BEADS OF JOY 10-24-16
“Freed From Your Infirmity”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Luke 13:10-17 (Freed From Your Infirmity)
“Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.”
It is through God’s Word that we are forever changed. Do you believe like this crippled woman who was suffering for eighteen years? For not one second does God take a rest from His mercy and love for us. Is there anything in your life that keeps you so bound up or distracted so much that you cannot turn to Him for a healing? We must remember, it is through Jesus that we are set you free; and it is through Jesus that we are healed.
Consider for a moment the hypocrisy of the ruler of the synagogue. He was very upset that Jesus healed this woman on the Sabbath? I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds utterly insane. You would think that a healing in the synagogue would be something he would want to celebrate; no, he would rather go by man’s interpretation of God’s laws, than God’s mercy and love. Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God was in his synagogue healing a woman who suffered for eighteen years; obviously, many people most likely knew her, knew of her suffering, now she was healed! An obvious sign, an obvious miracle! It just blows my mind how ignorant and blind so many were when the evidence of the obvious was staring them straight in the face.
Let us not be the same when it comes to the love and mercy of God in our own lives. I’m sure many of us can attest to many examples and stories of situations that took miraculous turns in our lives. Have you ever experienced what appears to be a “miracle” or a “God sent” moment in your life? Maybe something that happened where you instantly looked up to the Heavens and said, “Thank you Jesus”? It could have been the results of a blood test or some other medical test or maybe someone cut you off; but by God’s grace you didn’t get into an accident, or you were in a horrific accident, but no one was even hurt? I suggest you pay careful attention to your typical day, God’s presents is always there, sometimes all we have to do is look for it. Many people are blind to God’s presence on purpose, because they don’t want to see it, don’t be like that. Our Lord is with us more than we know, unless we really pay attention, then we will indeed know. Jesus is everywhere, always, every minute of every day. Hope you have a fantastic week, talk to you tomorrow.
LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
PS.. 30 YEARS AGO TODAY
Chrissy & Jimmy eloped
Yes, we may have not got married before God until May 2, 1987. But on this day 30 years ago we began our lives adventure together. Many difficult years and many good years of memories. Many times, we should have rightly divorced; but somehow we keep forging through it all. It’s been a rough road, but by God’s grace we have made it these 30 years. Here’s the first picture we ever took together on our first date:
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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 mornings, because every morning begins with the Rosary.
Rosary Man Jim’s Joyful Reflection: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-joyful-mysteries_10.html