holy before the Father. We must remember that God is alive inside us through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are so fortunate, so loved, so blessed that through our Lord’s death on the cross, He has united us to be forever present with His Father.
Here’s a challenge we need to consider: When we accept God’s grace and mercy and love, do we seriously turn away from that sin and walk towards God’s direction to be closer and more at one with Him? Or do we promise to, and then deep inside our hearts allow the trickery of satan to convince us that we can ask for forgiveness anytime, so sin isn’t that bad. What a ruthless vicious trick to keep our spirit in shame before God, as much as possible. We must stop this cycle of spiritual suicide and stay true to God. He alone will save us from our sins and an eternity of endless pain and fire.
I am hoping that your hearts are drawn to Jesus even more.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr, SFO