Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lenten Season - Day 38

BEADS OF JOY 4-05-12 “You Should Also Do As I Have”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Holy Thursday ~ Lenten Season – Day 38
My Friends,

On this very evening in Holy Week, Our Lord's Last Supper shall be served; but in preparation for that our Lord reveals His deep humility before the disciples. Today's scripture is John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes the disciple’s feet) this is to further show them the deep love He has for them. And if anyone has ever wondered where I get these titles; for the most part they are words straight out if the days scripture. I like the thought of the title to be directly connected to the writing. Today is all about humility in preparation for the betrayal that will sentence Jesus to death. Also note that today is also a representation of the 5th Luminous Mystery (The Institution of the Eucharist). Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, in His death and all that surrounded it; He gives us an example we need to follow and to do as He did. His love has power, and compassion, and a very important element: "humility". Humility has power in its intention and kindness to do good. Humble people tend to be more loving. We must be like Jesus.

Humility, what is humility?
HUMILITY (hu•mil•ity): 1: a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; 2: a humble feeling to help others before yourself.

Can we live a humble, lowly live in today's world? Can we really submit to others while we are humble before our Lord? Is this real in today's world? It is important that we really look at this. We need to be like Jesus, He washed the feet of the disciples. Can we find in ourselves the humility to do for others, things no one else would do because of their pride? There is so much to consider here. Let's take a good look at scripture to truly discover the treasure in being humble.

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
Proverbs 11:2

"Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life."
Proverbs 22:4

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
Philippians 2:1-3

Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.”
Intense love does not measure; it just gives.”
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Today's Challenge: Yes today’s blog is shorter than usual because it is one of the holiness days of the Liturgical Year. So go, and spend your time with Jesus.

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

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta. This is how I feel in our ministry.