BEADS OF JOY 08-22-16
“Woe To You”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:13-22 (Woe To You)“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, `If any one swears by the temple, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? And you say, `If any one swears by the altar, it is nothing; but if any one swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.' You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? So he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it; and he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it; and he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.”
Do you allow the world to tell you what is good and how to know what is good? Or Do you listen to God’s Word to understand the difference between what is good and what is bad? Ah, now you see how easily someone can be misled. We live in a very unique time in history. We have so many people and outlets of places that proclaim they know everything about the present, the past and the future. We have people in power who think they can play with us like pawns on a chess game. And those in the media who think their made up lies are believable. It’s one big soap opera of fiction and we are the audience. Who do you believe?
Well me personally I do my best to detach myself from the bias crap of this world. Who do I believe? The Word of God! Who do I trust? The Word of God! Yeah I know there aren’t any news updates in the bible and I’m not getting any of the latest polls. Good! I’d rather avoid all that crap anyway. I don’t want my brain and my heart tainted with lies and information that doesn’t bring me closer to my Lord anyway. Yes, I am greatly concerned about all these things. But at the same time I trust in the Lord, in that no matter what the end results are, it will be God’s Will for us.
One thing we must remember and this is important. Each of us is responsible for ourselves. Yes, we need to help guide one another and help one another. But in the end, no one can make someone else believe and love Jesus. So with that said, spend more time developing and deepening your own personal relationship with Him more now than ever before. No one knows what tomorrow will be, or even if there will be a tomorrow. But if we love Jesus no matter what tomorrow will be, we will have eternity with Him. See you guys tomorrow.
LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS