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