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