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Friday, 31 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 31: Glorious Mysteries 5

Holy Rosary Month - Day 31: Glorious Mysteries 5

The coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in heaven: In the fifth glorious mystery we meditate on the coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in heaven. We are at last reaching our destination point. Like in the exodus, where God led his people through the wilderness under the leadership of Moses, we were led by the same God in this pilgrimage under the leadership of holy Mary. What Moses couldn’t enjoy Mary could enjoy; she reached the destination and rewarded by God. God has promised, “To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne.” (Rev 3:21) Let us give thanks and praise to Him who led us all the way of this pilgrimage. Mother Mary, who was our help and guide in this pilgrimage, is today crowned by the Holy Trinity. It is of great joy for us today and let us be proud of our mamma Mary. Now we know for sure that she is the one who can lead us rightly to God and eternal life. In her we do have our hope of reaching our destination, Jesus. She has finished her journey successfully, but we have not yet finished our journey.
With St. Paul we also admit, “We do not claim that we have already succeeded or have already become perfect, we keep striving to win the prize.” (Phil 3:12) But, “let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from the beginning to the end,” (Heb 12:2) and continue our journey to Jesus. Mother Mary, our model and guide, is always with us to take us to him. Let us forget about all those things left behind (our past life and its sinfulness; our inclinations to worldly life; and our unfaithfulness) and do faithfully our best to reach what is ahead; our target Jesus and eternal life through the intercession of Mary. Let the Pauline prayer be our mission and our daily night prayer, “I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the prize of victory awarded for a religious life, the prize which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that Day – and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear.” (2Tim 7, 8) 

 Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to follow your model in following Jesus. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have failed to understand you and the importance of your mediator-ship before God. Let them be filled with Holy Spirit and guided by Mary, our mother. O, Mary be with us, always! Amen! 

A word of thanks: As in many other cases, several persons were there in the beginning of this Marian pilgrimage with great enthusiasm, but after sometime few were dropped on the way. As the word of God says, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Mt 22:14) Thank you all for joining and continuing in this Marian pilgrimage. We thank you Lord for your special care, concern, and love for each one of us. May our mamma Mary intercede for you and your family in each moment of your life!  
               

Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Friday!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 30: Glorious Mysteries 4

Holy Rosary Month - Day 30: Glorious Mysteries 4

The assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven: In the fourth glorious mystery we meditate on the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. We were meditating on the holy face of Jesus Christ in the last twenty three different holy mysteries. In the coming two days we will be meditating on the face of holy Mary, mother of God, our guide and help in this pilgrimage to heaven. The letter to the Hebrews tells us, “As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses round us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.” (Heb 12:1, 2) Among this large crowd of witnesses, holy Mary, our mother stands out the first and the foremost. She deserves the highest honor in the church among the multitude of saints. It is because of this very reason that the church concludes her meditation on the holy face of Jesus Christ with two mysteries dedicated to Mary. The holy rosary was a pilgrimage with Mary, our guide and help, who completed it successfully in its perfection forever. Let us also honor her with great love and devotion. We don’t forget that there are in our times too, many who claim to believe in Jesus but do not able to understand the importance of Mary. They seem to assert their faith in the living word of the Lord, but lose their faith in Mary, mother of God. It is a contradiction in itself; how can they know and love Jesus, the word incarnate, without accepting Mary who surrendered herself to the word of God to become his mother? She is the one who was addressed by God through the angel, “Hail. The favored one! The Lord is with you!” (Lk 1:28) She is the one who was addressed by Elizabeth, “Most blessed are you among women!” (Lk 1:42) She is the one who was addressed by the church, “holy Mary, mother of God” Do you feel ashamed of these addresses? I do join with St. Paul who says, “If some of you have a different attitude, God will make this clear to you.” (Phil 3:15) I do believe that if I follow Mary, my mother, faithfully in this pilgrimage, I will be also rewarded with Mary, my mother. This mystery of the assumption of Mary into heaven deepens my faith in “the heavenly citizenship” that is arranged for me by God. (Phil 3:20) 
                                    
Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to believe in the heavenly citizenship and live a life set according to heavenly things. “For to be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.” (Rom 8:6) In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have received baptism but are not serious about their call to heavenly citizenship and lead a life of this world. Let them be filled with Holy Spirit and guided by Mary, our mother. O, Mary be with us, always! Amen! 


Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Thursday!  

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 29: Glorious Mysteries 3

Holy Rosary Month - Day 29: Glorious Mysteries 3

The descent of the Holy Spirit: In the third glorious mystery we meditate on the descent of the Holy Spirit. We have already seen that the ascension of Jesus as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit made the disciples completely changed and renewed. We read, on the day of Pentecost, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Holy Spirit enabled them to speak.” (Acts 2:4) Now they are no more behind locked doors fearing the Jewish authorities, but at the heart of the Jerusalem city amidst thousands preaching Jesus Christ boldly; “Listen to these words, O fellow Israelites!” They were not either ashamed of Jesus Christ who was crucified and considered cursed by the Jewish law; “You killed him by letting sinful men crucify him.” (Acts 2:23) Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled in them, “The helper, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.” (Jn 14:26) Just after resurrection we find Jesus explaining to those who were leaving Jerusalem desperate “what was said about himself in all scriptures, beginning with the book of Moses and the writings of all the prophets” (Lk 24:27) but now they are able to remember everything written about Jesus in the scriptures clearly and orderly (cf. Peter’s speeches in Acts cc. 2,3,4,5, and 10) They are fully convinced that Holy Spirit is the real helper given by Jesus and God the father. It is only by this Spirit, ‘they were able to proclaim that Jesus is the Lord’ (1Cor 12:3) for the ‘Holy Spirit doesn’t make anyone slaves but children of God.’ (Rom 8:15) Therefore, believing that those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God, (Rom 8:14) and temple of God (1Cor 3:17) they began to confer Holy Spirit upon others so that they may also be able to proclaim and Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. (Acts 8:15) Though ‘they were to suffer a lot, the early Christians received the message of Jesus Christ with the joy that came from the Holy Spirit.’ (1Thes 1:6) Are we ready to receive this Spirit, become the children of God, and proclaim Jesus amidst the sufferings with Joy of the Holy Spirit?                   
Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to believe in the Holy Spirit and surrender ourselves completely to his working in us. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have received Holy Spirit through sacraments but are not aware of the power of the Holy Spirit. Let them be filled with gifts and fruits of the Spirit and be able to experience the Joy of the Holy Spirit and proclaim Jesus in their daily life. May Mother Mary, intercede for them, and be with us always! Amen! 


Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Wednesday!  

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 28: Glorious Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 28: Glorious Mysteries 2

The ascension of Christ into heaven: In the second glorious mystery we meditate on the ascension of Christ into heaven. We have already seen that the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the focal point of proclamation of apostles and Christians. Peter’s all messages were concentrated on this particular point: “You killed the one who leads to life, but God raised him from death – and witnesses to this.” (Acts 3:15; 2:23, 24; 4:10; 5:30, 31; 10:39, 40) Paul also had basis for his proclamation on the resurrection of Jesus; the whole chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians and other references reveal this fact. How did these people become brave enough to proclaim him so boldly? Earlier they were afraid and desperate; they were with sad faces; (Lk 24:17) they were behind locked doors; (Jn 20:19) and Simon Peter was of the opinion that he would be going fishing. (Jn 213) When we think of their difference in attitude, we find that it has basis on Jesus’ ascension and the Pentecost. In this mystery we meditate on the ascension only; “Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. They worshipped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, and spent all their time in the temple giving thanks to God.” (Lk 24:51, 53) Though the disciples were with him for three years they were not fully convinced of his teachings and promises. Therefore, we find Jesus reproaching them: “How foolish you are, how slow you are to believe everything the prophets said! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then to enter his glory?” (Lk 24:25, 26) “He scolded them, because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive.” (Mk 16:14) But after Jesus’ ascension they remembered well and were convinced of Jesus’ earlier promise, “There are many rooms in my father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so. And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am.” (Jn 14:2-4) Now they are no more thinking of their fishing nets rather of “the prize of victory awarded for a righteous life.” (2 Tim 4:8)
                      
Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to believe in the promises of Jesus Christ especially, in the promise that he will come again and take us into heaven.  In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have lost their faith in eternal life and heaven. Let them be given the gift of eternal light as in the life of those who traveled from Jerusalem to Emmaus. May Mother Mary, intercede for them, and be with us always! Amen! 


Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Tuesday!  

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 25: Glorious Mysteries 1

Holy Rosary Month - Day 25: Glorious Mysteries 1

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead: In the first glorious mystery we meditate on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Our journey is now reaching its final destination after going through mixed experiences of joy, light, and sorrow. Did you notice that it was actually a replica of our own daily life? Let us go ahead with increased joy and hope. We know that disciples were afraid of the Jews who searched for them to threaten as well as to persecute. Therefore, “the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors.” (Jn 20:19) However, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were rushed to the tomb after Sabbath, as Sunday morning was dawning, (Mt 28:1) since they couldn’t pay the last homage to Jesus on the burial day since it was approaching Sabbath. Both utter fear and pure love beautifully prepare the background for the resurrection of Jesus. If we call to our minds the annunciation of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds by the angels, (Lk 2:8-15) it will be more interesting; everything has been turned upside down today. Gospel of Mathew says, “Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled the stone away, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, and clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid that they trembled and became like dead men.” (Mt 28:2-4) But the angels on both occasions gave both the shepherds and the women the message, “Don’t be afraid!” (Lk 2:10; Mt 28:5) and the good news: “This very day in David’s town your Savior was born; Christ the Lord!” and “He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said.” (Lk 2:11; Mt 28:6) The resurrection proves that the Savior born in the manger is the Lord of all; even of death. Let us together with St. Paul proclaim, “Death is destroyed; victory is complete! O Death, where is your victory? O Death Where is your power to hurt?” (1Cor 15:55) Let us be anchored on this foundation of our faith; “If Christ has not been raised from the death, then we have nothing to preach and you have nothing to believe.” (1Cor 15:14) “But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised.” (1Cor 15:20) Therefore, let us not be desperate and lead a life of courage and hope, “what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.” (Rom 8:18) 
                   
Prayer: Oh Mary, queen of heavens! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to believe in the resurrection of Jesus and understand the meaning of keeping our body pure in view of our own resurrection. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have lost the fact of the sanctity of life and lead immoral life. Let them be given the gift of eternal light and discernment. May Mother Mary, who was kept immaculate, intercede for them, and be with us always! Amen! 

Greetings:  Wish you all a nice and blissful Marian Saturday!