As difficult as it maybe to understand, it is through the cross of Jesus Christ; that we will gain freedom and victory in this life over sin and even death. Taking up our own cross involves sacrifice and even suffering at times; I know this personally and I know many of you do know this as well. But in the fullest understanding of suffering we must not fear suffering. I know that may not make much sense and no I don’t seek out and desire suffering; but understanding that suffering is truly the gateway to our victory is so important. But we must be strong enough in our faith and in our belief in Jesus Christ; to never allow anything in this world to weaken that faith. There is nothing in this world worth losing eternity in Heaven with Jesus over. Nothing!
We must lose our lives, not die, that’s not what our Lord requires of us; losing our lives is more about surrendering and refocusing on Jesus. Our allegiance, our resources, our goals, our focus should be on the things that God asks of us. I know many of you think I am crazy for saying all that; but since we are Gods children and we are to be like Jesus, then we are wasting much time in this life focusing on things that will pass, while instead we should be focusing on that which is eternal. Everything in this life will remain here when we are gone; all our possessions here will go to someone else, nothing of this world can be packed away in our casket and make it through the pearly gates. So, let us focus on what really matters.
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
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