Today’s Gospel: Matt 1:1-16, 18-23 (A Virgin Shall Conceive)
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel"(which means, God with us).”
Before I begin I hope you take the time to enjoy the attached video. It is really wonderfully made, not by me of cause. But it is one I think you will enjoy a lot once you see it. Let us begin:
What can we learn by the faith, trust and obedience that Our Lady and St. Joseph have in the Lord God in their lives, that we can have in our life? Well for starters, even when they seem to be spoken to, they do way less talking. One thing I have noticed and you may have to; they do way more listening. Yeah I am into the “way” word. LOL! But when they do inquire, it’s short and simple and when their concerns are answered they are satisfied and do as the Lord asked. We can learn a great deal by their example. I often wonder: Why are we of this generation so in doubt of the power and love of God? I know not every single one of us is. I’m not! But so many are. So many question everything little thing; to do all they can to destroy simple humble beautiful faith.
There is no need to be so cruel and rude to those of us who do believe so devoutly. Honestly I wish everyone would believe, but if you don’t, well, I will pray for you. I know I don’t for a second know the mind and heart of Almighty God; but I do know this, He does know the mind and hearts of His children (us). So all we can do is our best to help those we feel led to and pray for those who are led astray. Ok GEAR CHANGE: (always expect the unexpected from me) What does your Spiritual Family Genealogy look like? I’m sure none of us is as impressive as Jesus’ is. Holy Cow, Jesus has every Biblical Legend in it. LOL Ok, we must get an autograph. Time for a selfie. Just kidding. Ok, down to some serious thoughts. Maybe some of us have some very spiritual relatives in our family tree and some of us don’t, well here’s my solution. First off write your story, title it “My Story” ... Not! my story, YOUR story... you know what I mean…
“If you have no Spiritual Ancestral Legacy to share, be the Legacy.” ~me
See what I mean. Make your spiritual life a major significant experience to share with future generations. Write it down! Video record it! Audio record it! Save each significant Joyful Experience! Document Your Journey! And then don’t pass it to your kids or grand kids, I suggest if you can to the best of your ability, pass it to your great grand kids. Or to the furthest generation you are able to in a very special way that will impact their lives so that this incredible legacy of faith will live on for many generations to come… Just an idea. Push it as far forward as you can, with as much detail as you can, being as compassionate and as loving as you can. Be the most loving and memorable Catholic Ancestor in your Family that ever existed. I don’t mean it in a pompous way. LOL! Did I say that? Wow. I mean it in a pious and devout sincere loving way that is genuine and something your future generations won’t be able to put down. Open the doors and let them into your faith my sisters and brothers. Maybe they didn’t listen while you were alive, but long after you are gone; many will be curious of your inner peace and depths of your faith. Much to think about after today, don’t you think. Till tomorrow, Ta Ta. (Made you Smile)
Excellent VIDEO, one I believe you will cherish:
LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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Today is Thursday: We pray the Luminous Mysteries:
The Luminous Mysteries
1. The Baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:13-17)
2. Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12)
3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:15)
4. The Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13)
5. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Matt 26:17-30)
Glory and Honor and Praise -Lord Jesus Christ!!
Rosary Man Jim's Luminous Reflections: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-luminous-mysteries.html