Monday, June 5, 2017

Rejection – Day 1/6

BEADS OF JOY 06-05-17
“Rejection – Day 1/6”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:1-12 (Parable of The Tenants)
“And he began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a pit for the wine press, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. And they took him and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. Again, he sent to them another servant, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully. And he sent another, and him they killed; and so, with many others, some they beat and some they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son; finally, he sent him to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' But those tenants said to one another, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' And they took him and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants, and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" And they tried to arrest him, but feared the multitude, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them; so, they left him and went away.”

Beginning Thought: They cannot under any circumstance bring themselves to accept Jesus Christ, period.

Now look at this parable with that in mind. The tenants (the world) hated the vineyard owner (God) so much, that they killed His Son (Jesus). How horribly sad, but true this teaching is even in today’s time. Jesus is always rejected and hated. But we know that because of His love for us and His obedience to the Father’s Will; Jesus faithfully, even in the face of severe rejection and hatred fulfills His Father’s Will. There is so much to be learned here. Jesus is setting a path that we too shall follow and be on with Him. This journey will lead us to the Father. Our death to self and rejection from the world; will lead to triumph and victory into the arms of Jesus for all eternity.

We must not submit to fear. We must live our lives, fully trusting in Jesus and staying committed to our calling. Everyone has some sort of a calling in this life. Some of us will be leaders, some of us will be the foundational support of those leaders, while others will be the backbone support of the communities that surround us. We all have some sort of a significant role to play in the Father’s Will in this life. Every person’s role is critical and every person’s job is vitally important. While someone’s voice must be heard, there is someone who needs to make sure it can be heard. While a Priest needs to preach, teach and lead; someone needs to assist him in the house the church has provided. A train cannot get from point A to point B without everything in between being built, managed, maintained and protected to make sure the train makes it to its destination.

We must all work together, like those in the vineyard were supposed to. They allowed their hatred to turn into murder and in the end; they to lost everything through their rejection of the owner’s son. If we all work together, we will all make this journey together. A book doesn’t get printed by the author, it gets printed by the publisher. A car isn’t built by the designer, it gets built by the assembly line. Food doesn’t appear on the shelves in the store, it must go through a process to get approved for consumption and sale. Everything takes a process and time and lots of people to be involved to make everything happen. We must have unity and peace to be most effective in the Father’s Will, but we must not be discouraged if we don’t. Prayer and unconditional love must be present throughout all this.

Pondering these thoughts today:
Today’s gospel was about Rejection, as this whole series will be. The rejection of the vineyard owner from the tenants resulted in nothing accomplished, nothing done; everyone lost. We must learn not to reject the Father’s Will in our lives. Yes, I know His Will isn’t always so easily spotted and understood; but if we trust and have faith in His love for us, we know that He will show it to us. Today let us continue to trust in the Lord in all that we do in His Name. Jesus died so that we might live. Let us in turn live for Him in all that we do.  


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.