BEADS OF JOY 10-01-16
“Nothing Shall Hurt You”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS
Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:17-24 (Nothing Shall Hurt You)
“The seventy [two] returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!" And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."
Yes, it is true that we have been given the spiritual authority and power to overcome evil. Through God’s Word and Jesus’ Name we can overcome any evil. Our faith in Jesus, by Jesus, through Jesus we can overcome the power any evil that tries to overcome us. Look at this scripture I found in my research:
“I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” ~1 John 2:13-14
But what does Jesus’ prayer warns us against? There is a warning against pride, self-centered sinful pride. It is pride that closes our mind against God’s truth and wisdom. We can’t forget what happened to Lucifer when he let pride rule his life; he could no longer serve God, but rather wished to be equal with God. Humility must be our remedy against pride and we must be 100% fully dependent upon Almighty God in all things. What is it that we could possibly seek here on earth that which is in Heaven? How about our names written in the Lambs Book of Life? I know that’s kind of King James style, but it’s worded so perfect.
In my research this morning I found something I just had to share. “Just as pride is the root of every sin and evil inclination, so humility is the only soil in which the grace of God can take root.” Very Powerful!! It is God who opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. We MUST seek to be like Jesus and it is through our humility and only through our humility that we will find Him. A simple, humble heart, longing to be with Him, is what He so desires in us. Do you seek Jesus that way? Keep in your heart the words of St. Augustine, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.” I love that! And we have the ability to love Him the exact same way back, for there is only One True God to love. And through Jesus we see God. My sisters and brothers I come here each day in the hopes that your faith is deepened and that your love for Jesus is stronger. I am here faithfully each day sharing our Lord, because of my love for Him and for you. I will return tomorrow with more to share. Till then may your Saturday be Blessed.
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 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 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: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-joyful-mysteries_10.html