Beads of Joy 07-09-10
The Glorious - Daily Walk 5/5
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Glorious Walk - 5/5
This has been a wonderful journey looking at all the mysteries from a completely different vantage point. Many more journeys like this to come. I really hope you have enjoyed this journey as much as I have. Today is the fifth Glorious Mystery - The Coronation (The Crowning of Mary). Another very spectacular very special mystery. Our Blessed Mother represents for us a person who we are all in need of: That special person who is bold and strong in their faith for us to look up to for inspiration and conviction. I have many very special people like that who meet those qualities in my life. Some I have known my entire life, others are recent to my inner circle of connection. Many of you reading this have been such an inspiration to me. You know who you are, and there are many of you I am getting closer to little by little building a solid long lasting friendship with, beyond the keyboard and the unspoken words. I want to mention names but I don't want to leave anyone out, so I won't. We will further our conversation in time.
So this mystery wants us to reflect on the relationships we have or so desire to have. This friendships in my opinion should reflect the very relationship we have with our Blessed Mother. I believe in having a very large network of fellow believers. Our unity in prayer and belief build strength in the body of believers for us individually and worldwide. This is best summed up of cause in scripture, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:3-5. And here's another scripture to reflect upon, "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power." Ephesians 3:6-7. Scripture is truly one of the greatest gifts God has given us, along with fellowship.
Remember Mary is our advocate, she is there on behalf of all of us. That is an incredible role, and it's not for everybody. And many can not fill such a unique role in our lives; that is why no matter how many brothers and sisters in Christ we have, we must also turn to Mary for encouragement and insight and intercessory prayer. We can't forget we also have the saints to turn to. But Mary was the closest to Jesus, and she draws us ever so much closer to Jesus through her prayers to Him for us. So entrust your prayers to her while praising her Son. The Rosary is one of the greatest weapons against evil that we can use to praise Jesus and ask His most precious Mother to pray for us with. A wonderful simple favorite verse of mine is, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2.
Another way of looking at all this is: How can we be that person to another in their lives? So many of you already do a fantastic job, but I believe key to that is a need to be a prayerful person who fully trusts in Jesus beyond the words. When they pray, "Jesus, I trust in You" they mean it and they live it. Someone who lives the gospel on a daily basis means so much to us personally. What a fantastic conviction for us to witness. There are many living saints amongst us, some endure great pain and suffering as they go through this life; while they spend there life praying for everyone else. Others have much wisdom to share and put everyone of us before themselves and still others live such a giving selfless life you can't help but want to be more like them; because your heart knows they are so much like Jesus in this life. Always pray and always be thankful for everything. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6. Scripture has so many wonderful things to say about prayer. Sink into the pages of the bible and allow those wonderful words to be part of you, and the life you are living. Nothing in this life means anything compared to how important it is for us to love, share and praise Jesus.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO