Today’s Gospel:Luke 17:20-25(He Must Suffer Many Things)
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, `Behold, here it is!' or `There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, `Behold, there!' or `Behold, here!' Do not go, do not follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.”
With little or virtually no warning Jesus will come. While many can’t wait for that day to come; some of us want to enjoy the life our Lord has given us. Yes, we can still enjoy this life. Let us not be misunderstood, while we should desire to be with Jesus as a top priority; our hearts and our lives here on earth can also serve our Lord very well. There are many here who need to be saved and led to Jesus; while we can’t personally save anyone, we can do our best to plant the seeds of hope in Him and we can live a life as our example for them to witness. Spend time in prayer and in the Word asking Jesus and the Holy Spirit for help and guidance in leading you to those He wants you to minister to.
The Kingdom of God is truly in our midst as Jesus has said today. He has already died and risen in the hearts and lives of so many of us. We are His witnesses. Let us live a life that is pleasing to Him, just as Jesus has suffered and was rejected by many to gain much for us to have much, we too may have to suffer and be rejected also. We must be ready always and we must also be willing to suffer along with Jesus for our love of Him. There are still many around the world to this day, who have died merciless deaths simply because they would not deny Jesus. Would you be bold enough to stand strong in your faith, if a knife was held to your neck or a gun is pressed upon your skull; and would only be removed if you would deny Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Personally I would much rather die than ever deny my faith and my love for my Lord. There is no reason to live my life in faith; if I am not willing to die sacrificially if I have to, for defending what I believe. Your faith is a fraud if you bail out and wimp out at the thought of death in defense of your faith. Jesus died so that we may live. Who are we to believe when it is convenient or safe to do so. Faith is not like a light switch. We can’t flip it on when we want and turn it off when we are too scared to tell anyone. We must trust that by keeping the light of Jesus on always, that in His sight we will be protected and secure to do His Will. Jesus knows what is in our hearts, He knows our fears. Simply trust in Him fully and live a life that is pleasing to Him and let the chips fall where they may. Some people will embrace you, some people will mock you, some may even be cruel to you, so be it. All is for His Glory. I pray that you have the courage to always be faithful and loyal and ready for our Lords return. My prayers and love for all of you continues daily. Talk to you tomorrow.
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