Beads of Joy 02-01-11
Your Faith Has Made You Well
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
How do we approach Jesus? Do we bravely run up to Him with unceasing faith and confidence without any doubt of His love, mercy and kindness? Can you only imagine the heart of a father seeking the healing of his daughter. There was a ruler by the name of Jairus, who recognized Jesus as the miracle worker. He knew no matter what power and clout he had as a ruler, there was nothing he could do to save his daughter. In verse 23 it is written, "and besought him, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." Jesus went with him to heal is daughter. Along the way many different miracles happened, but en-route, they were stopped and told the girl had died. Jesus said, "Do not fear, only believe." This is an absolutely beautiful healing scripture we are reflecting upon today. Today we are reading, Mark 5:21-43 (Girl Restored to Life and A Woman Healed).
We are all indeed, born with sin and we all must die. Learning about this young girls death in scripture further reminds us about how unpredictable death is. No ones age, status, financial worth, knowledge, education or anything in this world predetermines our time of death. Like the wind, it literally comes from out of nowhere and scoops us up and takes us away. Jesus was laughed at minutes before He healed this young girl. The hardened heart of those around our Lord, never stopped His mercy and love for any of us. Let us be as bold as our Lord is, by his example. Have no fear for anything that is of this world. If you fear being called names, or of someone labeling you as a "Jesus Freak", so be it. I have had that title before, I couldn't care less. I also know what it's like to be looked down upon because my worldly goals aren't up to snuff with some very worldly people I know. No big deal, we are not accountable to these people, we are only accountable to God. Bow to no man, bow only to God. For He alone holds your life in His hand, no one else does.
Our boldness is very important in our faith. We must do all we can, not to back down, no matter what. It's not a matter of being rude, it's all about our truest and deepest passion for our Lord. Jesus must be the very first thought in our mind as we awake, He must also be constantly on our mind throughout the day, and then yes just before we lay down our heads to rest, non-stop Jesus. Yes it is possible, yes you will be blessed and stronger by simply doing this in your life each day. In this life we only get one chance to travel through it. If in fifty years you decide, you are not happy by the choices you have made, you can not go back and start over. All you can do is, clean your soul with God in a good, sincere confession. Start a new, and don't be discouraged if you fail, just start again and again and again. God knows your heart.
Yesterday we struggled, the day before we sinned, tomorrow I may fall again. So what must I do? Keep striving for the best you can be, never giving up hope and never backing down from what is right. Like I have shared already, a great one liner in the movie "The Rite", "Fight the good fight, with all thy might." That is what we must do as we travel towards Heaven.
"Be bold in what you stand for and careful what you fall for."
~ Ruth Boorstin
"Go make your mark on the world. Be a world changer! Live bold for Christ no matter the cost." ~Crystal Woodman Miller
"God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars." ~Elbert Hubbard
"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