Beads of Joy 05-01-11
Never Doubt His Divinity
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Welcome to Divine Mercy Sunday. God is so good to us giving us Jesus Christ, His only Son. And today we don't only celebrate His Divine Mercy, but the mere fact that His resurrection did indeed happened. It was through Thomas' doubt in His resurrection, that further solidifies this truth; that Jesus Christ indeed did rise from the dead. So instead of being disappointed in Thomas and is doubtfulness, we need to be grateful that his doubt is in scripture, clearly sharing with all of us the truth. We learn of the precious wounds and how Thomas came to the reality of seeing and believing in front of His eyes that Jesus Christ did rise from the dead. We can see by scripture that Thomas loved Jesus, but he had no backbone to stand by Him in complete trust and faith. Today let us look into our own lives and our own choices as to how we follow Jesus in this life. In my humble opinion, every single choice we make should based on this one question: How much closer to Jesus, does this choice bring me in my life?
Just like Jesus called the disciples to follow Him, He calls us. Just like Jesus gave the disciples the power of the Holy Spirit, He to gave us the same. See we are also asked like to disciples to disciple and lead others to Him. And this is a wonderful time to begin, if you haven't already. Let us live each day as true, devoted followers of the Risen Christ. Our boldness should be a very real and alive part of who we really are. You don't have to be a martyr to be bold, and you shouldn't have to fear that being bold will make you one. Jesus Christ defeated death, and He alone made that one weapon (killing) against us a blessing rather than a threat. So try to be bold, try more than you have have before. For if we die in Him, we will only be closer to Him. So knowing that even death don't separate us, but rather draws us closer to Him, we should have no fear.
Look at what Jesus said in verses 27-29 today, "Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe." We have not seen. No one living for centuries has seen Him, yet so many billions through the centuries have believed. Stand strong knowing that the God of the universe has defeated death for all of us, and that Jesus is the true Son of God. His love for us is immeasurable. Cling to Him, letting go of everything else, never allowing anything or anyone else to ever come before Him.
Today is wonderful day to begin again. A new month has begun, it's Sunday, and today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Today let us begin a new, with many things: maybe stopping an old sinful habit, maybe starting a new Godly one, how about committing to daily prayer, or here's a fantastic idea; everyday at 3pm pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It doesn't take all that long.
"In a suffering soul we should see Jesus Crucified, and not a loafer or burden on the community. A soul who suffers with submission to the will of God draws down more blessings on the whole convent than all the working sisters. God often grants many and great graces out of regard for the souls who are suffering, and He withholds many punishments solely because of the suffering souls." (168) ~Diary, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
"And the greater the sufferings, the more I see that I am becoming like Jesus. This is the surest way. If some other way were better, Jesus would have shown it to me. Sufferings in no way take away my peace. On the other hand, although I enjoy profound peace, that peace does not lessen my experience of suffering. Although my face is often bowed to the ground, and my tears flow profusely, at the same time my soul is filled with profound peace and happiness.." (1394) ~Diary, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
It has been asked of me this very week: How can you go through so many challenges, so much suffering, so many tears, and still remain devoted to and faithful to God with such Joy and excitement, no matter what? Once you know Jesus, and you really love Him, nothing in this world, I do mean that; nothing in this world will ever separate you from that love. No matter what happens to you, your Joy and Love for Him will always remain alive and vibrant for 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 Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation