Beads of Joy 10-17-11
Our Daily Walk - Sorrowful 1/5
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Sorrowful Walk - 1/5
This week we are going to take a long hard look at the Sorrowful Mysteries. Let us see how each of us in our own lives experience different aspects of each of these mysteries. The Rosary is a prayer that is all based on scripture; and if we really take the time, like we have been through these mysteries, we can seriously see how they come to life in our own lives. In today's reflection, we are looking upon the first Sorrowful Mystery - The Agony in The Garden. This one is so relate-able to so many of us. Just look at it this way: long nights of overwhelming fears and worries and at times even doubt of its outcome. That sums up my last couple weeks, and I know personally a few of you who also experience that on a personal level with your own health concerns. And I ask myself: Where is Jesus' dear Blessed Mother on this last night before His condemnation? Did she not know her Son was in danger? Did Jesus keep this from her, to protect her from being in harms way of danger when He would be taken into custody? I just have so many thoughts surrounding this particular mystery.
A long night with a heavy heart, I just know we have all been at this point in our lives. So many can relate this to: sitting up with a sick child whose fever keeps rocking back and forth; and you monitor and watch it through the night in case it hits dangerous territory. I've been there. How about sitting with a parent, an aunt or an uncle, a niece or a nephew, or even a dear close good long time friend; taking the time to be the best bedside medic you can possibly be; telling them "I'm here for you, if you need anything, I am only an arms reach away." The agony on nights like this is indeed heart wrenching. I can so relate to wanting to help, but at times feel so helpless. But at the same time what a special blessing we have become for one another. And what about the test Jesus was given? Have we ever been there with a choice to make, and knowing the truth, we already knew the answer, yet we still questioned it, then we realized what we were thinking and then followed the right way through the challenge? Just a thought.
Jesus dealt with temptation just like you and I do. Obviously He had the ability and knowledge to sense and know it much better than we can; so in His rebuke and rejection He was strong against the temptation. A true night of "wills" fighting against one another. Do you ever feel that way in the middle of the night? Thinking that maybe you can do "something" and somehow God will see it as ok, if you can somehow make it Godly. Long nights of contemplation about a place you know you shouldn't go, a drug you know you shouldn't take. Allow Jesus to help keep you on track, to help keep you continually focused on Him. You do realize that that is indeed the entire answer and secret as to: How do we avoid, ignore and inevitably have nothing to do with sin when we know for a fact that "that" is sin. Again so many can relate, but in all different aspects of this thought. That particular place maybe fine for the average person; but you know for a fact that you are weak there and may fall into temptation. Do you then put yourself in harms way of sin? Of cause not, NO.
In this mystery, we like Jesus must rely on God's Word for the strength we will need to get through certain situations. Our wills and our faith will be tested our entire life. In the beginning as you start off loving Jesus and you will find out that your guard is down. We have to know how to hold our own feet to the fire, and to be prepared in case of alterations; we must make sure to some degree we will do our best to avoid it. The Holy Spirit is the best helper for us. Trust in God's choice when He placed in each of us a Spirit, the Spirit of Truth that will guide us ever so much closer to our Lord and ever further away from sins and our weaknesses. Pretty interesting concept, but a truth we can learn by and gain by. This has been a fun walk. Sometimes we can find the positiveness and joy even in sorrow.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple