Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Let Us Be Humble

BEADS OF JOY 03-14-17
“Let Us Be Humble”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: 
Matthew 23:1-12 (Denunciation -The Scribes & Pharisees)
“Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so, practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues, and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ. He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

We must be honest in the way we look at ourselves. God knows who we really are, we must not let the throws of this life distort who we are in His eyes. A humble person does not get swayed by fame, wealth or a public reputation or the failures they have come upon. A humble person is very stable in their Christ-like humility and simplicity and they are very genuine in their love for our Lord.

It is through our humility by God’s grace that we become teachable by the Holy Spirit that leads us to Christ. In that teachable moment, we gain the knowledge and the wisdom that only the Holy Spirit can show a humble heart. Our hearts must be pure and open to the teachings set before us; and it is through our humble hearts that we will learn and we will be open to them most. God loves us so much, He has provided us with the Holy Spirit to guide us; we must trust in the Spirit and everything else will fall into place.

God does not require us to be perfect; in order for us to be blessed and loved by Him. He sees us exactly like we are and it is through His mercy and love that He blesses us. We must learn to be humble and thankful and grateful that even though we are sinners, Jesus died to save us. He paid the price, so that you and I didn’t have to. That alone gives us reason to be humble and eternally grateful.

Pondering these thoughts today: How simple is it to be humble? Interesting question, yes... My reflection is this: Put Jesus first in your life and then flood your life with our Lord, our Lady, the Rosary, the scriptures and all things Jesus. This simple act of putting Jesus First, is the greatest way to keep your mind focused on Him, not yourself. I say try this for one day, ok 2 days straight and then be honest with yourself about how you feel and who it is you are truly thinking about.


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…