“Gospel Decades-John 15:18-21”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Gospel: (John 15:18-21 / The World’s Hatred)
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.”
Pray -1 Our Father -10 Hail Mary’s -Glory be… - Oh My Jesus…
Reflection: My Friends,
Let us seriously look at today’s gospel. Jesus clearer tells us that we may face persecution because we love Him. Jesus had to deal with it, and if we are to honestly follow after Him, know that at some point we to will face some sort of persecution. I know first-hand what’s it’s like to be hated, teased and ridiculed because of my faith and my outward stance in who I am spiritually. With that said I will say this, “I DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ME!!!” I am NOT influenced by the ignorance of someone who seems to find the time -to worry about what I believe. Instead I love them and pray for them and I move on. I am NOT slowed down one bit by that.
Case and Point: When we lived back in Niagara Falls, New York. I use to run an auto collision repair shop there. Let’s just say I won’t mention its name; no need to embarrass them. Well every morning I was one of the first people there (I had the keys). On my way to work I always prayed my full rosary -upon arriving at work I would walk through the entire building praying the days rosary. I did this every single day at work. I felt a certain peace, asking God to bless our day, our Lord to be merciful with our challenges and I asked our Lady to stay with me. Well needless to say, one day a fellow worker seen what I was doing, asked me, what I was doing and so I told them.
Within the next day or so I was called into the office. The owner asked about what it is that I was doing every day in his business. I told him about my daily prayers for success, peace and the asking of Our Lady to remain with me throughout the day. Well he told me to STOP. I said, “Stop, What??” He said, “Stop trying to get others to pray with you.” I was like, “What are you talking about? I do this on my own, I never asked anyone to join me, nor have I ever promoted my faith???” He looked at me and told me, “Well I just want you to stop doing that here.” I though WOW, how sad. I told him fine… LOL, I continued to pray in the silence of my heart, using my fingers instead of my beads. I ended up quitting that job about a month later. That was a hostile work environment. I hope this encourages you to forge forward with your faith and your prayers no matter what.
Pondering these thoughts today: Think about this for a moment, “Can you honestly (you), live in this world and have the spiritual strength to NOT live of this world? You do realize that if we are “friends” with or “subject to” the world and its ways; we become an enemy to God. That’s not me speaking -that’s scripture, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” ~1 John 2:15 -This teaching really shows us how we must focus on our spiritual life more than this worldly life. Yes we must be part of what’s going on here, I’m not saying no to that. We need to work jobs, pay bills, pay taxes and of cause being involved with our community, schools and churches is so important… But in the end we MUST stay fully focused on Jesus and nothing should ever come before Him.
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.