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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!  

Friday, 24 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 24: Sorrowful Mysteries 5

Holy Rosary Month - Day 24: Sorrowful Mysteries 5

The crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross: In the fifth sorrowful mystery we meditate on the crucifixion and death of Jesus on the cross. After a long period of preparation, both physically and mentally crushed, it is the time for the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; the sacrifice for the whole world. His birth announcement itself had given the message that he would be the redeemer for all; “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Lk 2:10) On his way to the fulfillment of the will of the father, (it is very useful here to remember the significance of the Lucan theology of the way found in cc 9:51-19:27) everyone was included unto him even the marginalized; Samaritans, publicans, the poor, tax collectors, sinners, and widows and so on. Therefore, Jesus’ sacrifice on the mount Calvary is for each and every one of us. He has promised us saying, “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (Jn 12:32) Cross and crucifixion were very familiar to the people of those days; a symbol of cursed life and punishment. By giving this punishment to Jesus, the Son of God, they proved themselves how much they hated Jesus. But the teacher who taught to love even one’s enemies prayed to God the father from the cross, “Forgive them, father! They don’t know what they are doing;” (Lk 23:34) and blessed the penitent abundantly, “I promise that today you will be in paradise with me.” (Lk 23:43) The passion of Christ, especially on the cross, didn’t make him deny his father’s will, but made him strong enough to complete his mission and pray, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” (Lk 23:46) How can a man die like this? The centurion couldn’t believe it; he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” (Mk 15:39) Cross, the symbol of curse now became the centre of early Christian proclamation. St. Paul says, “When I came to you, brothers, proclaiming the mystery of God, I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1Cor 2:1, 2) Am I proud of Jesus’ cross?  Do I believe in its abundant salvific and sanctifying power?   
                
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of sorrows! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning of cross and its redemptive in our life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have lost their lives for their strong faith in Jesus. Let them be given the gift of eternal abode and peace; and give us the courage and strength to witness to Jesus even at danger of death. May Mother Mary, who followed Jesus faithfully to Calvary and even after, intercede for them, and be with us always! Amen! 


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

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 23: Sorrowful Mysteries 4

Holy Rosary Month - Day 23: Sorrowful Mysteries 4

Jesus carries the cross: In the fourth sorrowful mystery we meditate on Jesus’ carrying the cross. Immediate preparation for the sacrifice on the cross is already over; now the Lamb of God is taken to the altar. The city of Jerusalem seemed to be estranged as if it had forgotten everything what had happened on the previous Sunday; cry of joy and shouting of hosanna of the large crowd. Today as the lamb is led to the altar, instead of mourning and lamentation, what we see and hear aloud is the mixed voices of the soldiers; their whipping, yelling, and shouting. No question is heard, at any time of this procession, like, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the sheep for the holocaust?” (Gen 22:7) Because Jesus knew well that God the father  is not going to provide another lamb for sacrifice on the mount of Calvary since he is ‘God’s provided lamb;’ “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” (Jn 1:29) Therefore, naturally he doesn’t want to be consoled but to console those who were following him, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children;” (Lk 23:28) not to be understood but to understand the sorrow and remorse of those followed. He might have also thought of Simon in the same way for “As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country; and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.” (Lk 23:26) In our prayers of the Stations of the Cross, we call Simon as “the happy and blessed” for he could carry the cross of Jesus, but Jesus would be more happy if we carry our crosses and follow him; Jesus says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mk 8:34) He never compels anyone to follow him, but respect their freedom and free will. Being our Master and Lord, Jesus has set before us a model to be emulated. It is up to us whether to follow him or not, but those who follow him will be crucified, buried and raised from the dead. Am I ready to follow him on my own accord?  
                  
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of sorrows! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of our call to discipleship. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have decided to follow Jesus but find difficulties when faced with challenges. Let them be given the gift of courage and strength to take the cross of their daily life wholeheartedly. May Mother Mary, who followed Jesus faithfully to Calvary and even after, intercede for them, and be with them! Amen! 


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

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 22: Sorrowful Mysteries 3

Holy Rosary Month - Day 22: Sorrowful Mysteries 3

The Crowning with the thorns: In the third sorrowful mystery we meditate on the crowning with the thorns. It is more painful than the scourging at the pillar; the clouds are getting darker and darker. Most times, we know, mental suffering is more painful than the physical suffering. Prophet Simon said to Mary, “Sorrow, like a sharp edged sword, will break your heart.” (Lk 2:35) The psalmist prays, “My heart shudders, my strength forsake me; the very light of my eyes has failed. Friends and companions shun my pain; my neighbors stand far off;” (Ps 38:11, 12) “even the friend who had my trust, who shared my table, has scorned me.” (Ps 41:10) Yes, the mental agony is more painful than the physical pain. It is not the physical pain while crowing with thorn branches but their mocking that was more aching to Jesus. “They stripped of f his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him. Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand; then they knelt before him and mocked him, ‘Long live, the King of the Jews!’” (Mt 27:26-29) After the miracle of feeding the five thousand people, they did want him to be their king (Jn 6:15) for they thought he could be the Messiah who would deliver them from their Roman political bondage. But now, it is not because that they wanted him to be their king rather to ridicule and make fun of him. Is it because that Jesus himself wanted to undergo the anguish and torture in its fullest sense? I do hope so, for physical suffering becomes unbearable once you are mentally weak too. Perhaps, this also could be for the fulfillment of all righteousness. The psalmist says, “Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.” (Is 53:7) Here, this silent one is the one who created the whole world and everything in it with his words. The psalmist again says, “Let them all praise the Lord’s name, for the Lord commanded and they were created.” The all powerful one becomes the weakest of all even at the moment of his humiliated suffering. 
                   
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of sorrows! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of suffering even at the moment of utter humiliation in our lives. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who are belittled and humiliated by others. Let them be given the gift of real healing of forgiving their enemies. Let Mother Mary, who prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit over the disciples who betrayed and left alone his beloved son, be with them and intercede for them. Amen! 


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

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 21: Sorrowful Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 21: Sorrowful Mysteries 2
The Scourging at the pillar: In the second sorrowful mystery we meditate on the scourging at the pillar. Jesus’ teaching was very hard for the followers, especially to believe in his saying that his body would be given as the food of the world for he is ‘the manna’ from heaven. (Jn 6:51-58) Therefore, many of them turned back and did not follow him anymore nor did he call them back. (Jn 6:60-67) He already knew that Judas would betray him in recent future, (Jn 6:70, 71) yet he did not send him away from his community. The turning away of his disagreeing followers as well as the decision of Judas to continue to stay with did not make any difference in Jesus. He was busy with preparing himself to be the sign of God for both believers and non believers; for those ‘from above’ and those ‘from below.’ As the time for ‘the lifting up’ came, Jesus declared, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. I am telling you the truth: a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains.” (Jn 12:24) Yes the immediate preparation of this sign has begun with the agony at the Gethsemane (Lk 22:41-44) and continues in the scourging at the pillar. (Mt 27:26) The grain is dropped into the ground and it is time to break the outer shell so that it may join the earth. Prophet Isaiah centuries back prophesying on Jesus says, “Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased… Not crying out, not shouting, and not making his voice heard in the street;” (Is 42:1, 2) “I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.” (Is 50:6) Before carrying the cross and crucifixion Jesus is given the punishment of 40 whipping. Suffering after suffering; it is unbelievable. But Jesus is silent and obedient unto God the father till his death on the cross (Phil 2:8) like the suffering servant of Yahweh revealed through prophet Isaiah. Are we aware of this fact of salvific preparation in and our sufferings and difficulties of life? 
                         
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of sorrows! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of suffering in our lives and submit ourselves to the will of God. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who are sick and bedridden. Let them be given the gift of real healing and peace of Jesus through doctors and those who attend on them. Mother Mary be with them and intercede just as you were at the foot of the cross. Amen! 


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

Monday, 20 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 20: Sorrowful Mysteries 1

Holy Rosary Month - Day 20: Sorrowful Mysteries 1

The Agony in the garden of Gethsemane: In the first sorrowful mystery we meditate on the agony of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. After the themes of joy and light we enter now into the new the mystery series of sorrow. After the Passover meal Jesus went up to the Mount of Olives with his disciples and there he prayed to his father, “If you will, Father, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done.” (Lk 22:42) Why did Jesus make this prayer at this moment of extreme suffering? For during his public ministry we find Jesus making the disciples aware of his passion, death, and resurrection on the third day (Mk 8:31; 9:31; 10:33, 34) and if someone goes against these predictions, he was corrected (Mt 16:23) without any hesitation. Why then? Is it because of that Jesus was afraid of his passion and death? Was he totally disappointed at this moment? Certainly not! One who has declared that ‘his food is to do the will of the father and complete his work,’ (Jn 4:34) will not be afraid or ashamed of sufferings and death. And I do hope that it was not for him rather it was for each one of us who believe in him and wants to follow his ways. For St. John says, “Whoever says that he remains in union with God should live just as Jesus Christ did.” (1Jn 2:6) That how Jesus faces this situation, would be an example and model for all his believers. In the first mystery of luminous mysteries we have already seen that Jesus received baptism from John, not because that he needed it but it was for the fulfillment of all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) Here also Jesus does the same. Before and after his prayer at Gethsemane we find that Jesus is exhorting his disciples as to pray that they may not fall into temptation. (Lk 22:40, 46) He had already warned them of what is going to happen to them, “I have told you this, so that you will not give up your faith. You will be expelled from the Synagogue, and the time will come when anyone who kills you will think that by doing this he is serving God.” (Jn 16:1, 2) After the model of Jesus, am I ready to submit myself to the will of God even at the moment of my suffering and death?                   
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of sorrows! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of suffering in our lives and submit ourselves to the will of God. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who are afraid of sufferings and problems in their lives. Let them understand that Jesus has answered well to all the problems and questions of their lives and follow what Mother Mary wants them do; ‘whatever Jesus tells them to do.’ (Jn 2:5) Amen!
 

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

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 18: Luminous Mysteries 5

Holy Rosary Month - Day 18: Luminous Mysteries 5

The institution of the Holy Eucharist: In the fifth luminous mystery we meditate on the institution of the Holy Eucharist.  The theme of life and light is of course in its culmination in the fifth luminous mystery. The Emmaus story of Luke beautifully ends with the narration, “He sat down to eat with them, took the bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and then gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight.” (Lk 24:30) The moment of breaking of the bread was the moment of the revelation of Jesus Christ, Immanuel; the holy Eucharist gives you the presence of Jesus the son of God. Once we understand the relation between our daily life and holy Eucharist and its importance in our life, this luminous mystery will become the heart of our life not part of our life. Certainly it gives light and life to our life; it is the meeting point of Jesus’ (who is bread of life Jn 6:48; the light of the world Jn 8:12) offering his person (Jn 10:11) and the people who are in need of light and life. Let us thank God that he has given us an everlasting memorial in this holy Eucharist. The action of Jesus in breaking bread, giving it, and pouring wine, during the Last Super, realizes in advance the gift of his body and blood for nourishing our life. And because this action is a meal, that is, something that one can have again, with food that one can eat, by reenacting this meal we can assimilate the very person of Jesus, given over to death and rise again. Therefore, this is not an ordinary meal; Paul says, “Every time you eat this bread and drink from this cup you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1Cor 11:26) It sheds light into our Christian life; as Vatican II puts, “Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.” If we understand the reward of the holy Eucharist we will never miss it; it gives us eternal life, resurrection on the last day, and a living together with God the father and the son. (Jn 6:55, 56) Do I realize the importance of holy Eucharist in my Christian life? 
                            
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning and the importance of the holy mass in our lives and live a Eucharistic life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who participate in the holy Eucharist but unable to understand the meaning of full and conscious participation and receiving the Holy Communion. Let those who are away from holy Eucharist may come back and experience its everlasting fruits through the intercession of Mary, “the woman of the holy Eucharist.” Amen! 


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

Friday, 17 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 17: Luminous Mysteries 4

Holy Rosary Month - Day 17: Luminous Mysteries 4

The transfiguration of our Lord at Mount Tabor: In the fourth luminous mystery we meditate on the transfiguration of our Lord at Mount Tabor. Why does it come under luminous mystery? The theme of light and glory continue here in this mystery too; “As they looked on, a change came over Jesus: his face was shining like the sun, and his clothes were dazzling white.” (Mt17:2) The figure of Moses, tents, shining cloud, voice from the shining cloud, and the disciples’ falling down to ground etc. remind us of the theophany of God in the wilderness of Sinai. The disciples joyously expressed their wish through Peter to be there on the mountain, “Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mt 17:4) The reply was not from Jesus to whom they asked but from God the father, “This is my own dear son, with whom I am well pleased – listen to him!” (Mt 17:5) I do believe that it was also to make them aware that they were not simply dreaming, but were in a real life experience and are now ready to take up the mission from heaven given through Jesus, the son of God. ‘Listen to Jesus,’ who took up the mission of the father, fulfilled them and glorified Him. (Jn 17:4)
Paul says about this mission of Jesus, “He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to become equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took up the nature of a servant.” (Phil 2:6, 7) Now the disciples are also asked to leave mountain of glory and go down to the valley where they will find people who are in need of their help and support. It is in a way a sharing in the salvific act of the Lord our God; it is the mission of proclamation entrusted to the disciples, “Your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your father in heaven.” (Mt 5:17) It means that the joy of the listening to the word should make us come down to our life situations and do good; the joy of the vision of glory should also make us share our God experience with our brethren. Does this luminous mystery illumine my life?
                       
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning of revelations and direct us how to listen to the word of God and live accordingly. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have received the gift of vision that they may use it under the genuine guidance for the good of the church. Let those who have not received it may not use it and mislead the people. Mary, sweet of wisdom, pray for us. Amen!
 

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 16: Luminous Mysteries 3

Holy Rosary Month - Day 16: Luminous Mysteries 3

The proclamation of God’s Kingdom: In the third luminous mystery we meditate on the proclamation of God’s Kingdom. Why does it come under luminous mystery? The Psalmist says, “The unfolding of your words sheds light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Ps 119:130) The revelation of God is the source of true knowledge for it comes from God; it eliminates darkness from our lives and gives right knowledge of God. Therefore, the Psalmist rightly declares, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105) After the formation of the Israel, ‘people of God’, ‘they were given through Moses the Ten Commandments which was the manifestation of God’s will.’ (Ex 31:18) They were to obey these commandments unconditionally in order to be the people of God. They were blessed abundantly by God whenever they were faithful to God and his commandments and were punished whenever gone unfaithful (examples of kings Saul, David, and Solomon) Most of the part of their life, Israelite proved themselves that faithfulness to God cannot be lived effortlessly.
However, the loving God was always faithful to them even when they were unfaithful and according to his promise, the eternal Word, the second person of the trinity, became flesh and dwelt among humankind. “For, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) Jesus, the Son therefore, taught people about the kingdom of God and its values. He asserted that he has come not to abolish the laws given by God through Moses but to fulfill them (Mt 5:17); he asked them to review their good works like prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and find out whether they are done according to the spirit of the children of God the father (Mt 6:1) i.e. they should be done not for showing others or seeking men’s glory but for the glory of God; and he asked them not to judge others or behave like false prophets, but be like true disciple who built his house on the rock. (Mt 7:21-27) All these teachings did shed light on the lives of the hearers and they were astonished at his teaching, “for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.’ (Mt 7:28, 29) Do I really allow this proclamation of Jesus enter into my heart and live a life of the child of the light? 
                    
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to listen to the proclamation of the word of God with attention and live accordingly. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who yearn for the word of the Lord but often distracted and deviated from its path. Let them be guided by the Holy Spirit and be convinced of the fact that “Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord,” (Ps 1:1) through the intercession of holy Mary. Amen!
 

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 15: Luminous Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 15: Luminous Mysteries 2

The changing of water into wine at Cana of Galilee: In the second luminous mystery we meditate on the changing of water into wine at Cana of Galilee. Why does it come under luminous mystery? The gospel of John says, “The word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the father’s only Son.” (Jn 1:14) It is truly a remembrance of the Israel’s God experience in the wilderness during the exodus. For them ‘the tabernacle or the tent of meeting was the place of God’s presence among his people.’ (Ex 25:8, 9; 33:7) The experience of the presence of the Lord is well narrated in the book of Exodus; “As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and stand at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. On seeing the column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people would raise and worship at the entrance of their tents.” (Ex 33:9, 10) Keeping this in mind we continue our meditation. Here John want to say that Jesus came to his own people and dwelt among them, preaching good news, healing the sick, and doing good things to everyone. In other words, the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, is the new mode of God’s presence among his people; “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the lamb.” (Rev 21:22)
What does it mean? It means that Jesus Christ is present throughout the church in the present time not in a particular place. Like the Israel who experienced the presence and glory of the Lord in the form of the column of the cloud, John is trying to say that the miracles and wonders Jesus performed are the signs of God’s glory. They shed light into the revelation of Jesus the Son of God. Then the miracle of the changing of water into wine is a clear indication of God’s revelation; (cf. “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory.” (Jn 2:11) Do the miracles today lead us to God’s revelation? If we are after miracles only because of our material needs, not because of our faith in Jesus, then he will deny miracle and rebuke us, “How evil and godless are the people of this generation! You ask me for a miracle? No! The only miracle you will be given is the miracle of the prophet Jonah.” (Mt 12:39)
              
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the inner meaning and significance of Jesus’ miracles and wonders. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who believe in Jesus Christ but at times tempted by people who say “no miracle, no God.” Let them be guided by the Holy Spirit and ‘be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with that He requires of them, and He will provide them with all what they need’ (Mt 6:33) through the intercession of holy Mary. Amen! 


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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 14: Luminous Mysteries 1

Holy Rosary Month - Day 14: Luminous Mysteries 1

The Baptism of our Lord at River Jordan: In the first luminous mystery we meditate on the baptism of our Lord Jesus at river Jordan. It is quite remarkable to note that the baptism of Jesus has been put as the first of the luminous mysteries. This may also be to remind us, I hope, of the connection between the first creation day account where God created Light saying, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3) and the sacrament of baptism. Through the creation of light, God made an eternal separation between light and darkness. In baptism God kindles his divine light in us to remove the darkness of the original sin; the beginning of the new creation of Christian life in us. We know that it is during the baptism of Jesus, heavens were opened and God the father revealed, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Lk 3:17) Baptism of Jesus was in the beginning of his public ministry through which the humankind enjoyed ‘the fruits of the year of the Lord.’ (cf. Lk 4:18, 19) In other words, the light coming from God the father now was shed through Jesus Christ on the people who were in darkness; “The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.” (Mt 4:16) Baptism is therefore a lighting of the divine lamp in the life of a Christian. To say in other words, it is through baptism that we consecrate ourselves to Jesus Christ, “the light of the world.” (Jn 8:12) Here we should not be in any way confused with the separation light and darkness in Jesus and in us. Here it only means that it is through baptism that which Jesus received for the fulfillment of all righteousness, he was revealed as the light of the world and this very light, kindled in us through baptism, drives us away all the activities of darkness in us. St. John says, “If we say, ‘We have fellowship with him,’ while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth.” (1Jn 1:6) As we read, probably an early Christian baptismal hymn, in the letter to the Ephesians, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (5:14) Do I really understand the deeper meaning of the sacrament of baptism and its fruits? 
      
 Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you today for your special maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the inner meaning of the sacrament of baptism we, each one, received. In this holy mystery we specially pray for all those who have received baptism but are not able to lead a fruitful Christian life. Let them be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and be confident enough that ‘the one who is in them is greater than the one who is in the world’ (1Jn 4:4) through the intercession of holy Mary. Amen! 


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 13: Joyful Mysteries 5

Holy Rosary Month - Day 13: Joyful Mysteries 5

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple: In the fifth joyful mystery we meditate on the finding of Jesus in the Temple. The joy of the joyful mysteries is in its culmination now. Though we are happy as we get something new or a gift, but our joy becomes double while we get back something which we had lost. This joy is well expressed in many and varied ways in the bible. In the Lucan parables of lost sheep, lost coin, and prodigal son (Lk 15) we see this well illustrated. Surely we are not in any way comparing the lost ones of these parables to Jesus, but to feel the joyous celebration of the shepherd, the woman, and the loving father and compare it with the joy of Mary and Joseph. When the anxious search for Jesus among their travelling companions failed they went back up to Jerusalem. Prophet Simon’s prophecy that sorrow, like a sharp sword, would break Mary’s heart is on its way now. Her journey back to Jerusalem had certainly more speed than her hurried visit to Elizabeth.

On the third day, they found Jesus seated among the teachers who on Saturdays and festivals explained the Holy Scriptures, and discussed doctrinal matters with the people. However, Mary could not but express her great happiness in her maternal loving question, “My son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you.” (Lk 2:48) Certainly it was an expression of her love, affection, sorrow, distress, and anxiety, and so on. However, this question of mother Mary brought to her good news; what I would like to call, “the second annunciation.” For, today what she heard from Jesus was an affirmation of the promise of Gabriel; “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.” (Lk 1:32) Yes, in his answer it is apparent, “Why did you have look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my father’s house? The joyous mysteries began with the annunciation of the angel Gabriel and joyously end with another annunciation from Jesus himself. How wonderful it is!  
                     
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary, our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning of being alert and watchful in Christian life that we may not lose Jesus and his values in our life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who have lost their Christian values and try to regain it. Let them be filled with the confidence that “he has a father whose heart is filled with pity and ready to receive him with all his love,” (Lk 15:20) through the intercession of holy Mary. Amen! 


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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 11: Joyful Mysteries 4

Holy Rosary Month - Day 11: Joyful Mysteries 4

The Presentation: In the fourth joyful mystery we meditate on the presentation of Jesus in the temple. The long awaited Messianic prophecy was fulfilled and we saw the joy of both the heaven and the earth. This sharing in of joy continues in the fourth mystery. “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart,” (Lk 2:19) for every life received from the Lord is a gift as well as mystery. Joseph and Mary knew that it is the son of God but they had to fulfill the mission received through the angel, “You shall name him Jesus.” (Mt 1:21; Lk1:32) After eight days, the child, God’s gift was given the name Jesus, meaning Savior, (Mt 1:21) as foretold by the angel. (Lk 2:21) When the time came for Joseph and Mary to present infant Jesus in the temple according the Law of Moses, they took him to the temple. Though they were poor people they offered a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law. Now we find that the joy is shared with the two holy people; ‘Simon to whom the Holy Spirit had revealed that he would not die before seeing the promised savior and Anna, a very holy prophetess. Simon took the child and gave thanks to God of Israel and Joseph and Mary were amazed at the things prophet Simon said about Jesus. Anna also gave thanks to God of Israel and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.’(Lk 2:28-38)

Yes, the joy of the gospel is continued here; it is not only in listening to the word of the Lord but in living as per the word and the promise. We find here a fine continuation of Mary’s spirituality. The mystery of visitation: The word of God makes Mary serve others and share in joy with others; Mary hurried visit to Elizabeth after receiving the annunciation. How happy Mary and Elizabeth were! The mystery of presentation: The word of God prepares Mary fulfill all her duties as per the Law and share in joy with others; Mary’s naming of Jesus and presentation in the temple. How happy Mary, Joseph, Simon, and Anna were! 
                 
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary our mother and guide; help us to understand the meaning of being faithful to the word of God and live a Christian life accordingly. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who have received abundantly God’s gratuitous gifts but lead a life of ingratitude. Let them be filled with the real spirit of gratitude through the intercession of holy Mary, and proclaim ‘we are ordinary servants; we have only done our duty.’ (Lk 17:10) Amen! 


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Friday, 10 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 10: Joyful Mysteries 3

Holy Rosary Month - Day 10: Joyful Mysteries 3

The Nativity: In the third joyful mystery we meditate on the birth of Jesus. The center of joyful mysteries is the third mystery of the birth of the long awaited Messiah. The birth of Jesus was announced by an angel of the Lord to some shepherds in the night, “Don’t be afraid! I am here with the good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David’s town your Savior was born – Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in manger.” (Lk 2:10-12) The Emmanuel prophecy/sign that was given to the forefathers in the book of Isaiah (Is 7:14) has now become true. A moment of joy for both the heaven and the earth; the heavenly joy is well expressed through the singing by an army of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased.” (Lk 2:14) As with the joy of Mary who hasted to visit Elizabeth, the shepherds hurried off with joy and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in a manger.” (Lk 2:15, 16) The same earthly joy continued in the visit and offerings of the three wise men. It is with great joy they too traveled all through the way from the East to Jerusalem and asking, “Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.” (Mt 2:2) The same joy is commemorated in our Christmas celebrations especially in making the crib. We prepare the manger beautifully with Mary, Joseph, Jesus, angel, shepherds and sheep, wise men and camels, star etc. And the joy is carried always with us and is again well manifested in the Gloria singing in the Latin liturgy and in the opening formula of the Syrian Liturgy. This joy makes the foundation for the joy of the gospel in our daily life; we are no more afraid of any slavery, human or Satanic, for we have a Redeemer and Savior. He is Emmanuel; “God with us” Am I even today afraid of anything? Do I believe that Jesus is my Savior? “He has called us to live in peace;” (I Cor 7:15) for “he is our peace.” (Eph 2:14) 
                    
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary our mother and guide help us to believe that Jesus is our sole Savior; he only saves me from all my fears, problems, and difficulties. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who lead a life of fear, of satanic influence, and of the wrong belief of ancestors’ curse. Let them be filled with the real spirit of joy and peace and experience that Jesus the Savior is with them always. Amen! 


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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 9: Joyful Mysteries 2

Holy Rosary Month - Day 9: Joyful Mysteries 2

The Visitation: In the second joyful mystery we meditate on the visitation of Mary. Angel Gabriel’s salutation was, “Rejoice, highly favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Lk 1:28) This mystery indeed manifests clearly Mary’s joy of having Jesus; she really experiences that the Lord is with her. In her magnificat she shouts for joy and sings, “My spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Lk 1:47) Let us also join in her great happiness. Even the child John in Elizabeth’s womb takes part in this joy; “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with Holy Spirit.” (Lk 1:41) This joy becomes double in gratitude if we remember the sufferings and lamentations of the Israelites of Assyrian (721BC) and Babylonian (587 BC) exiles and their prayerful expectation for a Messiah. What the Psalter hoped centuries ago; “Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy,” (Ps 126:5) has been fulfilled now.
The expression of Mary’s joy is climaxed in her journey to Elizabeth’s house; “During those days Mary set out and travelled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth.” (Lk 1:39, 40) The inner joy of Mary is expressed obviously in her hurried journey. Whom is she going to visit? She is going to visit her kinswoman Elizabeth who is now rejoicing in her old age with the beautiful thanksgiving prayer, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.” (Lk 1:25) The moment of their meet imparts to us indeed a heavenly joy. Both of them filled with the Holy Spirit greet each other with inner joy. In rendering timely service to Elizabeth, Mary was doing justice to her accompanied by genuine peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. St. Paul says, “The kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 14:17)          
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary our mother and guide, help us to understand the meaning of being joyful and service-minded in our daily life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who render their selfless service to the society in Jesus name that they continue to do it with the joy of the Gospel. Let them be filled with the real spirit of Christian fraternity through the intercession of holy Mary.  Amen! 


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Holy Rosary Month - Day 8: Joyful Mysteries 1

Holy Rosary Month - Day 8: Joyful Mysteries 1

The Annunciation: In the first joyful mystery we meditate on the angel Gabriel’s annunciation. The message of the angel to Mary is known as the annunciation, because the angel announced the birth of Jesus. The fulfillment of the messianic prophecy is close at hand. The salvific journey of God’s preparation of the people of God is coming to an end. It is quite different from the remote messianic prophecy in Gen 3:15 (“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”) and the proximate messianic prophecy in Is 7:14 (“The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”) Now the prophecy to the Israelites i.e. messianic prophecy to humankind is going to be realized right now. Therefore, the angel’s annunciation is not only to Mary but also to each one of us. We share in the joy of Mary in this holy mystery. Mary herself in her magnificat acknowledges that what she has received now is according to the promise of God to Israel, “He has helped Israel his servant remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Lk 1:54, 55)

 This mystery also gives each one of us both an opportunity to rejoice in the Lord and to take up a mission in the Lord. What is that mission? It is the task to be filled with the grace of God. Mary was saluted by angel Gabriel with the title “full of grace” and made known to her that she had been chosen to be mother of our Savior Jesus. That means, unless and until we are filled with grace we will not be able to proclaim, or give witness to Jesus. Remember what we are taught in our early catechism classes; in order to receive Holy Communion we have to be in state of grace. However, this task makes us double happy that we are also called to be instruments in the hands of the Lord today like Mary, mother of Jesus. But are we ready to respond to God’s message like Mary did; “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)                          
Prayer: Oh Mary, mother of Jesus! We come to you for your maternal help and protection. Mary our mother and guide, help us to understand the meaning of being obedient and thankful to God in our daily life. In this holy mystery we specially pray for those who have joyously responded to the call of the Lord but find difficulty in fulfilling the duties entrusted to it faithfully. Let them be filled with the real spirit of discipleship through the intercession of holy Mary, and ‘return to the first Love.’ (Rev 2:5) Amen! 


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