“Gospel Decades- John 14:6-14”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Gospel: (John 14:6-14 / Jesus The Way to The Father)
“Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…
Reflection: My Friends,
I pray that your love for Jesus grows stronger every day. For through Him we are able to know and love God in a most precious personal way. We must remember, when we see Jesus, we see God. Loving Jesus is loving God. Consider this also: Mary always leads us to Jesus; and through Jesus, He leads us to His Father (God). We must begin our prayers with the utmost reverence and love. It was Jesus who taught us the “Our Father” and what does the Lord’s Prayer do? It leads us to the Father. We must pray the “Our Father” with confidence.
"Saint Augustine says that whenever we say the Our Father devoutly our venial sins are forgiven. The just man falls seven times a day, but in the Lord's Prayer he will find seven petitions which will both help him to avoid downfalls and will protect him from his spiritual enemies. Our Lord, knowing how weak and helpless we are, and how many difficulties we get into, made His Prayer short and easy to say, so that if we say it devoutly and often we can be sure that Almighty God will quickly come to our aid." ~The Secrets of The Rosary
Let us look at the 7 Petitions of the “Our Father” from an earlier blog of mine: “So what are the seven petitions of the Lord's Prayer? They are really so simple to remember by their own design. Check this out. The first three take us right to the Father (hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, and thy will be done). These are all for God's glory, strengthening us in faith, hope and charity... Now check out the last four, they are all about our own expectations, it's pretty cool (Give us, Forgive us, Lead us, and Deliver us) wow, this prayer is so perfectly laid out. Those are our needs we are asking God the Father to accomplish for us.” From this blog: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2011/03/pray-like-this-everyday.html
Pondering these thoughts today: If you were to be honest with yourself; what would you say is the single most important goal in your life? Hopefully it’s not of worldly influence, you do know that all the things of this world will pass. Might I suggest that the single most important goal in your life be: to know God, not merely through scripture, but more so personally. Through the power of the Holy Spirit that has been given to us, we will begin to know and love God. Always look at God as our Father, make this relationship with Him very personal. Jesus is God and through Jesus we can see and know more directly who God is.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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What are “Gospel Decades”? This is of my own design. I started this privately many many years ago; actually as far back when there wasn’t even any internet. What I basically do is this: Each day’s gospel reading from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings which is of cause it being the gospel, it’s all about Jesus, so in my celebration and joy and love for the gospels I rejoice in the reading -by giving it recognition to my most favorite devotion, which is the ROSARY.