Beads of Joy 12-10-09
No One Greater Than John
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Today's gospel is Matthew 11:11-15 (Jesus' Testimony to John). This is so exciting how Jesus praised John the Baptist as being one of the greatest ever born; yet without skipping a beat directly after saying that Jesus said, "yet he who is least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than he." We must really understand the significance of who John the Baptist is; not only being the one who pointed all of us towards Jesus, but for John's martyrdom in order to fulfill the promise of Elijah.
Even in today's times some have been called to be martyrs for our faith and love for Jesus. We must not fear death, nothing in this life, or in this world can take Jesus from us, unless we allow it. If we hold strong and never give in, even if they take all we have including our life; even with all that power from the evil that is in this world, they still have no power to take Jesus from us. They (meaning those who hate us for our love for Jesus) can do no harm to us, even if they teared apart our bodies and burned them. We'd still possess Jesus for all eternity in our heart and soul. That is so exciting, I feel so blessed knowing that.
In our lives today are we like John the Baptist, eager to witness to others the joy and freedom we have found in Jesus? Do we really fully trust in Him? Our faith not only should be rooted in knowing where we are going at the end of this life; but it should be rooted in what we are expected to do and experience in this life. Jesus never promised us that it would all be rosy, peachy, time to celebrate fun experience following Him. We to must bear our own daily cross in choosing to follow Him. Think of it like this, we must over come our fear with faith, it is through Jesus that we will overcome any trial or challenge that puts our faith in question.
Let us never allow the evil one to direct our lives, our hearts, and our mind to stray away from our Lord. Jesus already faught the fight for us, He already won the war. All we must do is follow Him to our own victory at our death, and be a good and faithful servant, so that we to can be united with Him in Heaven. We will al rejoice when that day comes, let us not lose heart now in the daily battles we all face against the evil we know in the end is defeated.
Trust in our Lady to draw you close to her Son.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO