Beads of Joy 12-12-10
He Who Is Least Is Greater
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Jesus Christ will never perish, He shall be here for all times, and throughout eternity. I am so excited and so thrilled to always be given the chance, to share the Joy found in Jesus. It is beyond words being able to share all of this Joy inside my heart with all of you. Today we will reflect upon Matthew 11:2-11 (Messenger from John The Baptist / Jesus Praises John The Baptist). Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, a super special day as we draw closer to Christmas, and today is also the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Busy day indeed, but that makes it all the more reason to celebrate. In today's blog let us look at John the Baptist, I really, really admire this man. He was a solid man and in scripture, he certainly stood his ground, and he knew his lifes purpose, and what he must do to help save others. Death, and prison held no bars over him. He is always portrayed as a true beacon to our faith in most movies and writings. So here we are about two thousand years later, and he still hasn't been silenced, that speaks volumes of what we should be doing with our own lives. If in my life, if I can be but a mere fraction of what he was, I will have served my life's purpose. Verse 11, is an inspiration, "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."
John the Baptist should be someone we all should try to be. I don't mean by eating locusts, I know I couldn't stomach even the thought of that. Ewwww. I think I'll stick with simple mac and cheese meals. lol. In my research I came across this, "What we mean by "a voice crying in the wilderness" today is "a warning voice no one heeds" the wilderness is metaphorical, a lack of sense or reason." Excerpt from "Brush Up Your Bible!" by Michael Macrone. I guess even in today's times we can relate to the same rejection and deaf ear so many have; when it comes to scripture, and Jesus, and our Blessed Mother and so many other facts that so many know. How sad the eternity, people chose when they know well, and they keep ignoring that lone voice sharing truth, and it will result in their own demise. John has sacrificed his own desires to help others have an eternity with God. That example is super wonderful and down right exciting to learn about; to be a full sacrifice unto your neighbor in order that with God's help you find complete contentment in living your live fully for Him.
Even King Herod did all he could to shut John the Baptist down and shut him up. Not!!!, he couldn't do it, that is such an inspiration knowing that one of the most powerful kings of that time had no power over the truth. They didn't even have technology or a blog, or a published book to share from John. John's mere words of truth being spread around the region was enough, to create a following that drew others to Jesus. His words resonated in many hearts, as we can do in our lives with others. Our presence need not be the focus. I ask you to be that voice in the wilderness, the wilderness of people who truly pay no attention; to the warning signs or the obvious fact that life will end for them, as it has for all those before us. John was the last voice in the old testament, to basically direct everyone to the "new" testament, Jesus. Let us all work together, helping guide and assist everyone to safety into the arms of Jesus.
No Greater Life Than That
For no greater life then that of this
Serving our Lord should be all we seek for,
No greater life we don't ever wish to miss
For serving Him our King and our Savior.
For like John we all should all be
Drawing others to Him as our life purpose,
Just try to be serious as He is in me
And trust me when I say you will be breathless.
For God alone must be the one
The only one all our life should matter,
For when it is over and it's done
A life focused fully on Jesus will make you happier.
For no greater life then that
Then to be the servant of the Lord,
For there are times we are life's doormat
And it is then that He is who we must move towards.
Today we also celebrate: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer
God of power and mercy, you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts, may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation