Thursday, December 26, 2013

Keep Your Allegiance To Jesus

BEADS OF JOY 12-26-13
“Keep Your Allegiance To Jesus”
©2013 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 10:17-22 (Coming Persecutions) “Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”

My Friends,
The road ahead is of cause unknown, but as we continue to follow Jesus and this world continues not following Him, our walk will continue to have its share of challenges. We must be like Him, His Grace is sufficient to help guide us through whatever is put before us in this life. Today we are reading Matthew 10:17-22 (Coming Persecutions) Jesus is very upfront about what we are to expect by following Him. The price will be great, but we must bear our own cross through this life. Jesus came to redeem us from our sins, but the only way we could do that, is through the cross. If we would only humbly come to the foot of the cross; it is there that our wisdom and understanding will begin.

Many of us will have a challenge dealing with the rejection and persecution from the world because of our love for Jesus. I say, "so be it". On a personally level aside from the obvious love for my family and love for so many dear friends; I am so far detached from this world that their rejection of me only further solidifies my faith. Nothing that is of this world that is not of God is anything that personally affects my faith and my walk with Jesus. I share this part of my faith with you, to show you that it is possible. I have dealt with different levels of rejection, nasty comments, and rudeness over these past 30 years of ministry. Honestly all that does is draw me ever so much closer to my Lord. Even Chrissy illness didn’t take me from the foot of the cross; rather it kept my knees bent before my Lord.

If there's one thing that we all need to understand about following after Jesus; it’s because they have rejected and hated Him, they will do the same to us. I believe once you are able to fully accept that, staying strong in your faith becomes much easier. At times I get twisted comments from fellow believers (at least to say those who claim to love Jesus), so don't only think all this rejection comes from the atheistic, catholic haters; the non-believers of the world. Sometimes those around us that just can't comprehend the depths of excitement ridicule it. I have been known to be way over the top with spiritual excitement. LOL My cup of JOY is always overflowing… endlessly… eternally…

I take no offense at the rejection. I only pray for the lost, misinformed and the misled. That's really all we can do. Yes I reach out also, and continue to, sometimes I have had made progress. Prayer is so important, love those who hate you, pray for those who wish you ill and despise you. Sometimes only God can melt the hearts of the stone cold non-believers. To me there is so much joy in Jesus that no matter what negative comes rushing my way, the positive in my heart is so over flowing that there is virtually no affect, there vicious words are washed away in the over flowing love and blood Jesus has shed for me.

Joy is the key. Sometimes I find it hard to explain the overwhelming, over flowing, extremely ecstatic amount of joy that is jam packed my heart and soul because of my love for Jesus and our Lady and the Rosary in my life. Many years ago, my mother once even commented, "I'm worried about you Jim." So funny, she said, "Does Father Mullally know how consumed you are, and that your lack of fear of death is so open?" We laughed, she was way too serious back then, but she better understands me now, and the depths of my faith. I can talk for hours about this. Please hold strong and trust in Jesus always. Never back down, but please let LOVE lead the conversation at all times..  

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And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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