Beads of Joy 05-02-11
You Must Be Born A New
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
How many of you are truly born-again? A new life has been awoken inside of you. Yes you can become "born-again" at any age, this birth is a spiritual birth. There are many benefits to this new birth, many benefits that will forever change our lives, and lead us closer to Jesus. See being born naturally makes us heirs with Adam and Eve; hence we seek out the things of this world, and that which is born of this world, is of this world. But if we are born-again of the Spirit, we become heirs with Jesus the Son of God. Our lives are now spiritually alive giving us true access to the Kingdom of God. Like Jesus said in today's gospel, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." verses 5-6. Here is yet another very critical part of how I maintain such a consistent level of Joy in my life and in my heart; no matter what is happening in my life.
There is no secret formula, no secret code, no special prayer that magically makes us born again of Spirit. Instead one must fully believe in, surrender to, and follow Jesus. Once your heart is fully devoted to a sincere, devote love for our Lord Jesus Christ; you have truly become born-again. Of cause there is so much more to it, but a very important first step is your open acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior.
The Apostles Creed is a wonderful starting point.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence He shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the Communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and life everlasting.
I invite you today to open your heart and life to Jesus. Begin today, to make your life unlike you have ever before. Ask Jesus to be the center of your life, ask Him to come into your life. Share your faith and love for Him with others, change your ways, your thoughts and your mind. Embrace Jesus with all you got, follow Him, and Him alone.
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