Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Loyal Servant

BEADS OF JOY 11-08-16
“The Loyal Servant”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:7-10 (The Loyal Servant)
“Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table'?  Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink'? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So, you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"

Are you compelled to give God your best? Is truth and honesty and your concern for others top priority? What are our top priorities, our duties as God’s servants? Here, the best way is to have Jesus tell us:

Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 22:36-40

Now that we have some clarity, it is so much easier to reflect. So, we must be ready to give God our best! Regardless of cost! That is what being a good servant is all about. We’re talking about Almighty God. This is our eternity and Jesus gave His very life to save ours. This is different than any other commitment you will ever make in your life. You will only have One Lord and Savior, only One God. The way you love your spouse or your children or your family; is nothing like the way you love and honor the Lord.

If we are to be the BEST Servants, what is the number one focus, that we should have every single day we open our eyes? “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” Ok, then let’s begin with that in mind. Each day we must, without excuse, spend time in prayer, worship and focus fully on Jesus. I know that sounds too easy. Well it can be! When you open your eyes, begin your day with prayer. Say something like, “Good Morning Lord, thank you for allowing me to see another day to serve you.” And then throughout your day, make it a practice to acknowledge God’s presence in all things. “Thank you Lord for seeing my children off to school safely.’ Or “Thank you Lord for choosing me, I know my fellow co-worker is having a difficult day, I’m glad they took some anger out on me instead of someone else, I understand, I’d never respond with anger, only love.” We must always be thankful, no matter what the situation or outcome is. Then add scripture, devotions, Mass, confession into your daily life as much as you can.

Then the second most important thing we must do as servants is what: “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Others, must come first all the time. If you have never done this before it may take some practice, but that’s ok, God knows your heart. We are here to take care and look out for one another. God gave us each another, let us always place the needs of others before our own. A humble, selfless life is a great quality in a good servant of the Lord. I pray that you have a fantastic day. If you are an American, please get out and vote. Yes, your vote counts, just beware some voting machines automatically switch all choices to D after you make your final selection. Just be attentive. Please pray for America. We maybe on our final breath of existence and freedom. We need God’s mercy desperately today. Talk to you all tomorrow, hopefully as still a free country.


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…