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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! 

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

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