This is the third post in a four-part series of meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary. I pray this helps you in your prayer life and practice. Part 1 on the Glorious Mysteries are here and Part 2 on the Joyful Mysteries are here.
On Thursdays, Catholics around the world pray The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. These mysteries, often called The Mysteries of Light, were introduced in October 2002 by St. Pope John Paul II. These mysteries focus on the adult ministry of Jesus and the major events that occurred during that time.
- The Baptism of Jesus: In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we are told that Jesus goes to be baptized by His relative, John the Baptist. Before His ascension, Jesus tells His disciples to go into the world and to baptize coverts (Mark 16:15). In many Christian traditions, baptism is thought of as a sign of outward obedience. But, according to many examples in Scripture, Catholics know that baptism is an intricate part of salvation (1 Peter 3:21). Do you follow Christ’s commands? How do you learn more about what Jesus requires of us? In what ways do you live out the sacraments? Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember my baptism each and every day.
- The Wedding at Cana: John 2 opens with a wedding: a party with many guests, and eventually, a shortage of wine. Mary, Jesus’ mother, knows how embarrassing it would be for the hosts to run out, and goes to her Son for help. Jesus tells Mary that “my hour has not yet come” (John 2:4). In Mary’s last recorded words in the Bible, she tells the servants, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). It is at Cana that Jesus performs His first miracle, beginning His public ministry. Like Jesus, how can you help others when asked? What gifts and talents has God given you? How can you listen to the words of Mary and do whatever Christ asks of you? Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to live out the request of Your blessed mother.
- Proclaiming the Kingdom: Throughout Scripture, Jesus tells his disciples to go out into the world to spread the Gospel. This was no easy task as all of Jesus’ apostles, except John, were martyred. In an age of constant media coverage and ongoing idea wars, it’s may seem difficult to proclaim the good news of Jesus to our friends and neighbors. But, we must never cave into fear or discouragement. Our Lord is with us until the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). What are steps you can take to proclaim the Kingdom? Is your life a proclamation to the message of Jesus? If not, what steps can you take to amend this? Prayer: Dear Jesus, I ask you to give me every opportunity to proclaim Your good news.
- The Transfiguration: In my opinion, the Transfiguration is one of the most unusual events in the life and ministry of Jesus. In Matthew 17, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to the top of a high mountain. There, Moses and Elijah appear, and a voice from Heaven says “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17). If we were to stand before God today, what would He say about us? Would he be able to say that He is “well pleased” with our lives? Think about ways you can change your life bit-by-bit. Prayer: God, transform me so that You will be well pleased with my life.
- The Institution of the Eucharist: At the Last Supper, Jesus institutes the sacrament of the Eucharist. Many Christian traditions view communion as just a symbol. However, Catholics believe that in the consecrated host and wine, Jesus is present in body, blood, soul, and divinity. In 1 Corinthians 11:26, St. Paul writes, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” As Catholics, it is important that when we receive the Eucharist, we do so worthily. This means frequenting confession and resolving not to sin again. As a Catholic, how can you strengthen your resolve to pursue holiness? When was the last time you went to confession? Do you often remember that Jesus is merciful and forgiving? Prayer: Thank You Lord, for the gift of the Eucharist. May You always be my sustenance.
May God bless you as you pray the Luminous Mysteries!