Monday, April 9, 2012

Gospel Decades - Matt 28:8-15

BEADS OF JOY 4-09-12 “Gospel Decades”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today is Monday in Octave of Easter B

Gospel: (Matt 28:8-15 –The Resurrection of Jesus Christ)
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Hail!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me." While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sum of money to the soldiers and said, "Tell people, `His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.' And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble." So they took the money and did as they were directed; and this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.”

1 – Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s –Glory be… -Oh My Jesus…

Reflection:My Friends,

The resurrection is certainly an absolutely amazing part of our faith. Jesus told the disciples exactly what would happen to Him; He would be betrayed and then He would be killed and then He would rise from the dead in three days. Amazing, no one else in the history of the world has ever done anything as magnificent and as incredible as this. Jesus has revealed Himself to us in the gift of faith that we have within our hearts for Him. And it is the Holy Spirit within us that helps us to see and recognized all that Jesus is in our lives. Today I’d like to begin a little bit of a different style of daily blogging. The past few months I have been allotting to the title “Gospel Decades”. The intent here is to help us focus in on THE GOSPEL of the day; and then treat it like a mystery of sorts, and then pray a decade, thinking and pondering about Jesus while we do. This is an old method of my own private prayer life; from more than two decades ago. I turned my daily gospel readings into sort of a “Rosary” reading, following it up with a decade of focus, including Mary in my everyday gospel devotion. Hope that makes sense, I love this. To me this just further excites my own spiritual walk, keeping me fully focused on Jesus, every single day; while I go through the experience with our Dear Precious Blessed Mother by my side. And then to make it end on this continuing thought of Jesus, I end with a reflection question, even sometimes a couple of observation style questions to ponder through my day. To me this keeps the gospel relevant and constant in my thoughts the entire rest of the day…

Pondering these thoughts today: Would I be prepared to meet Jesus directly after He rose from the tomb? Would I feel worthy before Him; knowing that it was my sins in the first place that put Him up on the Cross? Interesting thought to consider, we know we are not worthy before God to begin with; but only through His death and resurrection, are we made whole. Does my life need more “cleaning” and more “accountability” or “more frequent confessions”, so that I can truly do my best to be more prepared to be with Him? I don’t know, this is just something to ponder about today.

Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS