Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jesus - Heart of Love

Beads of Joy 05-20-10

Jesus - Heart of Love
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO

Heart of Jesus 4/5
Hello Everyone,

This makes a whole lot of sense, right, a heart of love. A heart that finds itself in love with Jesus, His Mother, and Almighty God; now that is indeed a heart of love. Can we have a heart like God and love like He does? "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16, that verse so many of us know, even those who don't know scripture have heard that verse. There is no doubt that our love must be sincere, meaningful and unconditional to God, to Jesus, to His Blessed Mother and to our neighbors. How is it that we can find that love inside ourselves and maintain that love? I believe the key to really loving (Godly love) someone is two-fold. We must first love ourselves enough to fully love our neighbors and then we must love God. "He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27.

Let's take a moment and reflect on our life and really see how much we do love God, His Son and Our Blessed Mother. What I am going to do is list a couple questions and thoughts here. Take the time to reflect upon your own personal self and how you might answer them. Some might have you wondering just how much you should really be thinking about God. One key thought to all is: Our lives must be built around Jesus and prayer time, not the other way around. He must be first in everything.

>Can you imagine your life without God and Jesus?
>Does your heart beat extra hard when you think about them?
>Would you risk your own pride to defend them?
>Are your thoughts always keeping you thinking about them?
>Does everything you do remind you of them in your life?
>When you go to Mass do you feel like Jesus is embracing you?
>At confession do you feel so good and happy that you cry?

Can we consider the possibility of changing what it is we do, that keeps us from staying focused on Jesus. There is nothing in this world that could possibly be more important than staying focused on God. For Jesus is the way, just look at scripture to better understand how important it is for us to stay focused on Jesus. "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. No one, that's right He said no one. It couldn't more clearer than that. So it is critical for us not to lose sight of what matters.

Our heart of love is what will open our mind and soul to love and embrace Jesus holding nothing back. He's not an historical figure we read about in the bible. The Holy Trinity is GOD, the three are one. Let us love as God has loved. Let us seriously consider what matters in this life. Do you realize how many times scripture speaks of love, depending upon your translation it could be almost 700 times. Check some of these verses out.

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Romans 5:5

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO