Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Do You Feel Secure?

BEADS OF JOY 05-09-17
“Do You Feel Secure?”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: John 10:22-30 (Feast of The Dedication)
“It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So, the Jews gathered round him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one."

For the record, this reflection has nothing to do with homeland security, the government or social networks, cameras everywhere, neighbors peeking through windows. LOL! No, instead we are going to focus on the security of your heart being locked into our Lord’s heart. Do you feel secure? ...in the fact that even though this world hates Jesus on all secular levels; there is a good chance that you can be influenced away from believing in Him and loving Him?

Do not let that happen to you. The world has always hated Jesus. Be strong and hold your allegiance to Him no matter what. Do you hear God’s voice in scripture? Do you see Him in the actions of others? Do you feel His presence when you are in Mass or at Adoration? Tear down the wall that you have between you and Him; allow Him to come into your life and into your heart. Jesus loves you so much!

Yes, in this life we encounter all sorts of horrible trials, stress and difficulties that even take our lives or those we love. But what are we to do about all this? Surrender? And to whom? Surrender only to Jesus, He alone will help you through the most difficult of times, even if you must face persecution. God alone has a plan for each of us. His Will is beyond our understanding. His Will will take us by surprise and we may not even like it; but we must have faith and trust in that God knows what’s best for each of us.

Pondering these thoughts today: So, be honest with yourself: Do you feel secure? How can you be secure? It’s actually very simple, even though I have been sharing this for decades I will keep saying it as long as I here and hopefully my words will still continue beyond that. I always say, Jesus Christ 24/7/365. Go to Mass as often as you possibly can. Go to Adoration every week, at least for an hour. Do your best to read your bible every single day, at least the day’s gospel. Pray The Rosary or some form of devotion every single day. The summary here is: Do all you can to be completely absorbed into Jesus all your life, that to me is the best security.


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…