Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jesus Raises The Widows Son

BEADS OF JOY 09-13-16
“Jesus Raises The Widows Son”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 7:11-17(Jesus Raises The Widows Son)
“Soon afterward he went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.”

How do you respond to the misfortunes and sorrows of others? There are so many in scripture that Jesus is moved so deeply by; one person’s story of pain and suffering becomes a miracle and prayer answered for us to read about. His compassion for them grabs you through the very words of scripture. In today’s gospel Jesus knew that this woman was on her way to the cemetery with her only son, her only means of support, her future. Our Lord’s compassion and grief could not allow her to suffer any longer.

How do you respond to the misfortunes and sorrows of others? Our Lord has given us the ability to also have same compassion and grief and love towards those suffering. Do you simply pass by and by the time you have passed them, you forgot them; or have you stopped and grieved with them, consoled them and did all you can to help them. There are so many ways to interpret today’s gospel. It gets me sick when very capable people do nothing to help those who are suffering. How do they sleep well at night? How do they have any sort of clear conscious knowing their heads rest on the soft pillow, while a family a mile away is sleeping in their car? Or walking the street? Has society come that low? Have we become that selfish, that hardnosed? Have we lost all compassion and love as children of God?

Dear Lord, why do so many people suffer while so many people have beyond what they need and share nothing to help those who are hungry? I ask you Lord, please touch the hearts of those who have the ability to help the suffering. Please lead them to be loving and compassionate to those who have nothing, some who don’t even have food to eat today Lord. Please Lord only you can turn their selfishness into selflessness. Only you Lord can open the hearts of those who have, to be there for those who have not. In this we pray. Amen.

How do you respond to the misfortunes and sorrows of others? Yes, this issue of suffering bothers me a lot. It’s personal! In the past when we were very capable of helping people and families who knew and we did. We’ve told no one, but I tell you this now, not for compliments or pride. I say it because we have sat on both sides of the fence and when you do -two things happen. One, this gives me the authority to speak of the experience first-hand from both perspectives and two, if you have ever suffered, truly suffered, then you will understand suffering and sorrow in ways even these words can’t express. So please know that I speak from the heart, not with bitterness, but with Joy knowing that Jesus has sent many of His true angels and saints to us. Jesus knew what and who we needed in our lives and they have arrived and miracle after miracle keeps happening. We have been blessed by the unexpected souls our Lord has sent to be by our family’s side. Never lose hope my friends. Jesus will send you an angel and that angel will bring you Joy. Till tomorrow may your day be filled with Jesus’ love.


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


Today is Tuesday: We pray the Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony on the Garden (Sorrow for sin) –Matt 26:36-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) –Mark 15:1-16
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage) –Matt 27:27-31
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) –Mark 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance) –Luke 23:33-46

Thank you Lord for loving us so much…

Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection: