Beads of Joy 11-11-10
Kingdom of God is Within You
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
The Kingdom of God is within you. Wow, isn't that so powerful? Yet it is so profound to fully understand. Yes Heaven is a place, a real place we want to go; and yes we will leave this place when we are called to Him. But to understand that the very Kingdom of God is within us, well that is a whole new concept of understanding. Where do you look for Jesus? Where do you think He might be? After looking all around outside of you, would you ever consider looking inward and find Him? How can the very Kingdom be within us? Maybe it's like this. One very vibrant, very powerful, most spectacular part of the trinity in within us: The Holy Spirit. By the way today's gospel is: Luke 17:20-25 (The Coming of The Kingdom of God). Very exciting topic, very exciting in all aspects of our faith. For it is through the gift of the Holy Spirit that we receive a portion of the Holy Trinity in our lives. "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:28-29 What an incredible life you to can have if you fully are open to our Lord.
The best way to fully enjoy this life, in a way the world will honestly never understand; is by having Jesus alive inside you, through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must also realize that the Holy Spirit offers unto itself to us, a wonderful box of gifts. Praise Jesus for His generosity and love for us. We need to spend our life adoring and paying attention to all the gifts and fruits of the very Holy Spirit that is within each of us. I don't know how well I share everything I do, but it's simply this; if you really begin to fully embrace every single wonderful beautiful aspect and quality that is in what our Lord gives us, nothing in this world will take your attention away from Him. You will become fully consumed by Him, wanting and desiring nothing other than only Him. Here are two wonderful excerpts from The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations. CCC#1831
The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity." CCC#1832
How can anyone not fall in love with a God who fills our lives with so many wonderful, beautiful, precious gifts. If we base our life on the qualities God has given us through the Holy Spirit, then we are filled with much purpose, hope, love and charity to share them with so many others, further spreading God's love. No matter what is in this world, none of that can be compared to the eternal and everlasting value of them. Even all that is wrapped up in every single individual one of these gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Sorry Bill Gates, even every single one of those Benjamin's you possess, combined, pales in comparison to even one of these gifts. God always intended for us to be with Him for all eternity, that is why His gifts are eternal, and their true meaning here are earth hold no value, to a worldly person.
Today I challenge you to allow the Spirit that is within you to come alive. Awake that wonderful Godly part of all us that wants to share Jesus with everybody. I woke mine up in 1983, and now I can't shut him up. LOL, wow, that was funny, OK, let me gain some composure again and try to be serious. Please know that in the humor of that, it is so true. I take my free will very seriously, and with it, my desire to share Jesus is not only driven by my own desire to do so, but also the desire of the Spirit that is within me. You will never regret being open and ready to share Jesus everyone every chance you get. His love will forever be overflowing, so no matter how much you give away, even if its 24/7; you will always be left with a Spirit that is full of His love.
Allow your Spirit to be free
So you can share Jesus with all,
Do not tame down that fire within
And allow Him to help you follow the call.
You will be a voice among the few
And His name and love will be all you seek,
Your life will never be the same no matter
And the Spirit within will help you Speak.
Alive indeed it will be so much more
Once the Spirit to love Him can shine through,
Your words of love will be like prayers
And you will pray, "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 Luminous Mysteries
1. Baptism of Jesus
2. Wedding at Cana
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom
4. The Transfiguration
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist