Monday, September 5, 2016

A Healing on The Sabbath

BEADS OF JOY 09-05-16
“A Healing on The Sabbath”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:6-11 (A Healing on The Sabbath)
“On another Sabbath, when he entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find an accusation against him. But he knew their thoughts, and he said to the man who had the withered hand, "Come and stand here." And he rose and stood there. And Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?" And he looked around on them all, and said to him, "Stretch out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was restored. But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.”

Interesting how the Scribes and the Pharisees only focus wasn’t on the healing; but rather on the destruction of the healer. Such hatred and jealously, these men did not live a life where as God was the center of who they were. Well we know that now and Jesus knew that then. On the Sabbath we are to rest and to slumber and regain our strength honoring our Lord. With that said, we are also to tend to others with mercy, especially those in need. If we are true followers of Jesus placing Him first; others in need would come immediately after Jesus.

How are your Sunday’s Special and Holy? I know in today’s world, so many must work; or be busy cleaning and catching up at home because of working multiple jobs or extreme hours. This leaves the weekend, if you have a weekend to catch up or spend time with family, if you even have anytime with your family. Today’s world is a much different world than the one I grew up in. Sadly, my kids and our younger generation will never ever see it the way we did. The past can be interpreted in a whole bunch of ways and unfortunately depending on how hard your heart is or how your experience was, it can be interpreted differently. But we all have our own story to share.

My childhood was one of joy and family. I remember always seeing respect for Sunday’s, businesses respected Sunday’s, attendance at Mass was standing room only no matter when you went. I was an altar server for many many years as a kid, spending most of my Sunday’s on the Altar with the Priests serving Mass. Wonderful memories at Holy Child Church in Eltingville, Staten Island, New York. Our church had many priests growing up and we had many Masses throughout Sunday. I still can remember how jam packed that church always was all day Sunday, every Sunday. Then after Mass we’d usually go to cemetery and visit family and from there go to visit both Grandma (dad’s mom) and then Grandma and Grandpa (mom’s parents). Just a typical Catholic Italian Sunday growing up. I really miss that so much. I really wish I had that to give to my kids. That would be a real gem, a real legacy to pass down. If you are able to start that, do it!! Talk you all tomorrow.


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


Today is Monday: We pray the Joyful Mysteries:

The Joyful Mysteries
1. The Annunciation (Humility) – Luke 1:26-28
2. The Visitation (Love of Neighbor) – Luke 1:39-45
3. The Birth of Jesus (Poverty of Spirit) – Luke 2:1-20
4. The Presentation (Purity of Mind and Spirit) – Luke 2:22-38
5. Finding in The Temple (Obedience) –Luke 2:41-50

I simply love Saturday mornings, because Saturday like every other day of the week -begins with the Rosary.

Rosary Man Jim’s Joyful Reflection: