Friday, May 5, 2017

The Sacrificial Lamb

BEADS OF JOY 05-05-17
“The Sacrificial Lamb”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: John 6:52-59 (The Bread of Life Discourse)
“The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So, Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me.”

Jesus Died for Me! Pitiful sinful me, why would anyone die for me? Jesus must love me so much. We should all take the time to learn what this means. We don’t have to be scholars or seminarians to be close to Jesus to understand His suffering. All we need to do is spend time with Him at Adoration, Daily and/or weekly Mass and spend as much time as you can in scripture.

Jesus Died for You! Yes You! Jesus, loves you with all His heart and every breathe in His precious blessed body. All it would take is one drop of Jesus’ blood to pay the price, but Jesus gave so much more. Consider having your own private prayer life, one that would honor and love our Lord in a very personal way. Then build upon it and make it special between you and Him.

Jesus Died for the Sins of The Whole World! Yes, every single one of us! Who are we to judge? God alone judges! Jesus not only died for you and me, but He died for every single human being in the entire world throughout time. Jesus paid the ultimate price for all our sins with His blood. Our commitment and allegiance to Him, should be and must be unwavering.

Pondering these thoughts today: What meaning does the Crucified Cross of Jesus have in your life? I’d like you to try this most powerful exercise. I promise you may need to have tissues nearby. Either do this at home if you have a Crucified Cross of Jesus or go to your church and sit before the Cross there. Once the time is right and it’s just you and Jesus upon the Cross. Look at the cross and stare at the nails and think about your sins and ask Jesus to forgive you. Continue to stare at those nails and tell Jesus how much you love Him. Slowly, pray the Our Father, the Glory Be and the O My Jesus prayer (all Rosary Prayers) … repeat this entire exercise as many times as it takes till you feel it in your heart. You’ll understand that once you continue. Blessings my friends.

"Jesus recommended to us His Body and Blood in bread and wine, elements that are reduced into one out of many constituents. What is meant by eating that food and taking that drink is this: to remain in Christ and have Him remaining in us." ~ St. Augustine of Hippo


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

Today is Friday: 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…

Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection:

I share this meditation I wrote back in 2010. Here I share my own personal insight and experience, as I journey with our Lady from station to station.

Many Franciscan groups around the world use this for their own group gathering while they meditate the Stations with our Lady. It is unique and emotionally very moving as you move from station to station… From my heart to yours.