Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Peace and Joy of Jesus

BEADS OF JOY 5-08-12 “Peace and Joy of Jesus”
©2012 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Today’s Gospel is:  (John 14:27-31 ~ The Advocate)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go hence.”

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

Reflection: My Friends;
Today’s gospel has me thinking of another scripture, Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds of Christ Jesus.” The peace of Jesus is beyond anything we could possibly even imagine. I would say that His peace was even beyond the knowledge or awareness of the challenges and stress we face each day. I would guess and many would agree; the true Peace and Joy of Jesus probably completely cancels out all of our troubles and stresses that surround our lives. We must remember that nothing in this world has any power to take our hearts and minds and soul away from His Peace and Joy. Jesus is complete in that He alone meets all of our needs.

Is your life full of Joy? A life that is full of Joy; can only be attained by loving Jesus Christ completely, with all our hearts. If Jesus is the absolutely center of your life, and He alone is your Lord and Savior, then the Joy you have in your heart is of Him. I completely understand that Joy and that Peace. This is not happiness, and it is not desire fulfilled. Joy and Peace go way beyond that; Jesus puts in our hearts, the Joy and the Peace that we won’t understand, but that we will know; or should I say the Holy Spirit within us will know immediately. This Joy has me all wound up, no joke here. I feel like I am going a hundred miles an hour all the time, thinking of and loving my Lord, and His Mom. Just thinking of them, as much as I do, makes me so excited and so filled with Joy, I can’t explain it.

Today’s Challenge:
Surrender your life completely over to Jesus; make Him your number one focus. The Peace and Joy of Jesus is all about having Jesus ever present in your life. Invite Him into your life and think about Him every day, pray to Him every day, love Him every day.

“Jesus, I Trust in You.”
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS