Beads of Joy 03-21-11
Listen - God Alone Judges
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
As Catholics we do talk about this a lot, and I know many will agree; sometimes our judgment is correct and necessary. But I will also say that I don't agree completely with that. Most of the time we allow our emotions to take over, and we immediately jump on either the defensive or we want to look good by making others look bad. In the end God knows our hearts, He knows what drives us, behind the scenes. Don't you ever wonder, what is the fuel that creates judgment for the most part? For me this can be a very complex answer, or it can be as simple as being a bad habit that connects idleness that creates time for chatter; and chatter that makes everyone around those talking look better. Sometimes it's best to only be concerned with your own self and family, and stop comparing or complaining about anyone else.
Jesus loves all of us, bad, good, or indifferent. He loves us unconditionally hoping that those who turn against Him, turn back. Isn't it funny how sometimes those who are not Godly people tend to be the ones who create the turmoil in our lives? Maybe I observe those around me too much, I don't know. Well when that happens, anger and judgment become an easy slide. Sadly I see how easy the two connect. We must pray for God's grace to help us through these difficult times. A strong solid spiritual life is what helps stabilize us, keep us on track, and keeps anger, judgment and cruel words from being said. I heard a quote once that said, "God will Judge my enemies, and I will help setup the meeting." That may sound funny, but the reality is that we need to be doing the opposite. When I say opposite, is instead of judging them in conversation hoping for God's wrath to snap on them; we should be praying for their souls to be saved before they have to stand before God.
Is it possible to love someone we want to speak evil of? We need to know that through the power of the Holy Spirit; we are given the grace we need to humble ourselves and forgive, rather than attack. God wants us to want what He wants for others, peace and forgiveness and for all of us to be saved. Through the cross, Jesus defeated death, and paid the price for all our sins. Embrace this cross, and remain humble before God, and kind before those you wish to speak ill of. We must overcome evil with, good solid wonderful Godly love. No matter what we may want to do, this is what we need to do. Simply allow God to guide your heart.
Today's Gospel: Luke 6:36-38 (Do Not Judge Others)
"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
Questions To Ponder Today:
-Do you pray for your enemies, or do you curse them?
-Is your own boiling point known to you?
-Can you stop or even hide your anger at all?
-Have you ever experienced the cleansing of confession?
-Do you understand the true love of those who hate you?
(If you have the courage today, send someone you know
who hates you, a quick note simply saying:)
"Thinking of you in my prayers today."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. The Birth of Jesus
4. The Presentation in The Temple
5. Finding of Jesus in the Temple