Beads of Joy 11-23-10
Do Not Be Led Astray
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
How serious are you seeking out God's will in your life? Are you spending all of your life going after Him? Or do figure, well, whatever, if I find out great, and if I don't, oh well. Please don't be the person who don't really care. Devote your life praising Him and worshiping Him and loving Him. In His grace and mercy and all the trials you will face, little by little you will better understand God's will for you in your life. Today's gospel is as wonderful as it always is Luke 21:1-4 (Destruction of The Temple Foretold). Today's gospel in essence warns us of the judgment to come, and the dire consequences if we refuse Him and reject Jesus. In today's reflection I feel led to help direct you to live a 24/7/365 life for Jesus, like I do. To me, "All is Jesus, if not, then all is nothing." What is our point and purpose here? Obviously to make sure we make it to Heaven. And if you don't think that is something we must consider each day, you should. We only get one chance to travel through this life and to give our allegiance to our Lord. If we fail at that simple task, then indeed we shall fail for all eternity.
Take a moment and think about what this life is about. It will only take a moment, that's how non purposefully this life is, unless it's all about Jesus. If your goal is to own a big house, a bunch fancy cars and have a whole lot of money because you are worried about maintaining your "status" or "pride"; then what I have to say will mean nothing to you. You know it's a two way street, those people who place all their hopes, dreams and goals on the world, don't usually place any meaningful value on the things of God. Just like those who are engulfed in Jesus, His Mother, the Word, prayer and eternity, place very little value on the things of this world. So what do you think life, your life, is all about? Maybe that MBA, that fancy expensive Harvard degree, your first million. I don't know what your eyes, mind and heart are glued to? None of that matters to me. Nothing matters to me but Jesus. Loving Him, trusting Him, adoring Him, honoring Him, and praising Him, in all things, good and bad. He must be thee only absolute center of your every thought.
We must keep in mind that this world can lead you astray, devour you and keep you away from God for all eternity. Don't be fooled by the fancy wrapping of worldly pleasures and success; all of that has absolute zero meaning in eternity. What we need to be focusing on here in this life, is preparation for the next. If you don't you will for all eternity, regret it, and you won't be able to change it for all eternity. How many of us when are preparing for a vacation or even a short trip for a couple days, spends hours and possibly even weeks preparing and day dreaming about the vacation, that reward, the fun. Well then what is so different about that and our faith? That's simple: The long drawn out plans for some trip somewhere won't be of any benefit for our eternity, but planning for our earthly exit is fully focusing on what we hope and plan to happen.
My challenge to you is this: Block out everything for one day, seriously. No kids, no talking, no other plans. On that day of all you do is pray and read scripture. Maybe write love letters to Jesus, and Mary. Allow the Spirit that is within you to come alive, and once you allow it and you finally shut up, you will be amazed in a very positive way, how truly wonderful of a day you are having.
ALL FOR JESUS
Live your life with Him alone
Do not be led a stray,
Build each day like a stone
And pray and pray and pray.
Nothing else should matter
Jesus must be number one,
Don't be mislead by a charmer
For once you have Jesus all is done.
All for Jesus every minute
Don't give in to selfishness,
All for Jesus without limit
Only surrender to faithfulness.
Do you see what this all about
How it's all about the Christ,
The things in this world we can do without
The world will deceive you and entice.
So give your allegiance to the one
The only one who deserves it all,
He is the one who is the craftsman
The only one who forgives our shortfalls.
"Jesus, I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries
1. Agony in the Garden
2. The Scourging at the Pillar
3. Crowing with Thorns
4. Carrying of the Cross
5. The Crucifixion of Jesus