Beads of Joy 07-18-11
No Sign Shall Be Given
©2011 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
How many of you really think we are, “an evil and adulterous generation” seeking a sign from God? I think we are, in fact it would be fair to say that many are starting to be a “God hating, non-believing, evil, selfish, prideful, adulterous generation.” Think that maybe too harsh? I don’t know look around, and compare the way you yourself see things, compared to what so many of us know what it used to be like, say 20-30 years ago. Yes indeed times have changed. Technology may have improved things to a more comfortable lifestyle, but morality and respect and common sense and decency are almost gone from our society. And I even think selfishness and pride are at all-time highs now. Today’s gospel can be found in Matthew 12:38-42 (Demand for a sign.) A truly incredible demand made by some of the scribes and Pharisees. How dare anyone make such a demand. One thing God doesn’t have to do is answer to anybody. The creature has no right to request anything from the creator. Our society is so blind-sided by the fact that they refuse to believe in “God” that I hear so much about, we come from another planet. Society would much rather believe that, then to believe in Almighty God who created us. I feel very sad for this generation of very confused, very selfish people out there. Now you all know I am most likely not talking to anyone who believes that, but I will guess that many of us know others who believe this crazy talk.
Do you thirst for God’s word, His truth, His presence in your life? So many people don’t, sad thing is God is ever present in all our lives, I guess it all depends; are you really looking for Him, or are you so blinded by everything else going on in your life, that you can’t see Him or you don’t want to see Him. We really need to look at our lives in such a way that all things are happening according to His will. Did that make any sense? And you say, “How do I do that?” Well I certainly don’t claim to be a scholar or anyone with the ability to see the future and just know these things; but I know how strongly I believe and how much I love my Lord. And I know how my life as a husband, and a father and a friend has experienced an incredible level of “hands off the wheel faith.” Did that make sense? What that means is God is in charge. Yes it would be nice to be able to call all he shots, make all the choices and in the end, get my back patted, and walk away with all the rewards. But honestly, if you do that, then you are not a follow of Jesus Christ. Our lives must be of sacrifice, offerings, prayer not only for ourselves, but mostly for others, and constant praise and love for Almighty God; a truly unselfish life. That is an incredible life, not many people in this world today see or even understand all the Joy in that type of a lifestyle.
We must really humble ourselves before Jesus, be single minded in our heart and mind; fully focused on one thing: God alone. He should be our own source for wisdom, truth, knowledge, joy, happiness. He must be the center source for all our needs. We have been blessed with the Holy Spirit to assist us and guide to the Father. The world we live in is deceiving, and very demanding. It always wants scientific proof and documented evidence. Sadly so much that they demand they only accept after it has been manipulated to meet their needs. Many of you know what I am talking about. Our faith isn’t like that; our faith is all about placing all our cards on the table for Him, for He who has died for us. No one in this world can ever love us as much as he does. No one in this world can ever give to us, what Jesus died for to give us. No one in this world that is of this world even knows what I am talking about. The Holy Spirit inside of us, that gift God has given us, seeks only the best for us; to be with Jesus, and to help us to know Jesus. That empty feeling you feel inside the pit of your soul, the spot you don’t know how to fill; you know what I am talking about. Well many fill it with evil things, habits, and relationships, whatever. Well that place is where Jesus should be dwelling in your life. He is the only one who can fulfill that inner need, take away that empty feeling. That place is made only for Him to reside in.
I encourage you today, if you haven’t already done so; surrender all your desires of this world and seek out only Jesus. It doesn’t matter if you have nothing and you live on the street or you are a zillionaire. Nothing in this earthly life really has any meaning when it comes to making the choice of Jesus or that stuff. Because in the end we must all die, and we all will, you know. And it is at that moment that all those choices of how ever many years, will come down to whether you spend eternity with Jesus or without Jesus. Once you stand before God in judgment, it is already too late to change your life. Selfishness and pride are the two biggest destroyers of the humble soul. Live your life for the one man, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who died for us; to pay for our sins in full, and He opened the doors of Heaven for us, so that we to might spend eternity with Him and the Father.
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