Saturday, May 6, 2017

Transform Your Life

BEADS OF JOY 05-06-17
“Transform Your Life”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: John 6:60-69 (The Words of Eternal Life)
“Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

So, what do you believe? Has your life gone through a spiritual transformation yet? St. Augustine of Hippo says, "I believe in order to understand, and I understand the better to believe." Remember Jesus did not choose scholars, rather he chose very ordinary people. Throughout scripture we read about doubters and even Saul who became Paul who was hunting down and imprisoning and even killing followers of Jesus. Through Paul’s transformation Jesus did a great work in Him.

If there is anyone’s life to study first in scripture other than our Blessed Lord, might I suggest Paul; through the power of the Holy Spirit he is the author of 28% of the New Testament. Start with The Acts of The Apostles and your life will be truly transformed. I love that book so much. To me it is the true Resurrection at work in the lives of the Apostles after Jesus’ crucifixion. Or might I encourage you to take the time to watch this video about the life of Paul, which is basically The Acts of The Apostles.

Paul The Apostle (The full movie)

I encourage everyone to read The Acts of The Apostles and to watch this movie it’s very close to the Acts of The Apostles. I have seen this movie probably a dozen or more times. It is very inspiring and life changing as you journey through your life following Jesus. This movie is not about celebrities or fame, it’s more about faith and scripture. I know many movies like this, all of which inspire and encourage us on our Pilgrimage as we journey home. 

Pondering these thoughts today: Jesus Christ can transform your life forever. What we must do is allow Him into our lives. A simple prayer, a simple thought every single day that you build upon, can transform who you are in your everyday life. When I see time, or should I say a time frame, I see a chance for me to incorporate and share and have fellowship about: Jesus and Our Lady and The Rosary into those hours. What I am referring to is work hours, drive hours, stuck in the house hours. Every single day 24/7/365 Jesus, Mary and The Rosary must be entwined in whatever it is I am doing. Then to me it is a day that I spent with my Lord and His Mother. It’s really a simple goal to have. Try it out for a couple days, or even a week; I bet you can’t stop once you begin.


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

Today is Saturday: 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 Saturday mornings, because Saturday like every other day of the week -begins with the Rosary.