Saturday, September 3, 2016

Debate About The Sabbath

BEADS OF JOY 09-03-16
“Debate About The Sabbath”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

 Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:1-5 (Debate About The Sabbath)
“On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grain fields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. But some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?" And Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God, and took and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those with him?" And he said to them, "The Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath."

Wonderful Gospel for 20 years ago, in my opinion. I know there are still millions of us worldwide who believe in “keeping Holy the Sabbath”. But unfortunately society as a whole has thrown in the towel. Businesses operate basically 7 days a week now. Very rare do you find anyone publicly respecting Sunday’s anymore. Look at overall Mass attendance. It’s so sad. Yet not long ago Sunday’s were sacred and respected not only to worship our Lord, but to give workers a day of rest. Now most have to work two jobs or more just to pay bills, so many tend to be working Sunday’s. I know many people that do, my kids do. We live in a new world today, one that unfortunately has a diminishing love and respect for God.

Like I have said numerous times throughout my blog it is imperative that each of us have a personal prayer life. A very in-depth, devout, very private, almost Saintly one. Yes, go to Mass, participate in Church activities and your community, evangelize all you can. But in the meantime, have a very exciting private prayer life in motion 7 days a week, one that is very natural for you, so that in the event of anything publicly changing or stopping you always have Jesus with you at home in a very special way. It is imperative and very important, regardless of anything changing or not. Our private prayer life shows Jesus even more, who we really are behind closed doors when we are with Him, one on one.

The Pharisees didn’t live day to day like Jesus, offering mercy and love. So there was no way they could understand, why Jesus would make sure His hungry disciples ate on the Sabbath. Jesus’ argument has always been that human needs have precedent over any ritual. Jesus healed on the Sabbath many times. It’s the same in our lives today. How many of you can relate to this? Rent/Mortgage is due and you have 5 kids sitting at the table waiting to eat and you have NO food. But you are holding the cash in your hand. Do you not delay the payment, pay the late fee, buy food and take care of your family first? Of cause you do! Human needs take precedence over all other responsibilities. On days like that Chrissy and I didn’t even eat; so that there was more for our children to eat. Sacrifice is an essential foundational part of love. Don’t talk about it, just do it. Talk to you all tomorrow.


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


Today is Saturday: 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 & 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: