Monday, May 8, 2017

The Good Shepherd

BEADS OF JOY 05-08-17
“The Good Shepherd”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: John 10:11-18 (The Good Shepherd)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So, there shall be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father."

from the heart…
I want to be near to you Lord. Closer than words can ever express. Closer than my time will permit. More than You and I can ever I have. How can I do this? I must commit to a sincerely devote prayer life and a very active, aggressive desire to want to be at Adoration and Mass as often as possible. I want You Lord to be the absolute center focus of my life. Consume me Lord, as I do all I can to consume You.

My life is only complete when I am near to you Lord. This life can be deceiving and very misleading. One might think fame and fortune are the greatest and most important accomplishments, but they aren’t. In this life, the greatest accomplishment we can ever achieve is to be close to You. Our relationship with You far exceeds the value of anything in the universe. Our lives deem no value if they hold no eternal life and through You Lord we have eternal life.

This life is only complete when my life is near to you Lord. I give all of me to You Jesus, every fiber of my being, hearing Your words, reciting Your prayers. I seek only You. This life is exciting and wonderful because of You. Yes, this life has it’s challenges no doubt, but because of You Lord, I am able to see beyond them and work closer and closer to Heaven. On this journey Lord, I desire to help and direct as many who will be open Lord to listen, as I lead them to You.

Pondering these thoughts today: Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Today I offer a wonderful, exciting, fun challenge. Take a look at all the things in your life that you are involved in. Now ask yourself one question: Do they involve Jesus or the positive sharing of God, scripture, our Lady, the Rosary or anything about our Lord? If not, is it possible to make it that way? If not, I challenge you to not do things in your life that do not involve Jesus in some way. I know that may sound harsh, but staying focused on Jesus in all that we do makes our lives even more incredible and more blessed.


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS

Today is Monday: We pray the Joyful Mysteries:

The Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation (Humility) – Luke 1:26-28
2. The Visitation (Love of Neighbor) – Luke 1:39-45
3. The Birth of Jesus (Poverty of Spirit) – Luke 2:1-20
4. The Presentation (Purity of Mind and Spirit) – Luke 2:22-38
5. Finding in The Temple (Obedience) –Luke 2:41-50

I simply love mornings, because every morning begins with the Rosary.

Rosary Man Jim’s Joyful Reflection: