Beads of Joy 04-06-11
Abundant Life - In Jesus
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
The Abundant Life is something that we all want to live to some capacity, today let us look at some of the aspects of abundant life. "Abundant life refers to Christian teachings on prosperity and health for the total human being, including the body, mind, emotions, relationships, material needs, and eternal life. The Bible, the good news (Christianity), and salvation are essential elements of these teachings." wikipedi.org defines it that way. I think that is a pretty good definition. Here are nine aspects of this life.
>Minimize The Clutter: One very special quality to many living the abundant life find almost happens naturally. When you life is engulfed in our Lord, much of the "stuff" means nothing, so we tend to junk, give away and rid our lives of so much of it.
>Forgive Those of Their Wrong Doings: Anyone who speaks evil of you, badly about you, mistreats you or just even mean to you; needs to be forgiven by us. It's not going to be easy, but it is very possible. Pray every single time you are confronted with this.
>Accept Others Kindness and Charity: It's not always easy to accept things, but just like we are so blessed in giving, we are also very blessed in receiving. Allow God to lead your heart in thanksgiving for all you receive.
>Helping Out Others: This can be a wonderful Joy whenever it's possible. Sometimes others need a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen; or a chance to listen to your take on a problem they are facing. Simply allow your faith and love for Jesus to help you, help others.
>Be Charitable: Step to the plate whenever possible. Sometimes people and families in need, feel funny asking for help, when they might not even have enough to put food on their table. If we find out someones challenges, let us be like Jesus and do whatever we can to help relieve the stress.
>Do Not Allow Jealousy: No matter who has what, or does what, or travels to wherever, or drives this or that, or lives in their or in that place. No matter what the details of whoever are, never allow jealousy to enter to your heart.
>Be Grateful In All Things: This aspect of living the abundant life is lived by many already; but it's a wonderful way of sharing your love of our Lord. Thanking Him for both the good and bad things also needs to be part of this wonderful aspects.
>Tithe Often: This is vital to keeping our parishes up and running. If money is an issue, give of your talents, and your time, maybe cleaning, or teaching, setting up for events, cleaning after, anything you can give is of such a blessing.
>Financial Honesty: Complete financial honesty, only live the life you can afford, staying in your means is responsible and honest. It keeps you better focused in your faith, when your actions and faith is alive in all you do.
Today's Gospel: John 5:17-30 (The Authority of The Son)
"But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me."
Questions To Ponder Today:
-Who is the ultimate power and authority of the universe?
-How wonderful can your life being living like this?
-Do you find that these aspects of life are possible?
-Is there any difficult part of these thoughts?
(Attempt to incorporate these wonderful aspects
into your daily life. It will make you a better person.)
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