Beads of Joy 04-04-11
In Faith - Surrender To God
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
This incredible story, is all about the bold faith, of a man seeking out Jesus to heal his son. This high ranking officer had to travel some twenty miles to find Jesus, he was very determined. The buses and trains were out that day, so you can only imagine how long a trip that was. :))) This man didn't worry about his pride, and he most certain didn't care about the ridicule. Upon meeting with Jesus, Jesus knew this mans sincerity and faith; and by our Lord's grace, He sent him home, to a son who was healed at the exact moment he asked Jesus. This mans actions showed all that he surrendered from everything to only seek out Jesus, nothing else mattered. How determined are we when we seek out Jesus? Do we go to whatever we need to to find Him and be with Him?
Do you have courage like this official? Don't be scared, rather be more scared if you should avoid Jesus now, to avoid ridicule now. You should instead not be concerned with the ridicule of these days, and you should be only focusing on the Joy and Glory of the days to come. Our life today is more about proper preparation for tomorrow, then it is actually about this very day. See because we don't know when we shall die, bad choices without repentance, could end in some serious results. Why would anyone risk that? Hell is a hot place, where God is forever out of your life; do not risk losing Heaven with Jesus.
Let us really consider fully surrendering to our Lord. I know many of you may think I am way over the top. But that's ok. I know I am, and I love it. At times I really wish I didn't have to sleep, so I can pray and work on helping others more. I dare you to be so loyal to Jesus, that all you think about around the clock is Jesus. Your life will never be the same if you seriously take on this challenge. Also time spent before the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful to adore Him. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, everything and all things Jesus.
Definition: Jesus Freak: The phrase originally was applied to those involved in the Jesus movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, within the context of the freak scene of that era. However, some Christians now consider it a reclaimed word, as Christians, especially Christian youth, occasionally use it today as a positive term to let others know that they are not ashamed of their belief in Jesus.
I sometimes get called Jesus Freak, more so in the past. There is much more respect now from the regulars who know me well enough. I love the title. At least there isn't any question about what it is I share and live and breathe. The real question to the person asking that. If I am a Jesus Freak, what kind of a freak are you??
Today's Gospel: John 4:43-54 (Jesus Heals an Officials Son)
"After the two days he departed to Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast. So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee."
Questions To Ponder Today:
-Could you really truly fully surrender completely to Jesus?
-What stops you from completely surrendering to Him?
-Do you realize the benefits of completely surrendering?
-Are you clinging to something that will keep you from Jesus?
-Would you willing surrender your earthly desires for Jesus?
(Find out when your church or any other local church has,
Eucharistic Adoration. Spend time with Jesus.)
Try to make this a monthly commitment.
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