Beads of Joy 03-01-11
Jesus Knows All Things
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
There is no anonymity when it comes to what Jesus knows. He knows all things, whether they be in the light or hidden in the darkness or behind some fake ID on the internet. Opps, you're caught, whoever you are who is reading this and on the internet doing that. LOL, sorry, just overwhelmed with so much Joy of Jesus in my heart, Jesus knows what's going on, along with your intentions. What a truly wonderful gospel today is, we read about a ruler who knew and understood Jesus' power. We also read about a woman who has the truest of faith. Both stories reveal the courage and strength both found in seeking out Jesus. Today we are reflecting on Mark 5:21-43 (Girl Restored to Life and A Woman Healed). Before Jesus ever defeated death by His own resurrection, He raised many who had died and renewed them with life. A new life in Himself. And with the woman who was healed, she was secretly sneaking around to just touch Jesus, without outwardly stepping out in faith. Jesus brought her into the light for all to see and for her to celebrate.
Let us rejoice today in the faith to step out from the crowd and openly admit our faith. And in keeping that, let us be bold enough not to be worried about what anyone says about your own choices in the life God has given you. How dare the people in this world be so judgmental about someones faith. Hey if you are doing something that is outright wrong and harmful to another, or to a family or your own selfish controlling ways are being destructive to another; well then you need to and deserve to be called out. That's not the same as someone seeking to live a life pleasing to Jesus. Because in the end we will all be expected to stand before God in judgment of our words, deeds and actions. We will also be just as responsible for the things we didn't do. Our spiritual life is an individual quest and in that quest it really don't matter if you hung out with a bunch of holy rollers. Your association is important, let's not misunderstand that aspect of that, but your association with others don't transform you into them. Just because you spend many hours every single day in your car, you will never have any qualities of it. Like spending many house in God's house, it doesn't mean anything till you desire Him and want Him in your life.
We need to really live our lives like an open book. I don't mean literally like some do on Facebook and Twitter. Your trips to the refrigerator, don't need to be brought into the spotlight. Rather our actions and words should be able to be tested with the Jesus test. What is the Jesus test you ask? Glad you asked that. I'm making this up as I move along, so stay with me. LOL. Just kidding, the Jesus test is this, (I love this test, I use it often) many of you, may have heard this put in a whole bunch of different ways. I have heard it said all different ways since 1983. But simply put it's like this:
The Jesus Test: Everywhere you go, every time you speak, every thought you have, Jesus is right there physically with you listening and observing "In Person" all your dirty laundry. So even in the quiet darkness of your home, or the darkness inside of your car, He is there with you. When you walk into your home, your room, your closet. He is there truly physically with you.
The Reflection: Knowing this, how will and does your actions, words and ulterior motives to your choices change or stop? Seriously think about this and act accordingly, as if He were there, which by the way He is..
It's wonderful having our faith out in the open for all to see, so that our witness is maybe helping drawing others to our Lord. But we must keep in mind, that what we do in secret is just as important. If we secretly believe in Jesus, then that needs to be brought into the light; but if we secretly live two lives then that needs to stop. Our allegiance must be honest and true and pure, we can not serve two masters. Be brave and bold in both ways, stand strong in your faith knowing and doing what you know to be right; and step away from anything that you know is wrong and needs to be stopped. God will guide your heart. Trust in Him.
"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