Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gospel Decades -John 16:5-11

BEADS OF JOY 05-07-13
“Gospel Decades-John 16:5-11”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

Gospel: (John 16:5-11 / The Work of The Holy Spirit)

But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

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

Reflection: My Friends,
Many of us know what it feels like to be separated from our loved ones. In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of His leaving the disciples. We must be reminded what Romans 8:31-39 speaks of when talking about (More Than Conquerors). This scripture is a wonderful guide in where our love is for Jesus and where His love is for us.

Romans 8:31-39 (More Than Conquerors)
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today let us ask the Holy Spirit to set the fire of our love for our Lord inside our hearts. Let us ask that our desire and our love be pure and holy and in accord to God’s Will. Let us ask for courage, and to help guide us in what is pleasing to God.

Here is a great scripture reference.
Romans 8:14-17 (Life Through the Spirit
)

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Pondering these thoughts today: Has the Spirit within you, the Holy Spirit condemned you of your sins? The Spirit is well aware of our wrongdoings, but the Spirit also helps convince us to do what is right. The Holy Spirit also gives us that unshakeable conviction that makes us bold in our faith. Do you allow the Spirit to literally reign free in your life, setting your heart on fire for God? If you do, you will find that you will end up spending every moment sharing His love and spreading the Good News of Jesus to all. And the JOY within your heart; will explode within so that you will share Jesus with everyone.  

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

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