Saturday, June 8, 2013

Immaculate Heart of Mary

BEADS OF JOY 06-08-13
“Immaculate Heart of Mary”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

5th Joyful Mystery
Gospel: (Luke 2:41-51 / Finding of Jesus in the Temple)

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”

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

Reflection: My Friends,

Roman Catholics liturgy celebrates the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a special formulary on the Saturday after the second Sunday after Pentecost. …So today we celebrate the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our gospel focus will be the fifth Joyful Mystery (The Finding of Jesus in the Temple). And the Fruit of this mystery is our Joy in Finding Jesus. This memorial helps us to understand in a biblical sense, the person who is the Virgin, her interior life and her love. She lived a rather unique life, her life was completely focused on living Gods Will, while staying focused on loving and nurturing Jesus her, God’s Son. Staying completely focused on Jesus is something I can relate to. Maybe this will make sense, draw a circle, and in the center of the circle write Jesus’ name; outside that circle write everything else in your life, all around the circle. Now looking at this circle you see the center; everything outside this circle must somehow connect to the center, and the center must come first in those thoughts. Jesus first, Mary most certainly lived a life even more focused than that.

REFLECTION: Have you ever lost someone very close to you? Either in the midst of traveling or at an event or an amusement park; or has anyone close to you ever pass away unexpectedly. When this happens we tend to fell anxious and hopeless, feeling like there is nothing we can do to fix it, at least nothing we can fix instantly. If it’s a lost child, friend, spouse; we frantically look and yell their name, constantly and everywhere we possibly think they may be. Can you image how frantic Mary and Joseph were, when they were looking for Jesus?

Jesus knew His calling, His purpose, He had to get to His Father’s house and begin the work His Father sent Him to do. Let us take the time to consider, do we know and can we recognize God’s calling in our life? Consider making your own circle and putting Jesus in the center, and live your life keeping Him there.

Excerpt from a blog I wrote about The Joyful Mysteries:

  The Fifth Joyful Mystery is The Finding of Jesus in the Temple. We must seek Him out, and do His will. Even if while we do so, it takes us out of the circle of security and familiar surroundings. Sometimes in order for us to do God's will we must “Leave everything to find Him.” The Joyful Mysteries are indeed most Joyous. I pray that you can find that "sweet spot" in your life that in your service and obedience to God you are blessed with an immeasurable amount of joy. Nothing in this world can give us the same abundant joy that is found in God, His word, or His Rosary. Embrace the rosary, allow that chain and those tiny beads to draw you ever so much closer to Jesus.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

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